Our  Team

The people of St. Luke's believe that all of us are called to be ministers. 

Joining us in our mission of making disciples that make a difference

are some passionate clergy and lay professionals. Get to know our team.

  • Dr. Chuck Baker

    Senior Pastor

    I grew up in Charlotte and went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and Gordon-Conwell.  The Lord blessed me with a son (William) and a daughter (Elizabeth).  My favorite scripture is the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John.  It’s an honor to share in ministry with the dedicated staff at St. Luke’s.


    chuck@slumc.org

  • MONICA CHILDERS

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    I am blessed to serve at St. Luke’s in Hickory where I was born and raised and continue live with my husband, David, of 25 years and our two young adult children, Zac and Courtney. I hold a Bachelors Degree from Pfeiffer University in Organizational Communications, as well as, Certificate of Certification in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. I received my Basic Graduate Theological Studies Certificate from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.. I am an Ordained Deacon, appointed as the Associate Ministry at St. Luke’s. My role gives me opportunity to not only share the word of Christ but also lead the congregation in works of mercy and compassion beyond the church walls.  One of my favorite verses that exemplifies my compassion for people is John 4:1-26.


    monica@slumc.org

  • RAYMUNDO VILLANUEVA

    PASTOR OF HISPANIC MINISTRIES

    Soy originario de Matehuala, SLP, Mexico, viví en Reynosa, Tamaulipas, mexico. Me mude a los Estados unidos en 1985, me case con Vicky en Texas. Asistí a los seminarios en Illinois y en Texas, donde obtuve el titulo de Pastor local en el año 2017. Hoy en día, vivo en Hickory, NC que es mi base para la labor pastoral. Que junto con mi esposa Vicky pastoreamos el ministerio hispano en la Iglesia Metodista Unida San Lucas. Como pastor local, enseñó y predico la Palabra de Dios. Mi esposa y yo, estamos casados desde hace 35 años y tenemos 6 hijos y 15 nietos, 1 bisnieta. Mi escritura favorita es el Salmo 23:1.


    raymundo@slumc.org

  • LISA LAIL

    CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

    I began my ministry with St. Luke’s in 2008, and continue to love my job and this church more every day.  My job encompasses everything from finances to property to human resources.  During my down-time, I like to spend time on my back porch reading and playing Sudoku.  I am married to Steve, and we have one daughter who is married and lives n Hickory.  My favorite Bible verse is Job 19:25-26.


    lisa@slumc.org

  • PAULETTE GREGORY

    Church + Membership Secretary

    I grew up in the Catawba Valley, Catfish area, and the fact that my grandparents sport the more familiar names of Moretz and Hollar pretty much tells it all. I am a graduate of Bunker Hill High School, Mitchell College with an Associates Degree, and Appalachian State University with a BS in Education and a minor in Art. Married to my best friend, Mark, who is a carpenter, together we have three daughters, Crystal, Amber and Afton. Our home is an artist’s studio farm with pet birds, dogs, cats, chickens and goats. As some of my friends like to tell you, I have been here long enough to know where “all the bodies are buried.” I love the “administry” of the Church and the people of St. Luke’s.  They are my friends and my family. One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:6.


    paulette@slumc.org

  • MARIE DENIG

    DIRECTOR OF MUSIC + CREATIVE ARTS

    I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma and have lived in North Carolina for over 20 years.  I’ve been a musician within the United Methodist church since I was 17, serving as an organist, choir accompanist, praise team leader, choral director and about anything else a musician can do, as well as working extensively with drama ministry. I am passionate about creating music that helps to carry a congregation into the presence of God and about working with volunteers to make their musical and spiritual experience continually more rich and relational. My favorite scripture is Luke 1:46-55.


    marie@slumc.org

  • JESSICA STAMEY

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC + CREATIVE ARTS

    I am a Lincolnton, NC native and have been serving at St. Luke's for the past 11 years. I have been active in church since I was a child and have worked in churches since college. I have a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in educational media. I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 9 years and we are parents to 6-year-old Peter. My favorite scripture is Psalm 91.


    jessica@slumc.org

  • PAT MCKIM

    DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

    I am very honored to serve as part of our staff team here at St. Luke’s.   I am mom to Aaron and Ashley, mother in love to Jessie,  GiGi to Ella and last but not least mom to my fur baby Bella.  My ministry spans 35 years in churches in Western North Carolina and includes serving as Director of Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Small Group and New Member Care and now as your Director of Children’s Ministry. My degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Christian Education,  Clinical Pastoral Education unit through Wake Forrest Baptist Hospital, Life Coach Certification and Certification in Non Profit Management through Duke University.   I currently serve as a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for Catawba County District 25 and work as an advocate for children in the Foster Care system. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 1:5, which shapes my call to children’s ministry and hope for every child to know this about their lives. 


    pmckim@slumc.org

  • Charlie Brown

    St Luke’s UMC played a huge role in raising me as a Disciple of Christ.  When I was 19 years old I accepted God’s call into youth ministry while on a summer trip with our church.  I have an Undergraduate Degree in Youth Ministry, Master’s in Christian Education, and seventeen years of professional experience.  I am excited to have the opportunity to follow God’s calling here at home! 


    charlie@slumc.org

  • CINDY SCHONEWOLF

    NURSERY COORDINATOR

    I am the Childcare Coordinator and a member of St Luke’s. I have been the Childcare Coordinator for over 20 years. I have my Early Childhood Credential and Early Childhood Education and Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teachers Certificate. I have a love for children and a love for the Lord,

    My favorite verse is Matthew 19:14.


    cindy@slumc.org

  • DAWN HUFFMAN

    CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER DIRECTOR

    I get to spend my mornings with sweet preschool kids, so I feel like I have one of the best jobs in the world. Our dedicated staff loves teaching our children. Our child development center is full of laughter and joy.


    slumccdc@gmail.com

  • Steve Spivey

    CHURCH HOST

    John 3:16 is my favorite Bible verse. It simply, straightforwardly, and completely expresses God’s love for us and what it means to accept His love. I have been in Food Service Ministry for over 20 years. I am a self taught Chef beginning when I was 9.

  • Greg Knight

    Accompanist

    Music can unify us in worship and purpose, and can touch our souls in ways that nothing else can.  Ever since I was a small child, I’ve always found joy in making music, not only for myself, but for others. And I intend to continue striving to bring music to life and share its wonders as long as God blesses me with life. “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” -Luke 11:9

  • Tom Spiggle

    Organist

    After graduating from the University of TN with a major in mathematics, and serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, I became a commercial insurance underwriter handing large accounts in New York and Nashville, TN. During college, I took organ lessons as an elective and have served churches part-time since 1975. I moved to Hickory in 2015 to be closer to family. One of my favorite Bible passages is Proverbs 3:5-6.