Rev. Ken Schmidt
Pastor Schmidt began serving as Interim Pastor at St Philip on September 2019.
Director of Faith Formation
I have been privileged to serve alongside the children and youth, currently focusing on high school youth, here at St. Philip for nearly 9 years. Youth are an extremely important part of the Body of Christ and I feel strongly called to encourage youth in finding their spiritual gifts and in understand their value in the Body. In so doing I am energized by their gifts, their ideas, and their willingness to let me join them on their faith journeys and to be a part of my own. I am so blessed to see youth grow in their leadership, confidence, and faith!
I am child of God, a wife, and mother of two. I enjoy riding horses in my free time, as well as hanging out with my dog, 2 cats as well. You may find me posing as a musician playing guitar/bass in the Crossing worship service. And, as a graduate of N.C. State I am a Wolfpack fan through and through. I am a questioner and wonderer and I invite all of God’s children, of every age, to jump in to explore together the faith walk God has set before us!
It is my strongest desire to use my skills in work that serves Jesus Christ and supports His Church in the work of taking His love into the world. My life’s journey has prepared me in numerous ways to be able to successfully support the Minister, Ministry Leaders, Members and Staff here at St. Philip. Being raised in a Methodist Minister’s family, I am aware of the special sort of support that is required that assists the Pastors to meet the ongoing demands of their time – that goes beyond the typical set of office administrative skills.
As an active member of my church I have served in ministry leadership positions such as a DivorceCare Leader, Bible Study Groups, and as a Stephen Minister. In addition, I’ve been active in the music and youth ministries.
I have one adult son Evin, who lives, works and plays in southern Wake County. We are blessed to have a close relationship and enjoy spending time together and with our family – my sister & family and my parents all live in Wake Forest. Although I’m from northern New Jersey, my hometown has been Fuquay Varina since 1992.
I’m active in a community coalition as the Executive Site Coordinator in Fuquay Varina having worked with them since 2002, at all sorts of community issues along with law enforcement and lots of partnering churches, agencies and civic groups. Currently we are working to prevent underage drinking as part of a state wide task force.
“Hello everyone! My name is Regan Chuhran. I am a native of Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan. I am currently the Director of Bands and Orchestras at West Millbrook Middle School here in North Raleigh.
As a child, my family had a studio in our house where my mother taught piano lessons. When I turned four, she began to teach me. I also grew up attending an ELCA Lutheran church where my mother was the music director. Because of this, I grew up singing in church choirs, playing with the handbell choir, and performing special music in my church. When I was in high school, the organist at my church retired and everyone turned to me to take over (“piano and organ are pretty much the same, right?”). With two lessons on the organ, I played my first service. I ended up loving the organ and continued to play and study throughout college and beyond.
One of the first things I did when I moved to Raleigh was begin searching for a Lutheran church to serve. I am so fortunate to have found such a warm, welcoming new church at St. Philip. I hope you will enjoy the music I bring to your services as much as I will enjoy playing it!”
Interim Choir Director
Bob Petters, after receiving a B. of Music from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, taught bands, choirs, and orchestras in public schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. After attending graduate school at the University of Michigan, he joined the U. of Michigan School of Music as an Assistant Professor in the Conducting and Music Education departments.
He then came to North Carolina State University to conduct the orchestra, a concert band, and teach classes. He served as the Music Department chair before retiring so he could go back to teaching. He has conducted church choirs in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
He is currently the conductor of the Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle.
My wife H’Bong and I were born and raised in Viet Nam, and St. Philip Lutheran Church sponsored us when we were refugees from Viet Nam. We have two adult children—Adam and Elle, both who have served in the United States Military Service.
We are members of St Philip Lutheran Church. We have represented St Philip Lutheran Church at several NC Synod Assemblies, and also have done a presentation at a NC Synod Assembly.
My wife H’Bong began work as the St. Philip custodian on May 1, 2001 and served as the custodian for several years.
While H’Bong worked as the custodian for St Philip, I worked at Lutheran Family Services for a number of years and helped coordinate their refugee program. When the economy caused my position at Lutheran Family Services to be discontinued, I started doing similar work with refugees for an agency in Durham. When H’Bong took a factory job with ConAgra Food Plant in Garner, I became the St. Philip custodian.
H’Bong worked at ConAgra Food Plant in Garner until June 2009 when they had a serious explosion that injured and killed numerous employees. H’Bong happened to have been sick the night of the explosion, and so fortunately wasn’t injured by the explosion. ConAgra closed the plant down after the explosion and all of the employees lost their jobs.
We live in Raleigh, and look forward to meeting and getting to know you.