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Karen Hawkins

Interim Pastor

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Pastor Hawkins has 20 years of life experience as an ordained minister. She graduated from LTSS and was called to serve at Christ The King Lutheran Church between 1997 and 2012. Since then Pastor Hawkins has faithfully served in Interim roles at Ebenezer Lutheran, St. Johannes Lutheran, and, most recently, at All Saints Lutheran. Prior to seminary, Pastor Hawkins graduated from College of Charleston. She then worked as an educator in special education in Summerville for nine years.

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Jim Johnson

Interim Music Director

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Jim is a commissioned and rostered Deacon in the ELCA, graduating from Wittenberg University with Bachelor of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees. During his 40 years of full-time parish ministry, he served congregations in New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and served as its first national Executive Director. Space does not allow for all the ways he has served the church and community over the years. In his retirement, he currently serves as Staff Musician at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

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Justin Rimbo

Interim Contemporary Music Leader.

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Justin is a commissioned and rostered Deacon in the ELCA. He graduated with a BA in Religion and English from Augsburg College and with a MA in Christian Ministry from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He has worked with contemporary worship in congregations in Minnesota and South Carolina and has frequently served as keynote speaker and musician at national and regional ELCA events. He currently works as the Assistant Director of Enrollment at LTSS.

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Susan Sturkie

Organist

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Susan Sturkie has been Organist at Good Shepherd since October 1988. Born in Mooresville, NC, Susan graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, NC, with a B.M. in Music Education studying both organ and voice. After graduating, she taught elementary school music at Ft. Bragg and Ft. Jackson Dependents Schools. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the Association of Lutheran Musicians of SC. Susan serves as Treasurer and Membership Chair of the Greater Columbia chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Musicians of SC. Susan and her husband Dick are the parents of one son, Trey.

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Barbara Hunter

Parish Coordinator

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Barbara Hunter has been Parish Coordinator at Good Shepherd since August 2011. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and before moving to Columbia in 2009 worked in advertising in Atlanta for 15 years. She has traveled throughout the country as well as parts of Asia and Australia, enjoys movies, music, and sports, and is an avid reader.

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Joey Allison

Sexton

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Joey Allison has served as Sexton at Good Shepherd since January 1993. Over the years he has had to adjust to many changes, including new pastors, new staff, new council members, the Day School, and building changes. Joey takes care of the physical facilities as well as the church campus grounds. He is always looking for help out in the yard! In his spare time Joey enjoys disc golf, vegetable gardening, canning (he even has a small greenhouse in his backyard), music, watercolor painting, writing, collecting all sorts of old stuff, and his dog Raibh Sibh (pronounced Roe-sha).