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Our Pastor

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Meet Pastor Greg Van Dyke

We are delighted to welcome Pastor Greg Van Dyke, who began his ministry with us at Lutheran Church by the Lake on April 1, 2024. Pastor Greg brings with him a wealth of experience, deep faith, and a steadfast commitment to service, all deeply rooted in core values that have already begun to enrich our congregation and inspire our collective journey in faith.

 

Pastor Greg was born in Pickens, South Carolina, and spent his formative years in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina. His educational journey includes a BA in Psychology from East Carolina University, an MBA from Winthrop College, a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Geneva College, showcasing his dedication to exploring the human mind, the power of faith, and the essence of leadership.

 

Ordained in 1996, Pastor Greg has devoted over two decades to ministry, initially serving two congregations in Pennsylvania for twenty years, and most recently, a congregation in South Carolina since 2016. His arrival at Lutheran Church by the Lake has been eagerly anticipated by our community.

 

Married to Linda since 1988, Pastor Greg is a devoted family man with three adult children—two living in Myrtle Beach and one in Maryland. He lives by several core values: worship is essential for nurturing faith and empowering service; one will never look into the eyes of a person Jesus does not love; we are stewards of the gospel, creation, and all that God has entrusted to us; and God's grace is enough. These beliefs fuel his commitment to being a disciple of Jesus Christ and leading a life of profound faith and service.

 

Pastor Greg is also deeply committed to the broader community. He is actively involved in behavioral health advocacy with a focus on suicide prevention, serves as a Chaplain for a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, South Carolina chapter.

 

Pastor Greg and Linda are excited to build their new home in the Tara neighborhood of Savanah Lakes Village. They look forward to becoming involved in the broader community and meeting others outside of the Lutheran Church by the Lake.

 

Together, they share their home with two dogs and two cats, with Linda humorously enforcing "adult supervision" for Pastor Greg at all pet adoption events—a role for which their daughter Sarah does not qualify, as she has served a “co-conspirator” in adding to the pet population of their home.

 

As Pastor Greg continues his ministry among us, we are enthusiastic about the depth of his experience, the warmth of his faith, and the leadership he brings to our congregation.

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