Pastor & Staff


Nathan Gragg


Pastor Nathan came to Zion in the summer of 2015 .  He lives in Lexington with his wife Joanna and their three boys.  Nathan is a 2002 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia.

Parish Administrator

Starr Corley

Starr is a life-long resident of Pelion, a graduate of USC and retired from federal government employment in 2006. The love of her life is her grandson, Hamilton and they spend time reading, playing and having lots of fun! Starr is a member of the Pelion United Methodist Church and enjoys her pets, reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Music Director

Julie Branham

Julie is a graduate of Newberry College where she studied Church Music. Julie joined the staff of Zion in 2015 and lives in Lexington with her husband, Heath and their three kids.

Director of Youth, Education,

and Communications

Walt Hampton

Walt started doing Youth Ministry in his home church in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he got involved in Synod Youth Ministry & became the Vice President of the Lutheran Youth Organization of the ELCA. Walt attended Eastern University where he studied Youth Ministry & Biblical Studies. He and his wonderful wife, Jamie, moved to South Carolina in 2010 & enjoy being outdoors, day trips to the beach or mountains, watching movies, and playing with their precious son, Jack. They are excited to be a part of the Zion family!

Facilities Manager

Steve Shumpert

Steve came to Zion in December of 2005 after spending 33 years working with Cromer's P-nuts, Inc. and Cromer's Land Development. As Sexton, Steve manages and maintains Zion's buildings and grounds. Steve enjoys woodworking and gardening as well as leading a Thursday morning Men's Bible Study and an adult Sunday School class. He and his wife, Susan, are members of Zion and residents of Lexington.

Zion Lutheran Church
226 Corley Mill Road
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 356-2297

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