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 38 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


Dr. Susan Waters

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God put Susan in the world in Philadelphia, PA as one of seven children of a Lutheran Pastor who later accepted a call to Cleveland, OH.  Susan received instruction in organ performance from excellent teachers such as Phillip Gehring at Valparaiso University and Richard Resch, founder of The Kantorei, at the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.  She also completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance while living in MO with her husband and two children.  Because of her love for music, Susan has been an active church organist since the age of 16.  She is an Associate Professor at ETSU in the Media and Communications Department and the Brand and Media Strategy graduate program coordinator.  Susan earned her PhD in Communications Studies at the University of Kansas and has served on the faculties of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  She is enjoying life here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of east TN and is happy to have the opportunity to serve as Holy Trinity’s organist!

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

In addition to working at Holy Trinity, Marie works as a therapist and has a passion for helping others with a history of trauma and addiction. Marie especially enjoys working with children and adolescents by helping them realize their strengths and heal from past trauma.

Marie is married, she has two sons, and a big cat named Rigby!  Spending time with family is one of her favorite things. Marie also enjoys reading, going for walks, baking, and shopping. 

Her 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.

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