THE CHURCH OF THE ABIDING SAVIOR, LUTHERAN IS A CONGREGATION OF THE North Carolina LUTHERAN SYNOD OF THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

Pastor Margaret Herz-Lane

intentional interim Pastor at Church of the Abiding Savior as of July 1, 2018

Pastor Herz-Lane will lead the congregation in visioning with attention to congregational vitality and growth; in long-range planning; in setting goals and priorities; and in evaluating activities related to mission and goals.

OUR HISTORY

OUR BEGINNING

• 1963 a call was extended to Pastor Lawrence Hunt to begin a parrish mission in Durham NC

• First organizational meeting held at the home of Paul and Jessie (Claudette) Kelley.

• The Church Of The Abiding Savior, Lutheran was chartered  February 7, 1965 with 19 confirmed members and 22  baptized members.

• The current church building was dedicated on March 14, 1965

OUR CHARTER MEMBERS

• Mrs. Helen Battle Mr. Robert Battle

• Mr. Roger Brown & Sr. Mrs. Virginia Brown

• Mrs. Betty Burnette & Mr. Harvey Burnette

• Mrs. Gloria Cardwell & Mr. Roland Cardwell

• Mrs. Carolyn Hunt & Rev. Lawrence Hunt

• Mrs. Claudette Kelly & Mr. Paul Kelly

• Mrs. Mary Pinson & Mr. Thomas Pinson

• Mrs. Lois Turner & Mr. Walter Turner

• Dr. Theodore Speigner

• Mr. James Warren, Sr.

• Mrs. Edwina Williams

PASTORS 1965 – 2020

• Rev. Lawrence Hunt

• Rev. Virgil O. Wittenburg, Dr. Theodore Speigner (Co-Pastor) Rev. Donald Huber (Interim)

• Rev Michael D. Wendt Rev. Hugh Beck (Interim)

• Rev. Paul K. Palumbo Rev. Jack Bernlohr (Interim)

• Rev. Gordon Myers, Rev Ken Schmidt (Interim)

• Rev. Tim Taylor (Re-development)

• Rev. Margret Hertz-Lane (Interim)

ABIDING SAVIOR IN ACTION OVER THE YEARS

• 1980’s Abiding Savior Youth Are you listening tour

• 1990’s formation of Lutheran Men in Mission and women became active in WELCA

• 1992 Purchase, renovation, and support of Phoenix House , a model non profit that severed hundreds of men for two decades until 2014

• 2000’s designation as a Horizon Internship site

• 2000’s NCCU outreach led by Interns (Vicar CC Mills, Micheal Sewell, Justin Coleman, Linda Norman, Lisa Parker, Ben Krey, Jennifer Moore)

• 2000’s What’s color got to do with it?”

• 2004 youth video disseminated nation wide,

• 2007 received honors by Durham Human Relations Committee

• 2009, led workshop based on this work at the ELCA MYLE in New Orleans

 

ABIDING SAVIOR – A HEART FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

• Interfaith Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies program and adoption of a local elementary school

• McDougal Terrace outreach

• Urban Ministry Homeless shelter

• Hosting first time home buying seminars

• Evangelism Laboratory 2009-2015

  • Prison outreach 

CONGREGATION COUNCIL

The congregation council leads the congregation in stating its mission, in long-range planning, in setting goals and priorities, and in evaluating activities in light of its mission and goals; The council seeks to involve all members of the congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.

Diana Haywood President of the Congregation

Lula Monds - Vice President of the Congregation and Property Ministry Chair

Eleanor Johnson -Secretary

Kelly Bowers – Worship, Prayer and Praise Ministry Chair

Paula Kelly – Youth and Faith Formation Ministry Chair

Jared Erickson and Robert Starr Co –Inreach Ministry Chairs

Sharron Hunter-Rainey and Lee Johnson Co- Finance Ministry Chairs

Greg Williams Outreach Ministry Chair