Pastor Bill Milholland
Bill Milholland serves as pastor of Reconciliation. He and his wife, Susan, returned to Wilmington in 2010 after being away since 1976. Susan is a native (truly — one of just a handful left), and Bill first moved here in 1968 when his father became pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran downtown. They both graduated from Hoggard High School. A few years later they got married, moved away, thinking they would only be back for occasional visits. They were wrong — and both are glad they were. They love being in Wilmington again.
Bill left Wilmington to go to Lenoir-Rhyne College (now University) in Hickory. After graduating in 1978, he worked in business across the state. He always said he’d never be a pastor, and tried really hard to avoid it. But God had other plans. In 1983, he and Susan and their daughter, Sarah, left for Columbia, SC to attend Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He graduated in 1987. Their son, Joel, was born a month before graduation. Before coming to LCOR, he has served as pastor of four congregations in NC and SC.
If he’s not at home or work, you will likely find Bill on the golf course or maybe the beach. He also loves to just be with folks sitting around good food and drink talking about life. He tries to make time for good music and good books. He and Susan have two grandchildren — Samuel and Graylyn. They will be happy to share pictures.
Director of Worship Ministry
Mark Hellmann and his wife Jeannie retired to Wilmington almost three years ago after serving two Lutheran churches in Michigan and Minnesota as a pastor and frequently as a musician. Music and church have always been a part of Mark’s life. He started piano lessons at five years old and continued through high school and on to Wheaton College where he majored in music with a concentration in organ. Since church was an important part of his family life, he often played for church services. One of his favorite memories was the regular practice of being handed a list of hymns titles with nothing but a key signature 15 minutes before a service began with the expectation he could sit down and play them. (Those were the most prayerful musical moments in his life!)
Mark has a passion for music. Although classically trained he has an appreciation for the many styles of music and how they all inspire and impact worship. He loves the rich choral tradition of the church as well as contemporary praise music. In addition to his musical interests, Mark also has a passion for fostering deep worship experiences through visual art, drama and technology.
An avid long-distance runner and gardener, he also enjoys reading science fiction. Recently he joined the Chamber Music Wilmington Board of Directors and continues to drive for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery. He and Jeannie have five children and two grandchildren, and like Pastor Bill and Susan have pictures to share as well!
Jean has been the Administrative Assistant at Lutheran Church of Reconciliation since May 2007.
She was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she worked in both small and large corporate office settings. Jean moved from Michigan to Springfield, Ohio, after being offered a position at a corporation there. It was at this company she met her husband, Mark.
Jean and Mark and have lived in Ohio and Georgia, moving to Wilmington in March 2007.
I was fortunate that seven weeks after moving to Wilmington, I was hired at Reconciliation.
Director of Faith Formation
Guy has been a member of LCOR since Fall of 2006 when he and his wife Susie moved to Wilmington from Northern Virginia. He has been Director of Faith Formation since that position was created in Fall of 2011. This position deals with Christian education, small faith-based groups, spiritual retreats, and other activities associated with developing and nurturing faith for our members.
Guy and Susie have been married for over 52 years. They have one son and one grandson. Although originally from Cleveland, Guy has lived most of life in Virginia. Susie is from Denver, but also has lived many years in Virginia.