Meet Our Staff
Pastor Micah Kearney
Pastor Micah has served at Holy Comforter since July of 2014. He grew up in Salisbury, NC and went to undergrad at Lenoir-Rhyne University (then college) and seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. His discernment into ministry took place primarily through working in Outdoor Ministry at Lutheridge Camp in Arden, NC, where he learned to see God at work in Creation and in communities of faith. He continues to experience the work of the Holy Spirit in his life primarily through the people in it. As such, he has seen Holy Comforter as a community in which the Holy Spirit has been at work as he has come to love the people of the church.
Pastor Micah believes we have a God of resurrection, of new life, who calls us to join in that work in order to make the Kingdom of God known to one another and to the world. We live into that call through our worship, our shared lives together, and through our service to others.
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.
Deacon Beka Forst
Deacon of Discipleship
Deacon Beka is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, with degrees in Human and Community Services and Psychology. Beka entered seminary at Wartburg Theological Seminary in 2018 while serving Holy C. Graduating in 2021, Beka was called to Holy Comforter as a Deacon. Her passions lie in teaching, preaching, and relationship building with those around her. She is a North Carolina native, growing up in Raleigh and Mocksville. Prior to working in full time 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 rostered ministry. In her spare time Beka loves to try new things. She enjoys puzzles, board games, hammocking, reading, and hanging out with her pups, Felix and Chloe.
Office and Communications Administrator
Chelsea is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Appalachian State University and lives in Gastonia with her husband, twin seven-year-olds and Border Collie. She has a background in event management and creative design. She enjoys golfing, hiking and time spent in the mountains.