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

Pastor Paul David Myers, III

Pastor Paul was born and raised in Ohio. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity
Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in 2016. He has an undergraduate degree in Human and Social
Services from Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio. 
Prior to coming to Abiding Savior, Pastor Paul served as the redevelopment pastor at Family of Faith
Lutheran Church in Concord, NC. After helping facilitate a merger between Family of Faith and Christ
Lutheran in Charlotte, he was called to be Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Trinity Village and
Trinity Ridge Senior Care Facilities in Hickory.
Pastor Paul and his wife Dee, an artist, have 2 children, Katie and Cory, who live in Ohio as do their
grandsons, Locklen and Winston. Pastor Paul loves fishing, music and building guitar amplifiers (from
old parts). Dee enjoys fishing, textile art, painting and reading.

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

Early years through the 1990's

  • Abiding Savior Youth “Are You Listening” tour
  • Sponsored many youth activities and programs including an active Girl Scout Troop
  • Formed Ecumenical alliances with local churches
  • Participated on local, synodical and churchwidje organizations, committees and boards
  • Organized Lutheran Men in Mission
  • Women became active in Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
  • Actively supported Campus Ministry at NCCU and DUKE
  • Added programs to reach out to surrounding youth including “Saturday Fun Days,” summer day camp and vacation Bible school
  • Purchased. renovated, and supported Phoenix House, a model non-profit that served hundreds of men 

since 2000

  • The congregation was designated as a Horizon Internship Site
  • NCCU Outreach was led by interns (Vicar CC Mills, Michael Sewell, Justin Coleman, Linda Norman, Lisa Parker, Ben Krey, Jennifer Moore)
  • The youth produced video< “What’s Color Got To Do With It.” which recieved honors by Durham Human Relations Committee
  • Youth video was disseminated nationwide and was used for workshops at a national ELCA Multi Cultural Youth Leadership Event
  • Youth actively participated in National Youth Gatherings
  • Increased Involvement in Campus Ministry as the North Carolina Synod’s site for Campus Ministry at NCCU
  • Continued outreach in the Durham community providing support for programs to address hunger and the needs of children and adults at Urban Ministries of Durham and at local elementary schools
  • Continued participation and support in North Carolina Synod and Churchwidje (ELCA) ministries
  • Actively participated in Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA)
  • Used the church grounds to reach out to surrounding neighborhood with fun activities designed for your and adults with fall and spring carnivals
  • Supported a community garden 

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

ALICE REED - FINANCE MINISTRY CHAIR (ASSISTED BY LEE JOHNSON)

Greg Williams Outreach Ministry Chair