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Pastor Jay Hilbinger

Senior Pastor

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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

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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

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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 over thirty years and we have two adult children, Heather and Ryan and one granddaughter. 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

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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 great 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

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Jeremy comes to FLC from Kernersville Moravian Church, where he served as Director of Music for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he was Choir Director and Organist at Lee's Chapel UMC. Jeremy has studied music education, vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, and conducting and
holds degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has served as the director of school choral, band, theater, and Suzuki music programs and was chair of the Fine Arts Department of Forsyth Country Day School for 12 years. Additionally, as an accomplished tenor, Jeremy has performed in numerous operas.

Jeremy and his family recently moved to Greensboro, and we are especially delighted that he, his wife, Wendy Looker, and their daughters, Mina  and Madeleine are all enthusiastic about coming to First Lutheran. 

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Luke Bump

Director, Contemporary Worship

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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

Administrator

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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 and 2 video presentations for the contemporary services as well as First Focus, the church newsletter and other administrative duties. 

On a personal note, I have 2 sons and a daughter, 2 daughters-in-law, a son-in-law and 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, as well as 5 granddogs.  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…heaven on earth. 

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Lisa Whisenant

Administrator

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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, a granddaughter 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

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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 atHigh Point University and Membership & Special Events Coordinator for Greensboro Regional Realtors Association. Most recently she owned and operated a Bed & Breakfast in Fisher Park for 8 years. Raechel and her husband Nathan have two children, Ben and Annabelle, both alumni of SFYC.  The Biggs family spends a lot of time at the baseball field, loves watching the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers during football season and spending time with family.

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Akemi Fink

Education Director of the School for Young Children

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I grew up in Mason, OH and graduated from University of Cincinnati with a BS in Education. I have recently obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments through the NC State College of Design.

I'm married to John Fink and have 3 kiddos: Avery (23), a recent graduate of Appalachian State University; Jack (19), a student at Guilford College; and Anna (18), a student at UNC Wilmington    

My spare time activity is genealogical research.