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 holds degrees in music from Whittier College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.M. and D.M.A.) and completed further studies in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1985. Lisa holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Gardner-Webb University, and teaches 4th grade at Mountain View Elementary. They have two sons, Garrett, who is working as an engineering intern for Tesla while completing his degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Shane, who is a freshman at Pennsylvania College of Technology where he studies business. Peter is passionate about the outdoors, and spends his free time camping, exercising, and reading. Professionally, he’s interested in music history, and writing original musical pieces that connect people to the Scriptures in new and vibrant ways.

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 BA 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, have made Linda very happy with news of a grandson due in January 2018.

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’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 father to two boys, Ryan and Hank. He graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in ’09 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 feels very blessed to be able to work with 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 Burnham for 33 years. 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 reading and playing card games. Her responsibilities at Corinth include keeping all the paperwork and communications with youth, parents of youth, and the college ministry organized. Angie also fills in wherever Pastor Paul needs help with organizing activities and events for the youth.

One of Angie’s favorite passages of Scripture is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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CAROLINE RITCHEY – Adult Ministry Assistant

Bio coming soon…