Our support staff is made up of hard-working, dedicated individuals who are committed to the mission and ministry of Corinth. You may not see these folks very often, but you’re certainly enjoying the fruits of their labors every time you step on our campus.

BARBARA ROITHNER – Office Manager

Barb is originally from Ohio but has lived in North Carolina since 1985. She and her husband, Gary, lived in both Charlotte and Greenville, NC, before moving to Hickory.  They have a daughter, Richelle, who grew up at Corinth and is now part of a mission team with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). In 2001, Barb left a successful career in the corporate world in response to a very strong call on her life to serve the Lord. She feels very blessed and humbled to be part of Corinth Reformed Church and to be a staff member where she can serve the Lord every single day.

One of Barbara’s favorite passages of Scripture is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 203
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JULIE RICKERT – Office Assistant

Julie and her family are recent transplants from the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin. Looking for a milder climate, they pulled up roots in the summer of 2020 and are now enjoying getting settled in Hickory. Julie’s husband, David, works for the Von Drehle Corporation, and they have 2 daughters, Miah and Taylor.

One of Julie’s favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 201
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JAN CALDWELL – Financial Secretary

Jan and her husband, Jerry, have a grown son, Jay (wife Heidi). She is the proud grandmother of Paige and Brayden. In her free time, Jan enjoys baking, reading, and fitness—especially walking outside.

One of Jan’s favorite passages of Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 205
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REAGAN LAIL – Technology Coordinator

Reagan was born and raised a resident of Burke County. He attended Burke Middle College to complete an Associate of Arts degree from Western Piedmont while in his last two years of high school. Reagan heard the call to ministry when he was 12 and went on to serve for 7 summers at Hickory Cove Bible Camp before coming on full-time staff as the Registrar/Guest Group Coordinator. He began part-time work for Corinth in June of 2018 and transitioned to full time as the Technology Coordinator in August of the same year.

One of Reagan’s favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 225
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MELISSA SHUFORD – Childcare Coordinator

Melissa was born in Dalton, GA, and moved to Hickory at age 6. She is a Hickory High graduate and holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Psychology with a Management concentration from Appalachian State. She is married to Ron, and they have a son, Ethan. Melissa enjoys live music, working out, reading, and walking her dog. She has been working at Corinth since 2003.

One of Melissa’s favorite passages of scripture is Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

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JOE LIPPARD – Facility Manager

Joe is a native of Statesville, NC, and began working in church at age 7.  He holds a degree in Business Administration and Computer Programming.  He came to Corinth in 1996 shortly after graduating college, hearing the Lord’s call to ministry.  Joe has served his home church in the positions of Board Chair, Financial Director, and Organist.  He has a great love of sacred music and is presently an organ student of Prof. Florence Jowers.  Joe possesses a vast historical and structural knowledge of Corinth’s facilities and operations. Joe is also the great-grandson of the late W. C. Abernathy, job superintendent for Corinth’s 1959 building.

One of Joe’s favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 111:2-10.

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LISA PROPST – Kitchen Manager

Lisa was born and raised in Hickory. She attended Appalachian State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University where she graduated with a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration.  Her children, Sarah and Christopher, grew up at Corinth.  Sarah has been at UNC-Chapel Hill since Fall 2017, and Christopher graduated from Hickory High School (HHS) in May 2020.  Lisa has been feeding Corinth since 2003. As Kitchen Manager, she is responsible for comprehensive management of Wednesday Night Dinners and other events. In her free time, Lisa enjoys photography, camping, two sweet dogs, and HHS Marching Band. Her favorite part of the Corinth traditional service is the music.  “I am always touched by the hymns, choir, and special musicians Peter invites to play.”

One of Lisa’s favorite passages of Scriptures is Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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GINNY HEINRICH – Kitchen Assistant

Ginny is originally from the Erie, PA, area. She left Pennsylvania and headed to Hickory to get away from the 100 inches of snow and 6 months of cold weather. She has 3 children (2 girls and a boy), 10 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

Ginny’s previous employment included 10 years with a large pizza manufacturer, 14 years as a secretary for an OB/Gyn office, cooking for a small Christian school, and finally working in her local school district cafeteria for 6 years. That was her favorite job. Then she came to Corinth, and she knew her heart was home.

One of Ginny’s favorite Bible verses is Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.”

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LOU LUDWIG – Kitchen Assistant

Lou grew up in the Central Valley of California’s agriculture “heartland.” Both of Lou’s parents passed away during his senior year in high school so he began working in restaurants/kitchens all over Northern California. In 1979, a German Master Chef at Silverado Country Club in Napa Valley, CA, took Lou under his wing and helped launch him into The Marriott Marquis Hotels Resorts arena with seven renowned Master Chef’s from all over the world. From 1988 to 2018, Lou designed, developed, and launched nine hotels and resorts, 16 golf and country clubs, 20 independent hospitality venues, and 128 senior living communities. Because of this, Lou made over 50 moves across the U.S. and Japan. Lou has now found a permanent home here at Corinth and in Hickory where he can be with his daughter, Lydia Carlino, son-in-law, Nick, and grandchildren, Mason and Maleah. Lou also has two other grown daughters—Tabitha and Elizabeth.

One of Lou’s favorite passages of scriptures is Psalm 5:3 “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

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KATIE ELDER – Communications Coordinator

Katie has been a member of Corinth since 1995. She was confirmed by Pastor Bob and has watched Corinth grow in faith and size. She was married to her husband, Josh, at Corinth and now attends regularly with their 3 children—Allie, Evan, and Emmy. Katie has a background in Communication Studies and enjoys interacting with people and making them feel welcome. She is active in church Bible studies, Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Refresh for Moms. Katie loves being a mom and seeing her kids get excited about church!

One of Katie’s favorite passages of scripture is Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 243
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PATTER CROSS – Connections Coordinator

Patter was born in Ohio but left when she was 6 weeks old. She then lived in 8 different states before moving to Europe in 3rd grade. Patter lived in England and Germany where she graduated from high school. She then moved to the U.S. to attend college and graduated in 1988. Patter and her husband, Michael, were married in 1989. Then 5 years later, in 1994, they were surprised and blessed with identical triplet girls (Erin, Caitlyn, and Ashley). Patter has been serving the Lord in various ministries and leadership roles since 1999. She has been a member of Corinth since January 2013 and in her role at Corinth since April 2019. Patter delights in connecting with members, visitors, and regular attenders. She has a passion for helping people find ways to belong and serve.

In her spare time, she loves to walk her two rough collies each morning and be surrounded by the Lord’s beautiful creations. She is also a mixed media artist where she focuses on sharing Christ through her work.

One of Patter’s favorite passages of Scripture is James 4:8 (ESV) “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 242
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ABIGAIL HARDY – Youth Ministry Assistant

Abigail was born and raised in Cullowhee, NC.  She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Psychology and then earned her MAT from Asbury University.  After teaching and coaching soccer in Danville, KY for four years, she and her husband, Greg, moved to Hickory in 2008 and started attending Corinth in the fall of that year. Greg and Abigail have 5 children–Lincoln, Amos, Tyler, Caleb, and Rachel.

Abigail enjoys reading, Tar Heel basketball, photography, middle schoolers, hiking, and having real conversations with her family and friends. She has been working at Corinth since January 2021.

One of Abigail’s favorite passages of scripture is Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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