Pastor Jeff Erbskorn
"PJ" as he is sometimes known, was born in Huntsville, Alabama and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Joanie were married in 2000 and have two boys, Andrew age 13 and William age 9. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Winthrop University (1991) and a Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Since his graduation and ordination in 1996 he has served in both South and North Carolina parishes.
Pastor Jeff came on board in March of 2013 after serving 9 1/2 years as Senior Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Shelby, North Carolina. Sharing all aspects of pastoral ministry with PB, his primary ministry focus falls withing the areas of evangelism, youth, young adult and young family ministry. He is a trained Healthy Congregations workshop facilitator, a certified leadership coach within the ELCA, a certified teacher of the enneagram of personalities through Dr. Jerome Wagner's Enneagram Spectrum of Personality (Institute of Pastoral Studies Loyola University Chicago) and a member of the International Enneagram Association.
His passions include spending time with his wife, playing with his boys, leadership coaching as well as leading workshops on team development and how to manage one's self within one's relationships utilizing family systems theory and the enneagram of personality.
Associate in Ministry Kathleen Cartledge
Director of Music Ministries
AIM Kathleen is married to George (He is a musician, photographer, A/V consultant and computer tech.) She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a minor in Education from Augusta University, Augusta, GA and a Master of Arts in Religion - Theology Track from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. AIM Kathleen has worked in the Aiken/Augusta area as organist, pianist, and choral/instrumental conductor for over 30 years. A former Children's Choir Instructor for the Piedmont Diocese of the Episcopal Church, she steered the Westobou Arts Festival Organ Series for 5 years, is a former Dean of the American Guild of Organists and a Past President of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Region 2. She performs as organist, pianist and accompanist in recitals and concerts throughout the CSRA and leads choral workshops and retreats for singers.
AIM Kathleen came to St. Paul in August of 1997. She was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA in 2011, and is called to serve at St Paul as a Minister of Word and Service, and as Director of Music ministries and Liturgist for St. Paul. AIM Kathleen coordinates music and liturgy for worship services, gives support to worship and music leaders as well as occasionally preaching, writing devotions, and music.
Kathleen likes many styles of music from Early Chant to Jazz. She loves to perform and listen to fine Jazz. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Chick Corea and Claude Bolling are some of her favorite artists.
Pastor Andrea Bates
Andrea Bates is a senior seminarian at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She recently finished a year-long internship at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida where she really enjoyed becoming immersed in congregational life. Andrea was affirmed in the year of internship, and she has already begun to miss the tasks of ministry - especially preaching and visiting homebound members of the congregation.
Prior to seminary, Andrea and her husband Kyle (who is also a senior seminarian) lived in Arden, NC where they worked together at Lutherridge for two years and in Atlanta, GA. Andrea graduated from Lenoir-Rhyme University in 2009 with a B.A. in Human and Community Services. She has always known that God was calling her to help people, and in recent years God has made it more and more clear that this helping will come, for her, through ordained ministry.
Prior to college, Andrea spent most of her life in small-town Nebraska where her father serve as Pastor and her mother served as Associate-in-Ministry in a vibrant and nurturing congregation. She loves watching college football, playing games, and hanging out with family and friends.
Kathryn and her husband Keith are native Californians. A job transfer took them to Toronto, Canada, where they built a house in the country, raised a family, and lived there for more than 20 years. They have two grown daughters: Heather, her husband Dan, and grandchildren, Audrina and Quinn in California and Melody and her husband Christoph in Germany. A lot of their family now lives in Aiken, South Carolina and are praying that one day the entire family will relocate to Aiken.
Kathryn began her professional career as a secretary for a high tech firm in Irvine, California and over the years has enjoyed a number of administrative positions for a variety of businesses. In addition, she has taken certified health and safety courses and worked as a deputy radiation safety officer.
She takes delight in feeding birds and spotting those she’s never seen before or listening to their remarkable songs. She also enjoys taking pictures of almost everything, but especially flowers. However, what she enjoys most is singing. She routinely finds herself humming Bible verses and putting words of scripture to music. She has taught Sunday school for more than 10 years. Children are a particular joy and always bring a smile to her face and heart.
YaWaY Graphic Design Artist
George Cartledge is our YaWaY Graphic Design Artist. (He also serves as St Paul’s Computer Administrator and Audio\Visual Technology Coordinator for Worship and Music.)
George is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina, with two siblings and a number of nieces and nephews. His interests are music, audio recording, and the visual arts. His first career was photojournalism – as staff photographer for The Augusta Chronicle/Augusta Herald. After that he worked as a free-lance photographer, and as the chief recording engineer for Advanced Sound Creations. George also worked in the early years for USA Today as a distributor and in transportation, later becoming Assistant to the USA Today Print Site Supervisor in Columbia, SC. He continued to study photography as well as graphics, computers, and electronics.
George loves to spend time with his wife Kathleen. While he likes puzzles and cycling, he also loves animals – especially cats. George feels it is a blessing to serve God and his people, and thankful to be here at St. Paul.
YaWaY Music Leader
Chris Morgan is our YaWaY Music Leader for the 9:45 am worship service on Sunday mornings. Chris has lived in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Portland, Tampa and Aiken. Chris began playing guitar at age 16, and after that sang and played in several music groups in the CSRA. He married his lovely wife Beryl and they have one son – Christopher. During his time in Florida, Chris’ career was as a performer, a professional singer and instrumentalists. Chris has also worked with bands, played a lot of Irish and Welsh music, historical folk music and plays 12 string guitar, banjo and harmonica. He is a member of St. Mary, Help of Christian Catholic Church in Aiken; and has worked with their Life Teen Music Ministry. Chris is excited to be at St Paul with the YaWaY Worship Service. When he was approached about this music ministry opportunity, Chris realized that this was one way of doing more with the talent God has given him in a way that will serve and praise God.
Chris says this about his role at St Paul Lutheran Church: “God has led me to sing a new song… for Him. I look forward to worshiping and thanking God through this ministry and serving the congregation at St. Paul’s.”