Our program staff runs many of the ministries at Corinth. If you have any questions about adult ministry, children’s ministry, music ministry, etc., use the contact information below to get in touch with the leader of that ministry area.

PETER CORNELIUSSEN – Director of Music Ministry & Organist

Peter has been Director of Music Ministry and organist at Corinth since September 2001. He and his wife, Lisa, came to Hickory from Miami, Florida, where Peter had been Director of Music at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church.  Lisa and Peter met in Detroit at Calvin Presbyterian Church where Peter began work in music ministry while a graduate student at the University of Michigan. He holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree from The University of Michigan. Lisa and Peter were married in 1985 and then moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where they lived for three years before moving to Miami.  Lisa and Peter have two sons, Garrett and Shane—both born in Miami. Lisa is a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

Peter loves to write music, particularly musical theatre. He has written several children’s musicals and two large scale musicals: “The Darkest Side of Midnight” which tells the story of the Gospels through the first-person narrative of Mary Magdalene.  Peter’s largest music theatre work is “The Heart of the Maiden” telling the story of Joan of Arc.

One of Peter’s favorite passages of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Phone: 828.238.6196 Ext. 212
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LINDA THOMPSON – Director of Adult Ministries

Linda has been married to her best friend, Pastor Bob, since 1978. That same year, she graduated from Columbia International University with a B.A. in Biblical Education. Linda has served in churches since a teenager and on staff at Corinth since 1997. She loves Women’s Bible studies, walking in the beauty of both the ocean and the mountains, and especially spending time with her husband, Bob, and children, Phil, Cara, and Jeni. Phil, and his wife, Carlie, made Linda very happy with the gift of a grandson, Arlo, born in December of 2017.

One of Linda’s favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 62:5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 206
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SHARON ROWE – Director of Children’s Ministries

Sharon is married to Joe Rowe, a life-long member of Corinth, and they are the parents of three grown daughters, Pamela, Kelly, and Joanna who married three awesome men—Alan, Patrick, and Will. She has seven wonderful grandchildren:  Charlie, Grant, Milly, Andrew, Annie, Lucy, and Austin. Sharon began working at Corinth Reformed Church in 2000. Sharon’s hobbies include walking, reading, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.

One of Sharon’s favorite passages of Scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 210
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KEVIN WATKINS – Director of College & Young Adult Ministries

Kevin is married to Kristy and dad to Ryan, Hank, and Kinsey. He graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2009 and worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 9 years. He is currently enrolled in Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary working toward a Masters in Divinity. He loves Atlanta Braves baseball.

One of Kevin’s favorite passages of Scripture is Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 207
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LAUREN EVERLEY – Preschool Director

Lauren is a Hickory native, married to her high school sweetheart (Matt), and mother to their three girls. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and is a Tarheel through and through. She and her family are members of Corinth and absolutely love their church family! Lauren became Preschool Director in August 2009 and feels very blessed to be able to work with the children at Corinth and loves the staff team.

One of Lauren’s favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 217
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ANGIE BURNHAM – Youth Ministry Assistant

Angie was born and raised in Decatur, AL. She attended the University of Alabama where she earned a B.A. in Communications. She has been married to Bill since 1984. Because of Bill’s job, they first moved to Hickory in 1989, but didn’t truly settle here until 2000. Angie and Bill have two grown daughters, Annie and Emma. In her free time, Angie enjoys the beach, the mountains, reading, and playing card games. Her responsibilities at Corinth include supporting the Youth Pastor and College Pastor, overseeing youth Sunday School, helping with college student events, and keeping all of the paperwork and communications for youth, parents of youth, and the college ministry organized. Angie also organizes activities and events for the student pastor as needed.  Angie has been with Corinth since 2011.

One of Angie’s favorite passages of Scripture is Matthew 5:13-16You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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