Grace General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 828-693-4890 (staff extensions noted below)
Grace Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pastor Greg Williams
Senior Pastor, email@example.com (In the office Sunday-Thursday)
I am blessed to be called to serve as Senior Pastor of Grace. This is the fourth congregation I have served – all in North Carolina. What excites me about Grace is the deep passion throughout the congregation to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to life. We are passionate about Bible study and we are passionate about serving our neighbor – as Christ commands us to do. These are reflected in the congregation’s purpose statement: “Transforming Lives Through Christ.”
My passions in ministry match well with those of Grace. I enjoy the spiritual growth I experience in preparing to lead Bible study classes and to preach. I bring experience and a love of serving those in need in the community. I volunteer regularly with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. I have a compassionate heart that equips me well for pastoral care in the trying times of people’s lives. I find no greater pleasure as a pastor than helping people – new members, children, youth, and adults – deepen their faith in Jesus Christ AND bring that faith to life through ministry.
I rejoice to be part of an outstanding ministry team that serves with the family of God at Grace.
My wife, Brenda, is a Music Therapist with Four Seasons Compassions for Life. She is active in the music ministry at Grace. Rachel and Elliott are our two (married) adult children.
Pastor, firstname.lastname@example.org (In the office Tuesday through Friday and Sunday)
I am thrilled to be a part of a thriving, healthy congregation that actively pursues its purpose of Transforming Lives Through Christ. People from a wide variety of backgrounds find their home with us. Grace is a church where people can be inspired in their faith and engage in meaningful ministry.
I began my ministry as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in July of 2006. Grace is a place where I thrive in my gifts for ministry. In addition to my regular ministry of preaching, leading worship, teaching and visitation, I also enjoy working with the Congregation care and visitation ministry, Stephen Ministry, Hospitality & Fellowship ministry, Lutheran Men in Mission, Social Ministry and Prayer ministry. I am also a chaplain with the Blue Ridge Mountains chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician.
I’m from Wisconsin and graduated from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Since my ordination in 1992, I have served congregations in North Carolina.
My wife Catherine and I are beginning the “empty nest” phase of our lives as our twin children Nadine and Evan began college in August 2016.
Pastor, email@example.com ext. 331 (Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings)
Born in Torreon, Mexico, Pastor Oviedo had a sense of calling to Christian Pastoral Ministry at age 15. He was a student at Seminario Teologico Bautista Mexicano after high school graduation in Mexico City in 1980. He came to the US in 1989 to pursue graduate theological studies and was ordained to Pastoral Ministry in Dilley, TX, in 1989. Pastor Oviedo graduated Valedictorian from Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary in San Antonio with a Diploma in Theology in 1992. He also graduated from Wayland Baptist University (Plainview TX) – BSOE – Christian Studies in 1993; Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity with a Master of Divinity in 1999; and University of North Carolina-Asheville with a Master of Liberal Arts in 2001. After completing studies at Southern Seminary, he was ordained in the ELCA in 2014.
Director of Music Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 306 (Sunday-Thursday)
Burton earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University. He began piano lessons in elementary school and began playing hymns for the Men’s Bible class at his church when he was in middle school. Some lessons from the church organist convinced him during high school that he wanted to study music in college. In 1995 he received a fellowship award to study with composer Alice Parker in New York City. He has written and arranged music for organ and for chorus published by Hinshaw, Warner Brothers and G.I.A. He began writing plays in 1994 and to date more that 65 of his scripts have been published. Many of his scripts are particularly appropriate for middle and high school students. Burton is honored and blessed to be a part of staff of Grace Church.
Director of Adult Ministry, email@example.com ext. 304 (Sunday-Thursday)
I have been involved at Grace as a member and volunteer since 1989. I joined the staff in 1995 as Director of Christian Education and have also served in the area of Youth Ministry. With great excitement, I now work with adults of all ages on their faith journey. I come from the state of Washington where I grew up, went to college and worked. I am a wife, mother and new grandmother in a wonderful family.
As Director of Adult Ministry, I oversee and assist with programming such as Sunday School for adults, Disciple Bible studies, Oasis classes, various workshops and the OWLs, an active seniors group that enjoy sharing meals and day trips together. It is my prayer and desire that everyone who attends Grace will experience a deeper, more personal relationship with Jesus Christ through worship and the variety of disciple-making classes and opportunities offered in our church community.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 309 (Sunday-Thursday)
Serving in congregational youth ministry since 2002, Anne joined our Grace Lutheran staff in November 2010. She is a native North Carolinian and has strong roots in the Lutheran church receiving her Bachelors degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Masters Degree in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, in 2009, and has also worked on staff as a camp counselor at Lutheridge.
