Meet our Staff!

Rev. Ernest B. Sheldon

Rev. Ernest B. Sheldon

Pastor

Pastor Rev Ernest B. Sheldon is from Fortville, Indiana. Upon graduating from high school, Pastor Ernie served the next twenty years in Army Special Operations (Green Berets). While in the Army, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University. He retired from the Army in 1997 to attend Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, graduating with a Master’s in Divinity in 2001. Since then he has served a number of congregations in North and South Carolina.

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Organist

Darin has always had a deep passion for music. He began taking piano lessons at age seven, and organ at age eleven. Darin also joined The Choir School at St. Peter’s at age six, a program that runs deep in the Anglican choral music tradition, where he completed twelve years of rich learning and extensive choral discipline. Having sung many concerts and church services in the United States and abroad, including Salisbury Cathedral, and St. Albans Cathedral, England, UK, he was exposed to many styles of church music, and felt drawn to become a church musician and performer. Darin is currently Organist and Choirmaster of St. John’s Lutheran Church Statesville, and evening Tazie pianist of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte. Having earned an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in organ, Darin hopes to attend UNC Charlotte to further develop his career as an Organist and Musician.

Our Mission & Vision

St. John's is a Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven Community.

We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel and to make disciples for Christ. We believe that making disciples — in our congregations, in our communities and nations, and around the world — must be a priority of the Church in the present age.