Welcome to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Hickory, NC


At Bethlehem, everyone is invited, welcomed, and included, supported in times of personal need, spiritually fed, given opportunities to generously offer their God-given gifts to teach, proclaim and serve others, and be "disciples making disciples" for Jesus Christ. Bethlehem is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bible based, and Gospel driven.

The Pastor and Staff are available as usual. While office hours and activities at the church are currently curtailed due to the pandemic, our worship services are available on our Facebook Page, with livestreaming of our services each Sunday morning at 10:30.

Occasionally, weather permitting, a Drive-In outdoor service can be attended in person, and Drive-Thru Holy Communion is regularly offered. Watch Facebook for details.

Meet the staff of Bethlehem!

Judy Lewis Drysdale - Pastor Judy

Pastor Judy grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and has been a life-long Lutheran.  She attended Newberry College, serving as the Vice President of the Student Body, sang in the College Singers and smaller group, MADS, and was often on stage for theatre productions.  She majored in Religion and Philosophy and had a concentration in Theatre.  Following her college career, she attended Lutheran Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master's in Divinity in 1985.  She has served congregations all over North Carolina for almost 33 years. 

Pastor Judy loves working with children and youth and has a love of puppet ministry with the youth in the congregation.  She has also served as chaplain in several nursing homes as well as Hospice and enjoyed her time there as well.  PJ loves all people!

When not working, she enjoys watching movies, reading, working in the garden and refinishing furniture.  She and her husband, Pastor David Drysdale, enjoy travelling and especially visiting family in Maine and their son and daughter-in-law in Virginia, where Joshua serves as a pastor as well.  Life is busy with their dog, Penny, cat, Indy, and 3 recently found kittens in their yard! 

Michelle Galloway, Parish Administrator

Michelle grew up in Wisconsin and attended The University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse.  She moved with her husband and family to NC in 2013.  Michelle grew up Catholic but she and her family joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 2014.  She has worked as Bethlehem's Parish Administrator since that time.  Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys (grown), but mostly with her black Lab Nova.  Michelle has been and continues to be an integral part of our Living Waters for the World Honduras mission team, and keeps her pulse on all things at Bethlehem.

Anna Boone, Pianist

Anna grew up in Hickory and is a life long member of Bethlehem.  She graduated from Newton-Conover High School and Appalachian State University with a BS degree in Mathematics.  She taught high school math for a number of years, following in her father's footsteps.  Anna now works for Catawba Valley Community College.  Anna is married and has one daughter, Kathryn.  Anna and her family enjoy the outdoors and always Appalachian State University football.  Anna is an avid runner, three times qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

Ramsey Dellinger - Pianist/Organist



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