Leadership & Staff
Senior Pastor Matt Lucas
Originally from Charleston, SC, Matt graduated from the University of Missouri (go Tigers!) with a B.A. degree in 1995. After graduating from college, Matt worked for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Clemson University (different kind of Tigers) where he met his wife Sallye. They moved to St. Louis, MO in 1997 to attend Covenant Theological Seminary (unfortunately there was no Tiger mascot), graduating in 2001.
He served eight years as an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. He was also the RUF Campus Minister at the University of South Carolina (Gamecocks are enemies of Tigers) from 2003-2007.
Matt and Sallye have been blessed with four children. He and his family are excited to be in Hendersonville in order to serve the church and community for the glory of God.
Associate Pastor Zack Keuthan
Raised in South Florida, Zack graduated from Erskine College in 2011. Two weeks after graduating from Erskine, Zack married Elly whom he met during their senior year of high school. As newlyweds, Zack and Elly worked for Reformed University Fellowship at Erskine College. In 2013, they moved to Charlotte, NC so Zack could attend Reformed Theological Seminary in preparation for pastoral ministry. While in seminary, Zack served as a pastoral intern at King’s Cross Church in Charlotte. He and Elly are delighted to now call Hendersonville home.
On July 8, 2016, Zack and Elly were blessed with their first child, a beautiful baby boy, Calvin Courage. Calvin is now looking forward to his baby brother’s arrival in June 2018.
- Skip Goldsmith
- Zack Keuthan
- Matt Lucas
- James F. Miller, IV
- Michael Rhodes
- David Taylor
- Joseph Warren
- Bob Coley
- Doug Dolan
- Mark Dugle
- Gibbon Pender
- Jay Pratt
- Glen Reid
- Andrew Riddle
- Scott Russell
- Eric Warren
Sallye Lucas, Director of Children’s Ministry
Raised in a Christian home in Clemson, SC and always loving children, it was natural that Sallye would attend her beloved Clemson University and earn a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1991. Upon graduation Sallye worked at Camp Skyline Ranch (a Christian sports camp for girls) as the assistant director for one year. She then felt called to youth ministry work and served as the Youth Administrator and leader of the Sr. High girls at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead (Atlanta). In 1994 she returned to Clemson University to pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education, LD and MR. One month following graduation, September 7, 1996, she became Mrs. Matthew Gribbin Lucas.
During that school year, Sallye worked for Clemson as the Supervisor of Special Ed Student Teachers and their cooperating teachers in the field. Matt and Sallye moved to St. Louis, MO in 1997 where Matt studied at Covenant Theological Seminary. Sallye was involved with children as a secretary and school nurse at Kirk of the Hills Day School, tutoring children with special needs, editing the academic catalogue for the seminary and enjoying being a mother to their first two children. After seminary Matt and Sallye moved to Columbia, SC where Matt was an Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, ARP (2001-2009). Sallye and Matt are now the proud parents of four children. Sallye and the children have always loved partnering with Matt in ministry. She loves being a pastor’s wife and working as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Reformation Presbyterian Church.
Karen Kuykendall, Director of Music
Karen was born in Glasgow, Montana, to Richard and Eva Olfert. She started taking violin lessons at the age of five and joined her first orchestra when she was nine. After living in North Dakota and Oregon, her family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1980. While in school there, she was concertmaster of several orchestras, including the Carolina Youth Symphony, which gave her their outstanding musician award in her senior year of high school. Karen received the Daniel Music Scholarship at Furman University, where she was a member of both the orchestra and Furman Singers. Although she decided to major in English, she continued to play the violin both as a soloist and with several local orchestras after graduation.
Karen became a believer at an early age but rededicated her life when she was 22. Soon after becoming a charter member of RPC in 1998, Karen formed a small vocal ensemble at the church. In 2010, she was hired as RPC’s Director of Music. Her duties include scheduling service music, playing the violin, and directing the adult ensemble, the RPC Singers (elementary choir), women’s trio, girls’ ensemble (middle and high school), and instrumental ensemble. Karen loves the variety of her work at RPC and the opportunity to play and sing great music. Her goal is to present a variety of quality music that is glorifying to God and uplifting to the congregation.
Karen has two sons, Douglas and William, who are her great joy. She enjoys participating in their school activities as well as reading, walking/ hiking, and playing tennis.
Chris Zhang, Church Musician
Chris Zhang was born in Shanghai, China and moved to the United States in 1991. He became a citizen in 2003 and currently resides in Etowah, NC where he teaches piano students from beginners up to advanced. Chris started playing the keyboard at the age of 8 and began taking piano lessons officially when he was 10. He has received several First Place awards for competitions between 1992 and 1997. Those include the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, including performances for CYS, and the South Carolina Music Teacher Association Junior High and High School Piano Competitions.
He received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded as the Outstanding Graduating Masters Student in piano and a Graduate Performance Diploma in piano from Peabody Conservatory of Music. Classical music, by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, etc. is Chris’ forte. His teachers include Sheng Jin, Karilyn Slice, Cheng-Zong Yin, Daniel Shapiro, and Seth Knopp. He also plays Christian music and enjoys playing piano for the glory of God. He was hired as Reformation Church’s pianist in 2006.
- Beth Hill
- Karen O’Conner
- Karen Maier