Pastor Heidi Punt is a native of South Africa. She attended the University of South Africa where she earned a Bachelor of Theology majoring in New Testament Studies and Missiology. She attended the Lutheran House of Studies in Pietermartizburg (RSA) where she earned an MDIV equivalent. She has additional studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
She is married to Pastor Dieter Punt and they have three children. Angelique is living in Botswana, Nadia is a student at Appalachian State University, and Michael is currently enrolled at Mitchel Community College working toward transfer to NC State University.
She was granted citizenship in summer 2019.
Tina Brown has been the organist at Union Lutheran Church since November 2016. She has been active in church music ministry for 39 years serving in the following churches: Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville (organist and choir director for 4 years) , Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury (organist and choir director for 20 years) and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury (organist for 9 years).
She received her BA in music education from Pfeiffer University. She taught elementary music in the Mooresville Graded School District for 7 years.
As an independent piano teacher for 32 years, Mrs. Brown continues to maintain a private studio in Rockwell, NC. Her husband, Mark, and she live on a small goat farm. They have one son, Nathan, who is the band teacher at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville and a daughter, Carol, a doctoral student in occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Isaiah is the Choral Director at East Rowan High School and is happy to add “Music Director of Union Lutheran Church.”
He’s a graduate of South Rowan High School, where he was under the direction of Jan Gore, Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Landis. After high school, he attended Wingate University where he majored in K-12 Vocal Music Education, primarily under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter.
Isaiah taught middle school chorus in the Gaston County School System for three years and served as a tenor section leader, handbell player, and Children’s Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia. Fast forward to mid-2020, amidst a global pandemic — he was blessed to receive the opportunity to return home and take on the challenge of continuing the legacy of choral excellence at East. Isaiah looks forward to working with the Salisbury/Granite Quarry/Rockwell/Faith communities as we work together to return to normalcy and rebuild music programs, both, in schools and churches.
Staff Support Specialist
Genevieve Baker is the daughter of Paul and Nancy Baker. The Baker Family moved to Salisbury when her father retired from the Navy. She was two years old. Genevieve grew up in Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School and Catawba College. After Catawba she attended Meredith College focusing on a Master’s Degree in Paralegal. Genevieve soon realized after working for two lawyers God had a different path for her to work in the ministry utilizing her computer skills and love for God.
In 2001 Genevieve became the Church Secretary at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, where she had attended since childhood. After 19 years of service to St. Paul’s she changed jobs beginning in January 2020 at Union Lutheran Church in the new Staff Support position.
Genevieve invites you to call, email, and/or visit her in the church office between 10:a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. You can reach her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (704) 636-5092.
Phil Cauble is a long-time member of Union Lutheran Church. Educated in Rowan County schools, retired as a logistics manager and production manager in the meat industries. Phil is the president of the GARS (Golf Association of Rufty Holmes Senior Center). He loves playing golf and is a member of YMCA. Phil is married to Linda, and they have five children and 11 grandchildren.