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Reverend Lia Claire Scholl has been named Senior Pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Reverend Lia Claire Scholl has been named Senior Pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Lia Scholl

Lia Scholl

Scholl most recently served as Pastor at the Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. She also served as Senior Pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Richmond, Va., the Minister for Congregational Development at Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., and the Minister of Education at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

In every church, Alabama to Bali, Lia led the congregation in spiritual and membership growth. Carolyn Shields, who grew up in our church and is now a member at Ravensworth, said: “She did a wonderful job of attracting new members of all walks of life—including LGBT, whom she really made feel at home in the church. She brought many new, especially younger, people into the church.” Lia holds the BA and MDiv from Samford University. Lia Scholl leading prayer in Bali, Indonesia

Authorship: Two books published by Chalice Press, who also published our hymnal.
Advent Devotional: Partners in Prayer (2011), a look at all the ways that incarnation can become real in the daily lives of individuals; and

I Heart Sex Workers: a Christian Response to People in the Sex Trade (2013). This book arose from Lia’s earlier volunteer work as founder and director of Starlight Ministries from 2001-2009, as described on NPR:

References: All, whether listed by her or discovered by us, were unreservedly highly enthusiastic.

Amy Butler, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and newly called as senior pastor of Riverside Church in New York City: She does not have a single issue that she wants to address from the pulpit, except the Gospel. . . wants to use the pulpit to inspire and lead a loving community. . . wise, mature, easily accessible and intuitive; my finest colleague in ministry.

Rebecca Ben-Gideon, rabbi in Fairfax, Va: She is my Bible study partner, as in Jewish tradition. . . I feel like Lia is my pastor. I can imagine her connecting with students where they are such as in a coffee house on campus. . . Lia could grow the church by being so attractive to people she meets.

What Lia Told Us: Before a church can grow, its members must love each other. I would look forward to walking beside you in the journey. And I hope this is my last congregation until retirement! (Lia is 46).

Pastor Lia Scholl values relationships and meeting people “where they’re at.” Her most recent pastorate was serving at Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. Prior to that, she was the pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia. She has worked in the trenches of ministry: with sex workers, drug users, and women exiting prison, and learned that the real value of people is not in their actions, but in their hearts. She is the author of I Heart Sex Workers. Lia is originally from Alabama and loves running and dark chocolate.

LINDA ENGLE – Financial Administrator
Linda Engle is our Financial Administrator, and given that she has worked here since 1986, she’s the person to speak with about all things financial at WFBC. When Linda isn’t keeping the rest of the staff (particularly the ministers) out of financial trouble, she enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters.

WOODSON FAULKNER, II – Choir Director/Organist
Woody Faulkner has been our Choir Director/Organist since May of 2007. Founding conductor of the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus in 1998, he served in this position until January of 2013. Woody is currently on the voice faculty of the Music Academy of NC, and is also Asst. Director/Vocal Coach for the Burlington Boy Choir. He is a graduate of Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Music degree. Woody has also pursued advanced study in choral conducting and voice training at UNCG. He also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

LINDSEY MULLEN – Children and Youth Ministry Director
Lindsey Mullen moved to Winston Salem from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she studied Social Justice at the University of Alabama. She is currently working on a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest School of Divinity, with a special interest in ecofeminist theology. Lindsey loves craft projects, playing outside, and creating her own vegetarian recipes. She is an aspiring birth doula and an amateur herbalist. She lives in Winston with her partner, Erica, and their pets Callie and Jezebel.

DON ROBERSON – Administrative Assistant
Don Roberson is our Administrative Assistant, which means he is really the person who keeps the church running. Don has an undergraduate degree from WFU, a Master of Social Work degree from UNC, and worked as a social worker for many years before retiring – and then coming to work for us! If you really want to know what’s going on at WFBC, Don is the person to talk to.