Anne’s passion for ministry with youth and their families focuses on celebrating our God given connections by weaving vibrant faith keys together: caring conversations, devotion to God, service to others and rituals/traditions. Youth are the church NOW, not the just the future, and they become adults of faith by seeing adults of faith in action. This is why it is so pivotal to have our youth in the center of the life of the congregation. We must assist parents in fulfilling the promises made at their child’s baptism. Our programs for youth do not make their group a separate organization from the church family, but they help our youth serve their congregation and community. Anne is thankful for her team ministry role at Grace, serving and caring alongside parents and other adult members as advocates with and for the youth of Grace.
Director of Children & Family Ministry, email@example.com ext. 344 (Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Jill, a lifelong Lutheran and member of Grace, brings a solid faith foundation combined with parenting skills honed by her four children, excellent organizational experience from the business world, and a deep passion to support parents in nurturing faith within their families.
Jill earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from American University in Washington DC. She spent 13 years in business before having her family and becoming a stay-at-home mother and was active as a volunteer in her children’s schools. Jill has been a teacher for 3 and 4-year olds, a substitute preschool teacher at Grace and has spearheaded the theme development and execution of numerous successful fundraisers at Atkinson Elementary School in Hendersonville.
As Director of Children and Family Ministry at Grace, Jill leads and directs programs for children from birth through elementary school (5th grade) including their families. She provides programs or develops new ones as necessary to meet the spiritual needs of children and their families.
Director of Gifts Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 316 (Tuesday; Wednesday afternoon)
The ‘PLACE Lady’ at Grace is Karen-Eve Pfotzer (nee Bayne), a Henderson County native with family roots going back more than 200 years. Going from global to local again, she returned to the US in 2006 after 25 years away: 10 years in DC/ NYC and 15 years in the UK/Europe in international business. She holds degrees in sociology, psychology and theology from UNCA, INSEAD (France) and Trinity College (UK).With a background in business, Human Resources, counselling and a passion for encouraging people in personal development, she volunteered to train for the PLACE Program as part of our Gifts Ministry. Karen-Eve came on board in Oct 2009.
Karen-Eve has a passion for connecting people with what will bring them joy and fulfillment. She believes that people should involve themselves in ministries according to their unique design by God and be inspired by their ministry. She believes there is joyful place for everyone at Grace. As a well-known storyteller and performer, Karen-Eve also directs the Do Tell Storyfest in town and sits on several local boards. She and her daughter Allison have been members since 2007.
Communications Manager, email@example.com
Donna manages our website, social media and email communications; prepares the Grace Vine newsletter; creates print and digital publications; guides our effective use of various communications resources; and leads our branding efforts.
Donna has extensive experience in print and digital media as well as marketing, communications and branding. For the 12 years prior to her employment at Grace (in August 2014), Donna served as Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications at the University of Cincinnati, a four-year public research institution with enrollment of more than 42,000 students. Donna also worked in communications and marketing at Wright State University (Fairborn, OH) and the University of Dayton. She earned a BA in communication with a minor in marketing from the University of Dayton.
Donna and her husband Bill have been actively involved as members since March 2014. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Executive Director of Parish Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 303 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m)
Greg brings more than 36 years of nonprofit management experience with the YMCA and the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, the last 26 years in the camping field. He has a BA from Wilmington College in Business Administration and Youth Agency Administration with a minor in Accounting.
Greg is in charge of operations, including building use and maintenance, membership data, support staff and finance. Greg and his wife Nancy live in Brevard with their three children, Breana, Ashley and Jonathan.
Administrative Assistant, email@example.com ext. 315 (Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, as needed)
Jolie prepares bulletins, attends to church member and visitor needs and assists with church administration.
She earned a degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also certified in paralegal studies. Prior to her working with Grace Lutheran, Jolie worked in a variety of non-profit organizations.
Jolie is a recent transplant from Oregon with her husband and rescue dog. She spends her time exploring western North Carolina.
Assistant Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org (finance schedule)
Ruthie is the liaison between church members, staff and the treasurer. She assists with finance accounts payable and check posting.
Food Service Manager, email@example.com ext. 329 (Wednesdays, as needed)
George is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts and is Serve Safe certified. He has worked at numerous restaurants in this area as Executive Chef, General Manager and Food & Beverage Director. Most of George’s work is related to providing meals (with the help of volunteers) for Oasis on Wednesday evenings during the school year. He will also oversee the Stull Hall kitchen and work with the Hospitality & Fellowship Ministry. George may be contracted to work with group events at Grace that involve food.
Custodian, firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., off Tuesday)
Anthony serves as full-time custodian and assists with a variety of construction and renovation projects. He has more than 11 years’ experience with a variety of building repair and maintenance. Anthony is a Hendersonville native.