Lutheran Church of Reconciliation

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Jeffrey Ingold


On January 1, 2023, the people of Lutheran Church of Reconciliation (LCOR) and I began our ministry together!

I am excited to be sharing in the congregation’s efforts to love God, love others, and serve the world near and far. I have often wondered what living in a coastal community would be like and now I have the blessed opportunity to experience it along with the vibrant people of faith at LCOR.

I am energized by what God’s love can do when people are opened to receive it and share it, which I have already experienced with the people I am getting to know in worship, visits, groups, and fellowship.

God’s love opens us to a world of opportunity, abundance, and overflowing generosity and obviously this has been a focus of the congregation and its pastors for many years. I am blessed to strive in continuing this legacy of love at LCOR.

If you are looking for a church home and happened upon our web site, or if you have gotten out of the ritual from a pandemic hiatus or have fallen out of love with the church for any reason, I want to invite you to do something Jesus invited the earliest disciples to do, “Come, and see!”

Come, add to the picture of what loving God, loving others, and serving the world looks like as you engage with our new ministry together at Lutheran Church of Reconciliation.

Let’s see what God has in store as we partner together to love and serve.
Check out this web site for our worship times and I look forward to being with you, soon!

Pastor Jeffrey Ingold

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Diana Brailsford

Music Director

Diana Brailsford and her husband Steve have recently relocated back to Wilmington after her last appointment as a music minister in the mountains of North Carolina.  She joins the LCOR team with over 25 years of ministry experience.  Diana began piano lessons at age five.  She is an accomplished pianist, organist, vocalist, and French Horn player.  Diana has directed numerous bands, choirs, orchestras, and small group ensembles throughout her career.  She has degrees in Business, Computer Information Systems, and Education.

Diana’s passion for music began very early and she believes that we never stop learning.  She absolutely loves serving as the music director here and is always available to meet with members, family, and friends of LCOR.  New choir and handbell choir members are always welcome!   We are striving to grow the music department and welcome all talent.

Diana and her husband Steve love to spend time together and with their 3 furry children.  They own a Goldwing and enjoy riding through our beautiful beach towns.  Life is a wonderful adventure and Diana cannot wait to see what happens next

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Rhonda Cooper

Office Administrator

Rhonda is originally from Jacksonville, NC but has lived in Wilmington for 38 years. She has 2 children and 2 grandchildren: daughter Morgan Harris and son Michael May. Michael is married to Patti and they live in Bayshore with their 2 daughters, Nevaeh May and Leilani May.

Rhonda previously held this position in 1995 as a temporary employee. The reason it was temporary was that it was part-time, and she needed full-time work. Pastor Meyer asked her to take the job here until she could find a full-time job. She did and loved it!

Her mother, brother, sister, and two nieces also live in the Wilmington area. Much of her time off work is spent with her 86-year-old Mom.

She is an avid member of Jazzercise and has taught line dancing as well as shag dancing for many years. Rhonda loves to read, garden, watch movies (NO scary ones!), walk/hike, and bicycle.

Rhonda has worked as an in-home personal caregiver for the elderly for many years and still does occasionally, which she enjoy very much.

Guy Beale

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.

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Heather Gunter

Pre-school Director

Mrs. Gunter is excited to start her third year as Director at LCOR Preschool! She has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years as a teacher, assistant director and director in a Christian setting. She has her degree in early childhood education as well as her administrative credentials from the state of NC.

Mrs. Gunter is a native of Wilmington, NC. She has been married to her husband, Jeremy, for over 15 years. Together they raise their 10-year-old daughter, MacKenzie. She is the light of their lives. They also have 2 miniature schnauzers, Rambo and Thrasher, who keep things lively. Mrs. Gunter enjoys interior design, event planning, being a dance mom, and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Gunter has a passion for working with children and families. She is honored and overjoyed that God has led her to serve at LCOR Preschool!

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Leah Hicks

Leah Hicks

Worship nursery attendant (part time)

Hi, y’all!

My name is Leah. I am a current graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

I have worked with children in educational, recreational, healthcare, and daycare settings for the past 10+ years. I am empathic, compassionate, and love to put a smile on all the faces of the kiddos I serve.


Emily Wantuch


Emily Wantuch is the current lead Pre-K teacher for LCOR Preschool and the new Communications Director! Emily graduated from Appalachian State in 2020 with her Bachelors degree in General Music Education. During her time at App, she also served as Editor, Music Director, and Social Committee Chairman for the Epsilon Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity. She hopes to bring her knowledge of marketing and communications, as well as her musical abilities to her new position. She is looking forward to serving the church in many new ways!

In her free time, Emily enjoys exercise, spending time with friends, and furthering her own education! Emily currently lives with her husband Andrew, their cat Toulouse, and their leopard gecko, Mr. Beans