Church Staff



 Rev. Michael Geml - Senior Pastor

Pastor Michael Geml is from the Great Lake State of Michigan.  He was born in Detroit and lived most of his early years in suburban Detroit.  He met his wife Ruth while they worked together at the same company and were married in 1984.  Ruth and Pastor have three children, Jaclyn (Jeff) Smith, Angela (Devon) Tharpe and Steven.

828-464-3324 x306




Kyle McClure, Minister of Music

Kyle has served as Minister of Music at Concordia since July 2006. Kyle is married to Karen and they have two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Kate.
828-464-3324 ext. 305


DCE Chris Henze, Youth Minister

Chris has over 30 years of youth ministry leadership serving congregations in TN, CA, AR and NC.  Chris is married to Stephanie, a certified LCMS educator.  They have 5 children.  Chris received his BA in Religious Studies & DCE certification from Concordia University in Irvine, California.
828-464-3324 ext. 245


David Beringer, School Principal
828-464-3011 ext. 202


Betsy Murray, Early Childhood Director

Betsy Murray has been at Concordia since 1996 and has 26 years experience in Education.  She enjoys her ministry as the Preschool Director and Assistant Principal.  She is married to Steve Murray and they have one daughter.
828-464-3011 ext. 203


Leslie Brown, Minister of Business Administration

Leslie became of Minister of Business Administration in April 2012 after 25 years in manufacturing accounting and management. She is a lifetime member of Concordia and is married to Cliff Brown.
828-464-3324 ext. 302



Susan Harman, Administration

Susan joined the staff in March 2013.  She brings with her over 20 years of church accounting experience.  Raised at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Newton, Susan now considers Concordia her home.   Susan has a grown daughter, Kaitlyn.  Susan resides in Newton, NC.
828-464-3324 ext. 301



Belinda Bost, Children's Ministry

Belinda Bost joined the staff in August 2016.  After a very successful VBS program in the Summer of 2016, Belinda accepted the position of Children's Ministry Leader.  Belinda brings with her many years of teaching preschool.   Belinda and Steve have two grown children and reside in Hickory.
828-464-3324 ext. 311


Phil Heath, Praise Service Leader

Phil Heath graduated from ECU with a degree in communications.  Phil is also a talented musician.  He sings in the Praise Band and plays his trumpet in church when called upon.  Phil and Jennifer have three children and reside in Newton, NC.

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