Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church

9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252

Worship:  8:00 and 10:30

Sunday School:  9:15 am

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Sunday, December 24th

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 T/TH for 3-yr olds

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5-6 year olds

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6 - 7:15 pm in

Old choir room


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Troop 275

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6 - 8 pm


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Fridays   1:00 - 3:00 pm


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Our Pastors 

1859-1866  Rev. Adam Miller is believed to be the first pastor. He was ordained Deacon, 1825 and Pastor 1826 by Tennessee Synod. He had 15 pastoral calls in North Carolina: Grace, St. John, St. Paul, and St. Stephen in Catawba County; Daniel's, Emmanuel, St. Luke, St. Paul, and Trinity in Lincoln County; Antioch and Bethel in Gaston County; Morning Star in Mecklenburg County; Mt. Moriah in Rowan County; Friendship in Alexander County. ( It is probably during this period that he served Pesgah.) He died February 13, 1868 and is buried in Old St. Paul’s Church Cemetery near Newton.

1866-1886 Rev. George Luther Hunt came to Lincoln County, North Carolina to study for the ministry under Rev. Miller.  After ordination served curches in Lincoln County.  His name appears as an interim pastor along with Pastor Adam Miller.  He was known to have traveled through the many mountain settlements of western North Carolina on the back of an old black mule named "Coaly".  He died Nov. 11, 1910.

1886-1891 Rev. Miller (This citation to "Pastor Miller" appears in the 125th anniversary booklet, but no further information is known)

1891-1892 Rev. Davidson C. Huffman was born June 29, 1853 in Catwba County.  He was educated at Rutherford College and later studied medicine.  He never had a regular pastorate, but was the founder of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (1885) and St. Timothy Lutheran (1887) and served those congregations and other churches including Pisgah.  About 1881 he began the practice of medicine in Catawba County.  He died May 14, 1898 at the age of 45.

1892-1898 Rev. Luther M. Hunt the son of Rev. George Hunt above, took a joint call from St. John's, Old St. Paul's and Miller's congregations in Hickory.

1898-1900 Rev. H. K. G. Doermann Was a professor at the seminary in Hickory. He was supply pastor to St. John’s and St. Marks from March to August 1895

1900-1904 Rev. C D Besh was a graduate of St. Paul's seminary in Hickory in 1893.  He served at Miller's, Pisgah and St. Luke. 

1905-1907 Rev. S. H. Puffenbargerwas born in West virginia in 1874 but little else is known about him.  He served as Pastor at new Hope Lutheran Church, Minnehaha Springs, West Virginia from 1900-1904 prior to serving Pisgah.

1908-1910 Rev. R. M. Carpenter Rebertus Melanchthon "Burt" Carpenter was born December 28, 1877 in Lincoln County.  He received his training at St. Paul's Practical Seminary in Hickory. He graduated and was ordained in 1897.  He served churches in West Virginia from 1897-1907 and in Alexander and Catawba counties from 1907-1916.

1910-1914 Rev. Otis C. Propst was a graduate of St. Paul's seminary, Hickory in 1910.  He accepted a call to St. Luke and Pisgah and served through 1912 when he moved to Virginia.  He returned periodically until 1914 and conducted services whenever he was in Alexander County.

1914-1915 Rev. Janes E. Barb a 25 year old man from Morristown, Tennessee, graduated in 1898 from the Practical Seminary with honors and was ordained as pastor of Miller's, St. Luke's and Pisgah Lutheran Churches. Because the churches he served were in such dire financial distress, Rev. Barb also taught in the Hickory City Schools and was a land surveyor. He was the major surveyor for most of what is now downtown Hickory.  He died on Dec. 23, 1931. 

1915-1917 Rev. G. A. Derhammer

1918-1923 Rev L. H. Hurrelbrink

1931-1932 Rev. Lawrence A. Miller the commemorative bulletin for the 125th anniversary service shows the name of "Rev. Miller" as the pastor for this period.  It is very likely that this was Lawrence Miller.  He was installed on August 3, 1928 as pastor to St Mark's, Claremont and St. Jon's Hickory.  He went on to serve at St. Mark's until his death in March 1959.  He also was supply pastor at St. Paul's, Hickory (and likely at Mt Pisgah) until the arrival of Pastor Walther.

