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



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