The 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 in 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 Petersville, MD while in seminary, and also in Heber Springs & Fairfield Bay, AR while on internship.  He served as pastor of churches in New Sweden, ME, Maryville, TN; Greer, SC; and now 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, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren with a fifth grandchild on the way.

 "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 one 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



Administrative Assistant

Janet Thomas

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"I feel that God brought me to my HTLC family,” Janet says.  She's been here since 2018, and serves our administrative needs including: creating our Weekly Updates, monthly newsletter (Trumpet), website development and updates, keeping our calendar straight, and seeking to maintain good communication with all of our HTLC family and friends. Call or email the church, and you will be connecting with her first.

Janet has a BS Chemistry/Biochemistry degree from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, and an MBA from King University in Bristol, TN. She is married with boy/girl twins. Her background includes both technical, analytical, graphic, and web design along with content writing for numerous platforms. She grew up in Greeneville, TN (Greene county) on a farm and attended South Greene High School. She has lived in Kingsport, TN; Blue Springs, MO (outside of Kansas City); Round Rock, TX (outside of Austin, TX), and then God brought her back to Kingsport, TN. Her family moved back into the same house they lived in before!

"I love it here. I've never been with a church with such passionate members who fully embrace loving God through serving others. It's amazing all of the community outreach and activism. Holy Trinity is involved in many programs that are close to my heart from feeding the homeless through various programs, housing the homeless (Family Promise and shelters), caring and engaging shut-ins and the elderly, Habitat, Meals on Wheels, Stephen Ministry, etc. There are so many things to be involved in to help others and make a better world for us all."...Janet



Dr. Susan Waters

God put Susan in the world in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as one of seven children of a Lutheran pastor who later accepted a call to Cleveland, Ohio. Susan received instruction in organ performance from excellent teachers such as Phillip Gehring at Valparaiso University and Richard Resch, founder of The Kantorei, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She also completed a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance while living in Missouri 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 Communication Department and the Brand & Media Strategy graduate program coordinator.  Susan earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at The University of Kansas and has served on the faculties of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  She is enjoying life here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of East Tennessee and happy to have the opportunity to serve as Holy Trinity’s organist! 

Parish Nurse

Sue Morgan

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Sue Morgan's goal for the Parish Nurse Ministry is - Caring for the body, mind and spirit, serving God and serving the people of God.

We are blessed to have our Parish Nurse, Sue Morgan, here at Holy Trinity.

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