Rev. Christine Herrin, Pastor
Rev. Herrin came to Lowcountry Presbyterian in January 2014 with 16 years of experience in ordained ministry as a solo pastor in Gaffney, SC and previously an associate pastor in Charlotte, NC.
Prior to receiving her Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Seminary in NJ, she served as Youth Director and Young Life Church partner in Atlanta and worked in a bank trust department. Growing up, Chris lived in various southern states, except for four years in Scotland. She attended middle and high school in Jamestown, NC and earned her BA from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
It was during her years in youth ministry that Chris began to feel the call of God to seminary and ordained ministry - although it was clear that God was working even before then, giving her opportunities and experiences that would shape and grow within her the desire to share with others the good news of God's love and grace.
She is excited to continue her ministry here in Bluffton, confident that this is where God has called her, and that God will work in and through her and the faithful people of LPC to do a new thing in this community and beyond. Chris lives in Bluffton with her husband Dan and rescue dog, Jaxx. She has two grown children. In her free time she enjoys exercising, walking the beach, reading, movies, photography, and golf.
Rev. David Johnson, Associate Pastor
David was born and raised in the north, growing up in suburban Chicago, the grandson of Swedish immigrants who followed other Scandinavians to settle in the northern Midwest.
He received his B.A. from Hope College in western Michigan, and remained in Michigan after graduation, working in ministry with youth as a Young Life Area Director.
Feeling called to seminary, David moved to the north shore of Boston where he received his M. Div. from Gordon-College Theological Seminary. Not yet sensing a call to church ministry, he stayed in New England after completing his degree, guiding church and school groups on adventure wilderness programs throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Some 15 year later, David found his calling to parish ministry. He was ordained into the United Church of Christ where for the last 25 years, he has served churches in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida.
Over the course of David’s ministry, he has seen tremendous changes in society and in the church. Yet he remains passionate in his belief that the gospel message of Jesus Christ, and the ongoing work of the church, remains critically important for individuals and for our world as a whole. Although he is ordained in the United Church of Christ, David’s journey has included worship, study, and ministry in numerous settings and denominations. Now, as God has called him to Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, he considers it a privilege and joy to serve God and God’s people here in Bluffton.
After living in Michigan, New England, and Chicago, David moved south to the tropics where he met and married his wife, Rev. Elizabeth. Together they have made a home with Loiza, their Puerto Rican rescue dog, and two cats, Buster and Mr. Squeakers. In his free time, David needs to be outdoors where he seeks out adventure. Currently, he and Elizabeth are learning to sail “At Last,” their Rob Roy canoe yawl.
Dr. Robin Lind, Director of Music
After 40 years of directing choirs, teaching choral music education and private voice at the public school and college levels, Dr. Lind retired in 2014 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where she was the Director of Choral Activities and co-director of Music Education. Upon retirement, she and her husband, Ralph Peters, moved to Sun City, in the Lowcountry, where she has found a world of musical opportunities. Besides serving as the Music Director at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, she sings in the Mary Green Chorale, the Beth Yam Synagogue Choir on Hilton Head Island for High Holy Days, and the Lowcountry Jazz Band. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Utah, her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon, and her BA in Music Education from the College of Idaho. Choirs under Dr. Lind’s direction have toured Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria and the United States.
Dr. Karen M. Ball, Organist/Pianist
Dr. Karen Ball comes to LPC as Professor Emeritus at Olivet Nazarene University where she served as full time faculty for eighteen years. In her previous faculty position at Wheaton College, she taught in the Community School of the Arts as well as the Conservatory of Music for fourteen years. Her career has spanned decades of performances, teaching positions, and composing and arranging music for vocal, choral, piano, and orchestra. Karen received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Temple University, the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, and the Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois. She began playing organ for the church service at the age of 14 and has consistently held music positions in the church to the present. Dr. Ball performs regularly with the Mary Green Chorale, the Hilton Head Symphony Chorus, and the Congregation Beth Yam Temple Choir for High Holy Days. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and is currently serving as President of the Performing Arts Council of Sun City Hilton Head.