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Pastor Jay Hilbinger

Senior Pastor


I grew up in and around Baltimore, MD, and received my B.S. degree in Business Administration from UNCG in 1984. I began serving First  Lutheran in January, 1997, after 7 years with Ebenezer Lutheran in Columbia, SC, where I earned my M. Div. degree at Lutheran Seminary in 1989. One of my favorite Bible stories is Mark 9:14-29, in which the  father of a boy who needs healing says to Jesus, "I believe; Help my unbelief!" A favorite quote from Martin Luther (one which we all  struggle with) is, "The church exists in a constant state of reform." 

My wife, Cindy, is a teacher, and our daughter, Katie Bess, graduated from UNC-Asheville, got her Masters of Social Work from UNC-Chapel and has just accepted a job there.   For leisure and recreation I enjoy music, movies, cooking, tennis and basketball. 

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Pastor Emily Lemoine



I am so grateful to be pastor here at First Lutheran Church.

Here’s some background on me: I was born and raised in Kings Mountain, NC at Resurrection Lutheran Church. I attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies. I currently live in High Point with my family.

I have two children. Charlie is 18 and is attending the Aviation Campus of GTCC learning how to manufacture and repair airplane structures. Caroline is 15 and a junior at High Point Central, where she’s in the IB program. My husband, Sam, is the IB chemistry teacher at Morehead High School in Eden, NC. He has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and is currently working on his Doctorate of Education and Curriculum through Gardner-Webb University. We have three dogs and two cats.

I earned my Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest School of Divinity in December 2016.  I am thankful to have been called to be a pastor at First Lutheran Church!


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Dan Basinger

Director of Administration Ministries


I have been a member of First Lutheran since 1989 having moved here from the Midwest and joined the staff in July 2015. My wife, Cyndie, and I have been married for 40 years and we have two adult children, Heather and Ryan and two granddaughters. Cyndie works for office of the president at Averett University in Danville, VA. I am also owner of an awards business and enjoy golf, stock car racing, Carolina Panthers football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. I am entrusted to care for our entire campus and am delighted to be part of such a dedicated team. 


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Melissa Burris

Worship and Traditional Music Coordinator


I have distinct memories of sitting on the bench beside our church organist when I was just three and four years old, watching in awe as his hands and feet flew over the manuals and pedals. Still, when I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in economics and music, a career in church music was the furthest thing from my mind, so I became a banker. But as our family began to grow, more fitting opportunities were revealed, and I’ve been learning and growing as a church musician ever since. Before coming to FLC, I was Director of Music at Centenary United Methodist Church and at Faith Presbyterian Church (both in Greensboro), and I’m also the Choral Director for the Triad Tapestry Children’s Chorus, a group I’ve loved working with since 1993.

I've been in Greensboro since 1990. My husband, Lee, works for American National Bank, and we have three adult kids – Alex, Abby, and Jack – and a house full of pets. When not occupied with work or family, I’m usually working with my retired racehorse, trying to teach her that it’s fine to go a little slower now.

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Jeremy Truhel

Choir Director


I am currently in my third year as the Director of Choirs and Music Associate at FLC. I have been a church musician since the age of 13 when I played piano for a small church near my hometown on the coast of Maine. Most recently, I served as the Director of Music at Kernersville Moravian Church. I am a proud alumnus of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University where I studied opera, choral conducting, voice, and music education. After teaching in a variety of school settings here in North Carolina, I moved into the world of accounting and now work as the Controller for Church Interiors Audio & Video in Winston-Salem. I enjoy singing throughout the Triad including with the Bel Canto Company here in Greensboro. 

My wife, Wendy Looker, is a Professor of Music at Guilford College and we have two daughters, Madeleine and Mina, who dance, sing, play violin and play piano. I am excited to be a part of the progressive worship family of First Lutheran Church. We can always use some new singers or ringers in our choirs so please let me know how you would like to participate in worship! 

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Luke Bump

Director, Contemporary Worship


I have been a member of First Lutheran Church since 2002 and have been the Contemporary Worship Coordinator since 2010.  I live here in Greensboro with my wife, Emily, and our three children: Zoe, Silas, and Bella.  I am an English teacher at Asheboro High School, and Emily is an office administrator in High Point.  Music is our calling, and I'm lucky enough to have Emily by my side every week, helping me lead an incredible group of volunteers who together make up a remarkable band.  I'm honored to work with such a great group of people and this "ALL" welcoming church!

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Barbara Sasser



I have been on staff since 1996. I went from being a girl Friday to being an office administrator with a variety of tasks including producing all bulletins for Sundays as well as special services, First Glance - the church newsletter, church finances including deposits and checks, membership, and other administrative duties. 

On a personal note, I have 2 sons and a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, 2 granddogs and our beloved dog, Jake.  My husband, Mike retired from VF Jeans Wear after 41 years. I'm a member of Guilford Park Presbyterian Church, where I enjoy singing with the YES Praise Ensemble at our contemporary service.  My family definitely gives me the greatest pleasure and I enjoy spending time with them.  I also enjoy reading and taking trips to the beach. 

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Lisa Whisenant



I've been at First Lutheran since 1996.  In my job I get to use my English degree, my love  of computers and my appreciation of the importance of church work in managing this website, producing digital communications to the congregation, managing the video screens, troubleshooting the computer network, as well as scheduling the building which allows me to interface with members and people in the community.

I am the mother of 3 sons and have 3 wonderful daughters-in-law, 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons!  I've been married for 49 years to my husband, Jim, whom I met at my alma  mater...Carolina!  Go Heels! I'm a member at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church and sing in the Yes! Praise Ensemble at our contemporary service.   I enjoy reading, needlework, music and Carolina sports (especially basketball!) 

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Raechel Biggs

Administrative Director of the School for Young Children


Raechel grew up in Baltimore, MD, where her family still lives, and she visits often. She came to North Carolina for college at High Point University and earned a BA degree in Political Since. Upon graduation, Raechel worked in several jobs gaining experience in non-profit management, marketing and PR. She worked as a Traveling Leadership Consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity, Assistant Dean of Admissions at High Point University and Membership & Special Events Coordinator for Greensboro Regional Realtors Association. Raechel and her husband, Nathan, also operated a Bed & Breakfast in Fisher Park for 8 years. Both of their children, Ben and Annabelle, are alumni of SFYC and Raechel served on the SFYC Committee for 4 years during that time. Raechel has worked as the Director at SFYC now for 6 years and will also be the Pre-K Lead teacher this coming school year. The Biggs family spends a lot of time at the baseball field, at the horse farm, going on road trips and spending time with family.