1932-1938 Rev. Royal E. Walther July 10, 1932 he was installed as Pastor of St. Paul’s, Pisgah and St. Luke’s Lutheran Churches in the Hickory/Taylorsville area. He served until 1938 when he took a full time call to St. Paul's, Hickory.  In 1943 he took a call to an Ohio congregation.

1939-1949 Rev. William Henry Toedtman graduated from Capital University (1923), Capital Seminary (1927) of Columbus, Ohio and Princeton Seminary (1928). He received a Doctor of Divinity Degree fro Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1942. He was called Miller's Lutheran Church in 1932 and remained there until 1949.  He accepted an additional call to Mt. Pisgah in Janury 1939.  According to the congregational meeting minutes of that time, he was to be paid a salary of $125 per year and expected to hold at least two church services each month, and if possible, more services.

1949-1950 Rev. O. A. Bertram served congregations in Washington, Idaho and Michigan prior to coming to St Luke, Taylorsville and Mt. Pisgah.  He died on July 16, 1961.

1951-1953 Rev. Bernard E. Walck graduated from Capital University (1946) and Capital Seminary (1949), Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to coming to the Taylorsville, North Carolina Parish (St. Luke and Mt. Pisgah) he served Ridgway, Ontario, Canada. 

1955-1967 Rev Paul E. Lautenschlager was pastor of Mt. Pisgah-St. Luke Parish of the American Lutheran Church. He was ordained into the ministry July 15, 1928 and served in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. During his pastorate at Mt. Pisgah- St. Luke organs were placed in both churches and both were extensively remodeled.

1967-1971 Pastor Norman M. Nilsen, a 1967 graduate of Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, he accepted the call to succeed Pastor Lautenschlager to what was then called the Alexander County Lutheran Parish of the American Lutheran Church. He served both Mt. Pisgah and St. Luke until May 1971, when he opted to remain at St. Luke's at while Mt. Pisgah would call its own pastor. 

1971-1988 Rev. Richard Allen Browder was called as the first full-time pastor on July 15, 1971, just after his graduation from Capital Seminary, columbus, Ohio.  During Pastor Browder's pastorate, membership increased dramatically and the church facilities were expanded.  During his ministry, the congregation became better organized and effective.

1987-1989 Rev. Timothy Charles Jordan was called as an additional "team pastor" in May 1987. Prior to the call, Pastor Tim served as an intern at Mt. Pisgah during his seminary studies.  Following Pastor Browder's resignation in 1988, he served as sole pastor until 1989.

1990-2001 Rev. Kenneth Tonnessen- Pastor Ken Tonnesen began as pastor in January 1990. He and his wife Carol had previously served at Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh NC. He served until December 1, 2001. Pastor Ken was born in Elizabeth, NJ and graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead MN (1960) and Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul MN (1964). Under Pastor Ken's leadership, the very successful Blessed to Be a Blessing Fund campaign resulted in the new Celebration Hall addition and sanctuary/narthex renovations.

2002 Rev. Dr. James Ray Stephenson—Pastor Jim Stevenson was called to guide the congregation as interim pastor in January 2002 and he served until October 2002

2002-Present Rev. Michael Conrad Stone –Pastor Mike Stone was called as Pastor in September 2002. Graduated from Miami University of Ohion (1980) and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (1985).  Prior to coming to Mt. Pisgah he served at Trinity Lutheran, Titusville, Florida from 1986-1995 and St. John Lutheran, Winter Park, Florida.  He served there as Associate Pastor from 1992-1997 and as Senior Pastor from 1997-2002.  Under his leadership, Mt. Pisgah has grown in membership and completed a second Blessed to Be a Blessing Campaign to retire mortgage debt.