Rev. Dr. William B. Trexler, Interim Senior Pastor
Pastor Trexler is a North Carolinian by birth and a Lutheran Christian by the grace of God. Born in Rocky Mount, he grew up in Asheville, graduated from Duke University, and received both his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Southern Seminary. He has served parishes in Miami FL, Greenwood SC, Jacksonville FL, and Norfolk VA, and in 1995 was elected the second Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. Following retirement in 2009, his full time interim senior pastorates have included Gloria Dei, Hampton VA; Holy Trinity, Hickory, NC; and St. Matthew’s, Charleston SC. Currently he chairs the Advisory Council of Southern Seminary and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
One sentence bio: Life took on deeper meaning when I married Karla in Miami in 1973 and now we celebrate life with three wild and crazy grown children and an even dozen grandchildren.
Favorite Movies: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (anything with Katharine Hepburn), Schindler’s List, Steel Magnolias and A River Runs through It.
Books: Flannery O’Connor’s short stories (especially Wise Blood), anything by Frederick Buechner or Henri Nouwen (especially The Return of the Prodigal), anything by Eugene Peterson (especially Under the Unpredictable Plant), anything by Sue Monk Kidd (especially The Secret Life of Bees) and Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel.
Heroes: Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Johann Sebastian Bach, John XXIII and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Little Known fact: I served as organist/choir director at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham while a student at Duke.
Quote: “For we have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that this transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
Pastor Lori Carter, Pastoral Care Associate
Pastor Carter will provide backup pastoral care in the absence of the Senior Pastor, visit with those hospitalized, institutionalized, or confined to home, and support parish groups who provide pastoral care (Stephen Ministry, Mary’s Ministries, Keeping in Touch, Salemtowne worship). She will serve at the direction of the Senior Pastor. Pastor Carter has seventeen years of experience in parish ministry caring for people from a wide range of ages, personal, political, and theological perspectives. She has served in Parish Nursing; provided leadership, vision, and implementation for all aspects of congregational care and spiritual support to members; and has extensive experience supporting individuals and families dealing with end of life concerns as well as grief and bereavement.
One sentence bio: My organ professor once introduced me as the “Norwegian Lutheran pig farmer from Minnesota.” That about sums it up.
Favorite movies: Grumpier Old Men; The Natural; Sandlot
Books: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy, The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Heroes: My parents (who just celebrated 50 years of marriage), Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cantor J.S. Bach, who composed a new cantata every week for about three years straight.
Little known fact: I am associated with the two academic institutions that were voted to have the first and second most “Cheesiest Mascot” in 2012: UNCSA Fighting Pickles and Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Cobbers.
Quote: North Carolina’s motto: Esse quam videri: To be, rather than to seem
Dr. Olsen serves as the Kenan Professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Associate Professor of Organ at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Visit his personal website for more information about his organ performances. Click here to view his professional biography.
One sentence bio: I’m a composer, pianist, educator, husband to Elizabeth, and stay-at-home Dad for Liam!
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter series; The Matrix; Lord of the Rings
Books: Harry Potter series; The Dark Tower Series; just about anything by Stephen King; Dan Brown novels
Heroes: My wife, who changes the lives of children every day; My parents; My high school music teachers
Little Known Fact: Not only do I have an unhealthy obsession with video games, but I own over 50 imported video game soundtracks, from Japan!
Quote: “A good composer does not imitate; he steals!” -Igor Stravinsky
Bruce works as a freelance composer and musician, with performances of his work all over the country.
Visit his personal website for recordings of his compositions, as well as information regarding performances.
Emily Norris, Director of Student & Social Ministries, Seminarian
One sentence bio: Colorado Native, turned Midwest Transplant, now learning to be a Southern Belle by way of drinking Cheerwine and supporting teams in the ACC. It’s a work in progress!
Favorite Movies: Rudy, Pretty Woman, Days of Thunder, and anything with Tom Hanks.
Books: Harry Potter, Redeeming Love, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
Heroes: Nelson Mandela and my Mother.
Little Known fact: I can write backwards, mirrored, in cursive. I used to do this in college while taking notes to stay awake in some of my more “interesting” classes.
Quote: “Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde
Leigh Anna Voigt, Director of Children’s Ministries
Leigh Anna Voigt will serve as our new Director of Children’s Ministries. In this newly created part-time staff position, Leigh Anna will bring her teaching and leadership skills to help guide and nurture the growth of Augsburg’s children in their faith formation and provide coordination and support to the many dedicated Sunday School teachers and other volunteers who contribute so much. Leigh Anna has been attending Augsburg for many years with her husband, Kyle, and two children. A former kindergarten and pre-K teacher in Forsyth County schools, she has been a dedicated volunteer as a pre-K Sunday School teacher, in the Nursery and as an active participant in Christian Ed planning, including our most recent Lenten Fair. As Nursery Coordinator (2014-16) and then a disciple on the Nursery Task Force, she has helped improve the care of our littlest ones.
Nancy Carbone, Parish Administrator
Michaelene Lineberry, Parish Secretary
Reggie Jackson, Sexton
Stephanie Hickman, Sexton