Our Church

Our Mission: Loving Not Judging

Led by the Spirit of Christ’s unconditional love for all people, including those the world has marginalized, we welcome all to the table of the Lord and share the truth of God’s grace in the world.

As a Community of Faith, We…

– are centered around God’s table of grace, reserved for no one and freely offered to ALL.
– are open to diverse understandings of God.
– care more about the relationship you have with God than your knowledge of church doctrine.
– share Jesus’ passion for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized.
– encourage critical thinking, even doubting, as an important part of growing in faith.
– honor the Bible as a collection of writings to be taken seriously, but not literally.
– expect the Spirit to transform God’s people and support all who are open to that ongoing transformation in their lives.
– seek to follow the Jesus Way in the world, the way of radical compassion for other people (especially those who are not “like us”) and all creation.


Pastor Emily Kuhn Hartner has served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church since 2017. Pastor Emily has a Master of Divinity in Religion/Religious Studies from Yale Divinity School and a Master of Sacred Theology Degree in Lutheran Studies from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Locally, she is active in Roof Above and was instrumental in the creation of St. Mark’s soup kitchen. Pastor Emily, husband Ian, and son Oliver live in Charlotte.

Dr. Ron Ellis has been a dual-career person for his entire adult life: as a church musician (with undergraduate degree and graduate study in organ/piano and voice/choral conducting), and as a psychotherapist (with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology). As a church musician, he has served in a variety of congregations and settings, including time as the interim chapel organist and choir director at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and, for six years, the director of music at the Camp David Chapel, with President Bill Clinton singing tenor in the choir. Before becoming the Director of Music at Holy Trinity, he served at Unity of Washington DC, where he directed a 50-voice multicultural choir for 15 years.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Photo/Video Policy
When using photos or videos of church-related events, we follow these guidelines:
–If you are 18 years of age or older, your image may be used in any print or web publication of Holy Trinity Lutheran church unless you complete a Photo Opt-Out Form. HTLC Photo-Video-Opt-Out-Form
–Photos of anyone who is under age 18 will not be used in any print or online publication without written consent from the child’s parent or guardian. HTLC Child_Photo_Release_Form