Lutheran Church of Reconciliation

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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.

I am truly blessed to serve with the people of Reconciliation. Even though almost everyone is from some other part of the country, God is helping us create a family of faith here. We really care about each other, and folks can find a home here. I feel energized when we’re together at worship or serving our community. I really love this place and these people

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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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Connor Lipke


Originally from upstate New York, and current student at University of North Carolina Wilmington studying Marine Biology, Connor has recently joined our team as the Director of Communications. Connor handles all aspects of marketing, social media, photo/video and the website. 

Connor learned these skill sets while managing a social media marketing startup while traveling around the USA in a van with his two dogs, Jax and Leeroy. You may see him at the church during special events snapping photos, and helping as a member of our Technology Committee.

In his free time, Connor competes in Strongman and Powerlifting and enjoys hiking with his pups. He’s currently about to start his sophomore year in his BS program at UNCW.

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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Michael and Trenton Lombardo

Technology Committee Leader

Michael Lombardo and his son, Trenton, are long-time members who have been regular attendees at Lutheran Church of Reconciliation for more than 10 years. Michael is a member of the Church Council and part of our at-home communion ministry.

Michael is the head of the church’s Technology Committee and plays a pivotal role in our Sunday streaming services. Trenton is a LCOR preschool graduate. He is also a part of our streaming service team, and volunteers as a crucifer and occasional soloist.

Heather Gunter

Pre-school Director

Mrs. Gunter is excited to start her first 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 9-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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Rhonda Cooper

Administrative Assistant

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.