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The Reverend Karen S Hawkins, Interim Pastor

Pastor Karen Hawkins is a 1980 graduate of the College of Charleston and a 1994 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She has served congregations in Columbia, Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant. Prior to seminary Pastor Hawkins taught school in Dorchester County School District Two in the area of special education at the middle and elementary grade levels. She is married to Dr. Robert Hawkins.


Mrs. Betty Jo McCartha, Organist - Choir Director

Betty Jo has been involved in church music for over 57 years serving as pianist, organist, and choir director for various churches. She assumed the position of Organist - Choir Director at St. Matthew's in January 1990.

Music and singing are important in our Lutheran worship and we encourage everyone to use their musical talents by singing or playing instruments in our services.

The Children's Choir rehearses on Wednesday at 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Anthems are sung twice monthly during the worship service, and they presented a mini Christmas musical last December during the Sunday School hour and fellowship time.

The Senior Choir rehearses on Wednesday at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, and lead the worship services through the year singing traditional and contemporary songs. The highlight of the church year is the annual cantata presented on the Sunday before Christmas.

An invitation is extended to all to join our music program and "Make a joyful noise to the Lord."


Jan S. Lowman, Church Secretary

Jan (Janice) Shull Lowman retired with 30 years of service from the SC Department of Motor Vehicles in June of 2010, After retirement she became a full time Grandma to 2 busy little boy Logan(5) and Chance(3) then in November of 2010 God blessed us with Ravyn and then in 2014 with Abby. They are her joy and heart.

Jan is married to Jessie Lowman, Jr, and they have two children Jessica (Mike) and Jared. Jan loves spending time with their family, being outdoors and camping. Jan also works out three days a week at 5am with her FIA family. She is in the office Monday thru Wednesday 8:00am until 1:00pm.