Rev. Scottie Burkhalter

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Pastor Scottie earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA.  He is also a Board eligible ACPE Certified Chaplain after further education at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.  He has served as a hospital chaplain and also as a hospice chaplain.  Pastor Scottie has served in numerous community outreach ministries including his involvement with prison ministry since 1994.  Pastor Scottie served God on mission trips to El Salvador and Guatemala.  He served churches in New Sweden, ME, Maryville, TN, Greer, SC, and now in Kingsport, TN.  In addition to serving as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (HTLC), he currently serves on the Kingsport Homeless Ministry Board.  In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and trout fishing.  Pastor Scottie is married to Myra, his bride of over forty years.  They have five adult children, one daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law, one soon to be son-in-law, and five grandchildren.


 “My personal mission is to love God by serving others with compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm.  God calls me to GO-BE-DO:  GO make disciples, BE the light of Christ and DO God’s will.

In my public role as a leader within the congregation, my approach, style and manner is characterized as loving God by serving others while also encouraging others to love God by serving others as well.  My style of ministry is a simple ministry of presence which includes being in the Word and with the people.  I believe being the hands and feet of Christ is an important witness.  Truly our ministry is about letting our light shine as we love God by serving others.  I am blessed that God has called me to the wonderful community of Kingsport, TN to serve as pastor of this amazing church family of dedicated servants of the Lord at HTLC.”  -- Pastor Scottie

Musician/Choir Director

Chris Neal

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Chris has more than 30 years of experience in liturgical and church music in the Roman Catholic Church and United Methodist Church. His skillset includes choral direction, directing from the organ console, handbell directing, children/youth choir and cantor coaching. Chris plays the organ and piano with experience from Baroque to more modern organ/piano works. Choral music is a specialty since holding his first Organist position in a small Methodist congregation in 1988. In addition to Chris’s musical talent and experience, he is well versed in the liturgical service and following the liturgical year. He has been serving at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Bristol, VA for the last 6 years and before that at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Kingsport. 

Admin. Assistant (remote)

Marie Baker

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Marie is originally from Anderson, SC and has lived in Florida, Pirmasens, Germany, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, before moving to Tennessee.

Marie has a banking and business background; she currently works as a clinical mental health therapist and has studied social work and healthcare administration at East Tennessee State University where she earned her BS degree. Additionally, Marie has earned two Masters, one in Clinical Mental Health, and another in Addiction Counseling.  

favorite Bible verse(s):   Luke 8:45-47. 

Parish Nurse

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HTLC is actively looking for a qualified person to serve in this capacity. 

To apply go to

Click on careers>view job listings>location-(Tennessee)>job title (type in Faith Community Nurse).  It is posted as RN, Faith Community Nurse – Pastoral Care.