Duane Hix is the Interim Pastor for Laurinburg Presbyterian. He has served in five other parishes since ordination in 1981, in New York, Delaware, Iowa, and two churches here in North Carolina. As Interim Pastor, Dr. Hix will lead the congregation through a transition period as the church assesses its future mission and elects a team to find the right full time pastor for its future. Dr. Hix was educated in his native Iowa, at Parsons College, then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, for his Masters of Religious Studies, and then earned his Ph.D. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to Medora Hix, Director of Christian Education at the Cary Presbyterian Church. He has three adult children spread across the country. He is delighted to be here at LPC for this transition period and looks forward to meeting members and friends of the church.
Charles became our Business Manager in April 2017. He has been a member of LPC for more than four decades, serving as both an Elder and a Deacon, and grew up in Scotland County. He graduated from Pembroke State College (now UNC Pembroke) and worked in finance prior to retirement in 2008. His wife, two sons, and four grandchildren are also members of LPC.
Cathy joined LPC in July 2016 as our Office Manager.
José Rivera, Ph.D., serves as our Director of Music. José is an associate professor of choral music education and director of the University Chorale at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has conducted All-State and Honor Choirs in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Rhode Island. His research on Latin American choral music has been published in the NCMEA and ACDA Journals. Dr. Rivera holds the Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education and a Master of Choral Music Education degree from Florida State University and currently serves as the American Choral Directors Association National Chair for Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives.
Sean began as our organist in 2013. Sean relocated to Laurinburg in 2007. He is originally from Utica, NY. He is a music teacher at Wagram Elementary School. He lives with his wife, Angela, and their three daughters, Annabelle, Willow, and Rowan. Sean attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He also attended East Carolina University, where he earned a Master's degree in Music (Sacred Music) and studied organ with Janette Fishell.
Dr. Doug Hix serves as our Interim Assistant for Pastoral Visitation. He is a retired pastor of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church and former President of St. Andrews University in Laurinburg.
Jaime Amanda Martinez
Dr. Jaime Martinez is our Interim Assistant for Christian Education. She helps administer our Christian Ed programs, especially those pertaining to children: Children's Church, Vacation Bible School, and Children's Choirs. Jaime is also an associate professor of history at UNC Pembroke.