OUR STORY

150 years of ministry, and counting!

In 1870, the Reverend Samuel Bouknight gathered together in Leesville a group of Lutherans who were hungering for the Means of Grace. So eager were these people for worship services that they improvised a brush arbor as a place of worship. 

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MEET OUR STAFF

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Rev. Mary Anderson  |  Interim Pastor

Pastor Mary began as Wittenberg’s Interim Pastor on March 1, 2021. That means she is serving in all the normal pastoral roles at our church until a new pastor is called to serve among us. Often this process takes several months to a year. The time between pastors is meant to be a very intentional time to help set the stage for a new leader and a new chapter in the life of a congregation. We’re excited to be on this journey together!

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Becky Hughes  |  Parish Administrator

Becky Hughes has been the Parish Administrator at Wittenberg since June of 2018, the day after retirement from 32 years of teaching music in public schools! Becky lives with her son, Cole and the family dog, Bea in Batesburg. Becky also has a daughter, Rhea, who lives in Orlando, FL. Becky also serves as organist/choir director at Faith Lutheran Church in Batesburg and teaches private piano lessons in her home. Becky feels lucky to have not one, but two church families! Becky also advocates for people on the autism spectrum by volunteering on the SC Autism Society Board of Directors. 

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Rachel Young  |  Organist

My being organist at Wittenberg is a perfect example of why I don't believe in coincidences. I believe that God returned me to my home church and put Annette Crumley in my life to give me a second chance to pursue a career choice I abandoned, with regret, years ago. Now, every Sunday I get to play surrounded by memories of people and times past while at the same time, sharing the music with friends and families of today's Wittenberg. Will the Circle Be Unbroken!

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Randy Fellers  |  Choir Director

More info coming soon!

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Mary Ann Shealy  |  Pianist

Being a preacher's daughter gave Mary Ann many opportunities to learn Lutheran church music very early in her life! At age three, she played the melody of a hymn "by ear", thus beginning an insatiable love of music. Mary Ann has served as organist, choir or music director in more than a few churches. Additionally, she has been the musician for churchwide conventions of Lutheran Men and Women. Most memorable was being the musician for Global Mission Events for ten summers. Mary Ann is delighted to serve at Wittenberg!

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.