Church Staff

Ward Misenheimer

Senior Pastor

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My first day at Advent Lutheran was Sunday, November 5, 2006. It was All Saints’ Sunday and I was being installed as the new Associate Pastor for this Lutheran community in the University City of Charlotte. I’d only been ordained for three years and boy was I “green.” In fact, when I decided to go to seminary, I had no plans of being an ordained pastor. My goal was to study New Testament, complete seminary with a master’s degree, and then apply to PhD programs. I had my sights set on teaching at the college level, perhaps at a small Lutheran college like my alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne.

I never imagined being ordained (I’m sure it was a shock to many others, too!), much less serving as a pastor at Advent for almost 13 years! But, now I can’t imagine being anywhere. This congregation has watched me grow as a pastor and extended much grace to me when I’ve completely dropped the ball. We have celebrated together when goals have been attained. They have loved me in the midst of the ups and downs of life. And I hope that I’ve shared as much grace and love with them as I have experienced.

Advent is not a perfect community, and I’m not a perfect pastor. So, it’s a perfect match! Advent is a real community that’s not afraid to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by welcoming all people (and the “all” means ALL), walking the difficult paths together, rejoicing in the grace-filled moments together, and reaching out to the community and to the world with tangible signs of God’s love.

There are many wonderful things about being a pastor at Advent; at the top of my list is the people of this community. They have given me the room to grow. They have entrusted themselves to me as the one who has been called to preach, teach, baptize, celebrate Holy Communion, and to stand with them as we grieve the death of those we dearly love. Having given me room to grow, Advent has also encouraged me to stay “green” and to always be ready for what the Holy Spirit will be doing next!

Thanks be to God!

Harriett Easley

Church Administrator

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Harriet has worked at Advent Lutheran as the Church Administrator since December of 2018. She is married and has 5 children and 10 grandchildren!  Harriet enjoys machine embroidering, sewing, gardening, and computer graphics. She is the go to person here at the church.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always dreamed of being an architect.

What is your favorite place in the world?

At home with my family.

Annette Nolan


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Annette has worked at Advent Lutheran Church for over 10 years as the Director of Music Ministries. In her college years, she earned a BA and a Master’s degree in English Literature and Piano Performance. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and even working! She has been married to her husband, John, for over 25 years.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a “star” with a microphone singing before a packed house with a mezzanine tier. Generally, in my mind’s eye I would wear a red organza dress with a glittery sash. My shoes were black patent.

Carol Schierlmann

Director of Spiritual Development

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Carol has worked at Advent Lutheran Church since April 2018 as the Director of Spiritual Development. She has a Master of Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a BA in Journalism and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. She loves to cook and share meals and recipes with friends and family. She is married to John and they are newly empty nesters as their youngest of 4 kids began college last fall. 

Sharon Thrower


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Sharon has worked at Advent Lutheran Church over 17 years as the Preschool Director. She attended Mitchell Community College as well as CPCC’s Early Childhood Development program. Favorite hobby? Shopping! She has been married to her husband, Scott, for over 25 years and has 3 children (Jake, Luke, and Callie}.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Home with all of my family!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


Brooke Watson-Summerour

Director of Youth and Milestone Ministries

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Brooke has worked at Advent Lutheran Church since May of 2018 as the Director of Youth and Milestone Ministries. Before accepting this position, she was a Preschool teacher at Advent for 5 years. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brooke enjoys reading historical fiction, traveling, decorating, and cooking. She is married to her husband, Eric, and has three children (Ashley, Peyton, and Bryant). Their family also includes two cats and a dog!

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is anywhere I can hold a newborn baby. The pure innocence of this tiny human is soul warming.

Jake Thrower


Jake attended Vance High School and has worked at Advent for over 6 years as the Caretaker. The son of Sharon and Scott Thrower, he has two siblings, Callie and Luke.

Jake enjoys drawing, volunteering at church, and watching YouTube videos.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Jake says he is known as the Baby Whisperer

What is your favorite place in the world?

The beach!


Pam Rhynes

Administrative Assistant

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Pam serves Advent as a part-time Administrative Assistant primarily responsible for communications including eNEWS. Her 13-hour work week is spread across Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays but she can be found around Advent just about any day of the week as she has many volunteer responsibilities within the church. Advent has been her church home for 29 years.    Pam enjoys a wonderful extended family and loves spending time with them.

Executive Council


Pastor Ward Misenheimer


Gary Martin


Eric Heberlig


Pam Rhynes


Jennifer Canipe

Council Liaison


Wayne Miller


Deloris Bainbridge


Arlene Cash


Esther Abdel-Hameed


Mary Christ


Jim Hintz


Ashley Watson


Anne Brown


Natalie Eklund

Wubben Investment Board

  • Mark Large 

    Ed Efird

    Andrea Hankins 

Wubben Distribution Board

  • Russ McKittrick

    Peter Christ 

    Jeff Hibbeler 

    Lisa Droste

    Kelly Schrader 

Nominating committee Members

  • Deb Efird 

    April Hibbeler 

    Diane Large 

    Peter Christ 

    Arlene Cash 

    Mona Ingolia 

    Marc Jensen 

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