The Rev. Greg Brown

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Pastor Greg Brown began serving as pastor of St. Stephen’s on Easter Sunday 2016. He is a native of Greenwood, SC, and graduated from Lander University with a bachelor’s degree in music (vocal performance) as well as the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Masters of Divinity degree. He was ordained in 2013 and then spent the first three years of his ministry serving as Associate Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairport, NY, before returning south. In addition to being a parish pastor, Pastor Greg is also a Chaplain in the Army National Guard. He enjoys college football (Go Gamecocks!), golf, and music.
Pastor Greg is married to Leah (Collier) Brown, and they have two children, Jackson and Reagan who were born in 2013. Leah is a registered nurse and works in the birthing center at Catawba Valley Medical Center. They are all excited to be a part of this wonderful church family and look forward to the ministry we’ll share together in the name of Christ for the sake of the world!

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Gilbert

Choir Director

Brent Talley


Marc Longlois

Marc Longlois, M.F.A., is organist at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Hickory, NC.  He has a master’s of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University and studied music with Paul Torgrimson at Northwestern University, Donald Vaughn of La Sierra University, and James Walker of Occidental College.  He has held various organ posts including First United Methodist Church in Riverside where he played for 20 years, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Riverside and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Moreno Valley.  He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and is retired from the University of California, Riverside.


Bobby Elmore

Bobby Elmore has been our Sexton since 2004.  He is the point person on our facility maintenance needs; doing an excellent job of keeping our church property inviting!

Bobby was born and raised in Bluefield, W VA.  He worked in the coal mines of West Virginia for seven years. In 1977 he married Tami and together they moved to the Hickory area.  Here, he had prior employment with R R Donnelly (a printing firm in Newton); while also running his own ongoing cleaning service (from present!). 

In his free time, Bobby enjoys working on classic cars (He rebuilt his own classic car from the ground up!) and is an avid NASCAR fan.  He also enjoys being a Corvette owner...and has a fondness for Carolina Panthers football!

Bobby and Tami have two grown daughters and four being a Grandpa is #1 on his list, too!