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Pastor’s Thoughts

The Poplar Springs Way of Walking Near the Cross Together

Thank you for making your plan now to be part of our Holy Wednesday Service on April 5 in the Sanctuary. As we are remembering Jesus’ death on the cross, this service is our Poplar Springs way of walking near the cross together to reflect on Jesus’ love for us from the depths of the heart of God. It is a principal feature of our life in Christ to reflect upon this good news: “You see, at just the right…

What’s Behind the Green

Friday this week brings us to St. Patrick’s Day and everyone will wear their green to remember the missionary who ministered for the Lord Jesus on the “Emerald Isle.” St. Patrick’s story is one that comes down to us from Christian History and, as one book title puts it, his story is “More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns.” Patrick’s story can be easily remembered this way: Patrick’s story is a reminder of the missionary calling given to the church in a…

Meet Our Staff

Tony Tench

Anthony (Tony) Tench answered Poplar Springs’ call and began service as interim pastor in August 2022.  Originally from Bristol, Virginia, Tony received a Bachelor of Arts from Milligan College (Tennessee) and his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Tony and his wife, Janet, were married in 1979.  God has blessed their family with one daughter and two grandchildren. Tony began following Jesus as Savior and Lord at the age of nine. He was licensed…

Katherine Asis

Katherine Asis has been the minister of music and music education at Poplar Springs since October 2012.  Originally from Lenoir, NC, Katherine received her Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Appalachian State University.  She began working in music ministry in 2006 in Gastonia, NC and received her Master of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2010.  Her passion is introducing others to the truths of God through music and leading God’s people into authentic worship.  Katherine is married…

Nicole Hamrick

Nicole Hamrick grew up at Poplar Springs and has been serving as the Minister of Children and Youth here since June 2017.  Nicole studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a degree in Mathematics, a 9-12 licensure to teach, and a minor in Spanish.  She taught high school mathematics for 5 years before heading to graduate school at Gardner-Webb University where she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 with a concentration in Intercultural…

Vickie Elliott

Vickie Elliott joined the Poplar Springs staff as Office Manager in October of 2009. A graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, Vickie also attended Cleveland Community College. Prior to beginning her service at Poplar Springs, Vickie worked for Porter Brothers as a Customer Service Representative and for North Carolina Farm Bureau. Vickie is married to husband Brett and has one son, Ryan who is an Environmental Scientist for TGS Engineers in Raleigh.