Church Office Hours


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed from 11:30-12:30

Contact us

Rev. Dr. Richard Graf

Interim Senior Pastor

Pastor Graf ("PG") has served congregations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, was assistant to Bishop Royall Yount in the Florida Synod, and taught Homiletics at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. Since retiring in 1999, PG has served as an interim pastor in nine congregations; HTLC is his tenth. Read more...

Ashley Fisher, AIM

Faith Formation Minister

Ashley was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in 2003 with a specialization in Education and Youth and Children's Ministry. She joins the Holy Trinity staff in September 2015. Read more...

Van Van Horne

Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator

Van began his work at Holy Trinity in May 2014. He met his wife Jill while on staff at Lutheridge. They have four children: Evan, Wade, Max, and Eve. Little known facts: he has been struck by lightning twice, had a cameo in a George Clooney movie, and once set a record in pole vaulting. Read more...

Jo Carol Thomason

Music Minister

Jo Carol oversees Holy Trinity’s Music Ministry and participates actively in worship planning. She also directs a graded handbell program, including elementary, middle and senior high youth, adults, and an advanced ensemble. Read more...

Joyce Coffey

Pre-School Director

Joyce has been working with both Discovery and Preschool classes at Holy Trinity since 1987. She became director of the Weekday School in 2006. Joyce says she enjoys getting to “spend everyday sharing God’s love with our little ones.” 


​Karen Kahill

Parish Administrative Assistant

Karen has been with Holy Trinity since April 1991. In addition to serving as secretary for the Senior Pastor, Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator, and the Pre-School, she also serves as wedding coordinator and is in charge of keeping membership records, preparing council mailings, and handling all calls for financial assistance from the community. Read more...

Emily Edwards

Communications Secretary, NewSong Worship Curator & Lead Musician

Emily has been serving Holy Trinity since 2008. She designs and prints The Servant newsletter, and worship materials and manages Holy Trinity's website and Facebook pages. She leads the NewSong Worship Team and develops unique worship services for Holy Trinity’s 5:00 p.m. service. Read more...

Denise Moose

​Financial Administrator

Denise began her work as our parish Financial Administrator in March 2015. Denise brings a wealth of financial administration experience from her 22 years at The Catawba Women’s Center. Read more...

Wayne Mitchell

Custodian / Property Curator

Wayne is in charge of keeping church buildings clean and trash picked up, cleaning sidewalks, overseeing repair work, making recommendations when work needs to be done, and setting up for special events. He has been at Holy Trinity since 2000. 


Nancy Wilfong

Church Hostess

Since 1996, Nancy has been enhancing the natural beauty of Holy Trinity's facilities and grounds with flowers, decorations, and her design expertise. Read more...

Eddie Wesson

Wednesday Church Night Coordinator

Eddie is retired after 16 years of service with Aramark as director of catering for Lenoir-Rhyne University. Read more...

Jessica Finney

Nursery Coordinator

Jessica oversees the nursery staff and ensures coverage of the nursery for church services and special events. Read more...

Our Staff

Holy Trinity is blessed to have full and part time staff members who faithfully carry out the day-to-day ministries of the congregation in loving, caring, and creative ways. We invite you to take a moment to get to know some of these staff persons here.

Holy Trinity in the early 1920s.

Our History

Our congregation was organized on September 22, 1876 by twenty-seven charter members meeting in the Hickory City Hall. Rev. Dr. A.J. Fox was our first pastor. Since that time 26 pastors and 7 interns have served our congregation. Holy Trinity was initially housed in a small white wooden church in Hickory.

God's Mission

Called and gathered by God, we are sent into the world to share the gospel and to serve in the world.

We Confess
the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

We Believe

Jesus Christ is the Word ​of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and the work of Jesus Christ.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian service in the world.

The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God's creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.