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

Administrative Assistant

Janet Thomas

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Janet earned her BS Chemistry/Biochemistry degree at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN and her MBA at King College in Bristol, TN.  Her background includes both technical, analytical, graphic, HR, 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), and then God brought her back to Kingsport, TN.  Her family moved back into the same house they lived in before moving to Blue Springs! "I feel that God brought me to my HTLC family,” Janet says.  She’s been here at HTLC since 2018 and serves our administrative needs including:  creating our Weekly Updates, monthly newsletters (Trumpet), website development and updates, keeping our calendar straight and current, as well as 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.  She is married to her high school sweetheart with boy/girl twins. 


“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 (through Family Promise and shelters), caring for and engaging with shut-ins and the elderly, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Stephen Ministry, etc.  There are so many things to get involved in to help others and make a better world for us all.”  --  Janet


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!

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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