Meet Our Staff
Pastor Micah Kearney
Micah attended Lenoir-Rhyne University, originally majoring in Elementary Education before changing to a religion major and graduating with a degree in Outdoor Ministry. This change in major came in large part due to the summers working as a counselor at Lutheridge. It was there Micah truly began discerning a call to ministry. He realized the joy that he had working in full-time ministry, and being a part of growing and shaping Christ-centered communities. Additionally, it was there he received affirmation of his gifts and encouragement in discerning a call to be a pastor.
Micah is married to his wife Jenn, who grew up in Gastonia and also attended Lenoir-Rhyne where they met. In June of 2012 their son, Gabriel, was born just before they went on internship in Huntsville, AL. Their time there was filled with learning the pace and patterns of working in a church, as well as how to be parents. Micah graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in May of 2014.
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Beka is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, her degree is in Human and Community Services and Psychology. She is a North Carolina native, growing up in Raleigh and Mocksville. Prior to working in full time youth ministry she worked at Agape Kure Beach Ministries as a counselor and a team leader. That role has encouraged and affirmed her desire to be in youth ministry. In her spare time Beka loves to try new things. She enjoys yoga, DIY projects, hiking, hammocking, and hanging out with her pup, Felix.
Communications and Office Manager
After retiring from 25 years in the broadcast industry and 10 years working in retail, Dianne accepted the position of Communications and Office Manager at Holy Comforter. She collaborates weekly with the pastor and the organist/choirmaster to compile an all inclusive 20-24 page bulletin for the Sunday service. Bulletins for special services, weddings and funerals during the year are also produced. Dianne is responsible for keeping our Holy Comforter family informed and updated. Communications to members of the church are posted on the website, sent via email or telephone, and post mailings for those who have no email. A monthly newsletter with news and information for the coming month is published for the use of the congregation and members of the community. All those with information for the church are asked to forward that information to Dianne for distribution: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduating with a B.A in Music Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Greg has served Holy Comforter Church since 1982 as Organist/Choirmaster. During the years he has nurtured and developed the church choir, chamber choir, hand bell choirs and children's choir. Other responsibilities include conducting and accompanying from the beautiful 34-rank Goulding and Wood pipe organ in the back gallery, ringing the 35-bell carillon in the north courtyard, and planning the music for all regular services of worship, as well as special services, weddings, and funerals.