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 accepted the call to serve as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, effective April 1, 2017. Previously, she was Second Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte.
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 has been active the the Urban Ministry Center and Room in the Inn, and was instrumental in the creation of St. Mark’s soup kitchen.
We welcome Pastor Emily, husband Ian, and son Oliver to Holy Trinity!

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.

He and his wife, Carole, both share a passion for justice, and for the poor and dispossessed in the world. They moved to Charlotte in 2012 to be closer to their grandchildren. In his spare time Ron enjoys singing with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, travel, concerts of all sorts, reading, exploring restaurants and varying types of cuisine.

Mrs. Annie “Corky” Ingram came to Holy Trinity in 1964 from Lincolnton, NC as Director of Christian Education and later became the Parish Secretary. She graduated from Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, NC with a degree in Christian Education and Sociology.

In addition to her position on the church staff, Corky has also been a faithful volunteer through the years. She has served as a Sunday school teacher, youth advisor and Girl Scout leader. Her ministries with children and youth have changed many lives.

In 2014 the congregation honored Corky for 50 years of service to Holy Trinity by naming the fellowship hall in her honor: Corky Ingram Hall.

Corky and her husband Johnny have two grown children and enjoy spending their spare time with their grandchildren in Stanly County. She is an avid reader and an animal lover.

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