SMLC Staff

Andrea Bates

Pastor

Pastor Andrea Bates grew up in small-town Nebraska.  As the daughter of a Pastor and Deacon in the ELCA, she was always involved in church activities.  She attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where she met her husband Kyle.  During time at Lenoir-Rhyne, she took elementary education and social work courses, eventually graduating in 2009 with a degree in Human and Community Services.  She spent her summers on staff at Carol Joy Holling and Lutheridge, where she began to discern a call to ministry.

 

Pastor Andrea attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) where she graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  She completed her internship at Faith Lutheran in Sarasota, FL and spent a year as the Interim Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran in Aiken, SC.  Upon graduating from seminary, she was called to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Welcome and ordained (Aug. 11, 2017).  In June of 2021 she and Pastor Kyle began serving as Co-Pastors at St. Michael. 

 

Pastor Andrea loves building relationships over a good cup of coffee or a pint of craft beer, and watching her two-year-old Eva discover God’s world.  When she finds herself with free time, she enjoys crafting, photography and getting outside.

Kyle Bates

Pastor

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Pastor Kyle Bates grew up in Mount Pleasant, SC. A first generation Lutheran, Kyle grew up a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Charleston, being active in youth, music, and worship.  He attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where he met his wife and partner, Pastor Andrea, while majoring in Theology and minoring in Sacred Music. His summers away from the classroom were spent on summer staff as a counselor and area director at Lutheridge in Arden, NC. 

 

In 2013, Pastor Kyle enrolled at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. Upon graduating from seminary in 2017, Kyle was ordained and called to Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Granite Quarry, NC.  In June of 2021 Pastors Kyle and Andrea began serving together as Co-Pastors at St. Michael. 

 

If you’re looking for Pastor Kyle outside of worship, he can be found at the nearest brewery, behind a table playing a game, enjoying fun conversation with folks, and chasing his daughter Eva around the house! 

Charlie Jones

Organist and Music Director

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The son of Charles and Frances Jones, Charlie was born in Greenville on 12 November 1951. A piano student of former Greenville Symphony conductor, Peter Rickett, Charlie began playing piano for Mountain Creek Baptist Church at the age of 12. It was here that he learned that Church Music was a ministry of call. He graduated from Furman University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts – cum laude – in history and education.

Charlie came to St. Michael in 1986 as organist after serving in the same position at Lee Road United Methodist for 10 years. In 2019, Charlie retired from Pecknel Music after forty years working with print music and management.

Active in the local arts community, he is a member of the Greenville Chorale where he has served as President and Board Member; The American Guild of Organists, where he as served as both sub-dean and dean; and the Greenville Music Club.

Raised in a “green thumb” family, Charlie is an avid gardener, loves to read, cross-stitch and collect Dept. 56 Christmas Villages.

Stacey Anders

Parish Secretary

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Stacey Anders was born and raised in Asheville, NC.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.

She is married and has two teenage children.  Stacey stepped into her role at St. Michael in August 2013. She loves living in the Upstate!

Stacey enjoys snow, the outdoors, and enjoying live music!  She has become devoted to running, yoga and hiking.

William Sims

Parish Custodian

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William has been with St. Michael Lutheran Church since 2007. He has 2 sons, 1 daughter and three grandchildren. He also has 2 sisters.

 

William loves to write and spend time with his family in his spare time.

Congregation Council

Carolyn Schultz (President)
Warren Mowry
 
Kendra Thornton
Julie Gibson
Adam Miles
Marie Castagnaro
Chip Fulmer
David Cooke​
Devin Kendrick
Liza Anne Cook​
Cynthia Trout
Dan Kirkpatrick
Madeleine Rhyne (Youth Representative)