Who We Are
Pastor DJ Lura, his wife Melissa and three children, joined St. Paul’s Church family in January 2014. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from North Dakota State University in Fargo; and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has served congregations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and now St. Paul's in North Carolina. His leadership style is to empower and equip the congregation in their focus on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us. Pastor DJ enjoys playing with his kids, karate, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and NDSU Bison.
Check out Pastor DJ's book from Amazon: So What's a Lutheran, Don'tcha Know?
Genevieve grew up at St. Paul's and has faithly served as our church secretary. She is now working on her 17 year. With so much going on at St. Paul's, she keeps a steady pulse on our congregation and goes above and beyond to make sure everyone stays informed and everything runs smoothly. Out of love and in service to Christ and His church, Genevieve has participated in or held key roles in almost every ministry here at St. Paul's. Sporting a friendly smile and welcoming countenance, she is our very own "go-to" girl. She is also our "g-of-all-trades" by her willingness and ability to cheerfully fill in when and where a need exists.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, is the Parch Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School. She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She has engaged in a special educational program for Faith Community Nursing and is associated with CMC NorthEast Medical Center Nurse Program. Jil is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring. Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional and spiritual well being with confidentiality. For more more information on our Parish Nurse Ministry, click on the Parish Nurse link above.
Katie Funderburk is the Director of Youth Ministries at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Katie was born in Rowan county and grew up here at St, Paul's. She has recently rejoined the congregation after serving as a youth advisor at Faith Lutheran and then most recently as the Youth Director at St. Luke's Lutheran in Mt. Ulla. Katie enjoys spending time with her daughter, short trips with big memories, and reading books and watching movies. Her favorite Bible verse is Galations 5 22-26. Live by the fruit and you will never go hungry again. The church offers programs for all youth age groups. We want to help your child create a last love for the Lord through Bible studies, service, games, and interaction with others their age that are saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ.
Interim Choir Director
We are happy to announce that beginning on August 14, 2017 Alex Day, a Rowan County native and member of St. Paul’s, will be serving as our new Interim Choir Director. Alex is a West Rowan graduate and received his BA in Music and BS in Education from Western Carolina.
He is currently employed by Rowan-Salisbury Schools as a Music Educator.
St. Paul’s is home to Johnsie Taylor. She grew up in this church and began her music ministry at age 14 when she played the organ here for the first time. In college, she pursued additional musical studies that included an emphasis in organ. After college, she launched her career in music where she was appointed organist at several other area churches. She returned to St. Paul’s more than 25 years ago with her husband, Wayne, and two daughters, and has faithfully served as our church organist ever since. We are blessed to have her share her musical talents with us each week in worship.