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: 828.328.6196
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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 (Carlie), Cara, and Jeni (Matt) and precious grandchildren, Arlo and Avery.

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
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HANNAH ANDERS – Director of Children’s Ministries

Hannah is a Morganton Native with a calling for working with children. She is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University (Go Dawgs!) with a degree in Photojournalism. She is studying for a Master’s in Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hannah spends most of her time with her family and dog, Maple. She also spends a good amount of time as a photographer with a love of telling people’s stories and the views of nature. 

One of Hannah’s favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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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
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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
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