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Lori was claimed in the waters of baptism as an infant, ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of New Hope in 1993. After serving as Associate Minister at First Presbyterian, Durham, for ten years, she entered the world of Intentional Interim Ministry and has had the honor of serving four interims thus far: Roanoke Island Presbyterian, Manteo; Pilgrim UCC, Durham; Butner Presbyterian; and West Raleigh Presbyterian.
Lori has served on a number of Presbytery and Durham community committees. This marks the 10th year Lori has been one of the Spiritual Formation facilitators with first year students at Duke Divinity School.
Education: BA, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas MEd, University of Texas, Denton MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
Family: Lori’s spouse Terry Allebaugh is the Community Impact Coordinator for The NC Coalition to End Homelessness, with specific emphasis on ending veteran homelessness. They live in the Duke Park neighborhood, just north of downtown Durham.
Interests: Working in the yard and garden, hiking/walking, traveling, meals with friends, performances at DPAC, music, NPR.
The Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas is a native of Northern Virginia but has lived in North Carolina since 1999 and happily considers it home. Prior to coming to Cary Presbyterian she served as a hospital chaplain at UNC Memorial, then as a solo pastor first in Duplin County then in Sanford, NC before taking time off to play, clean up, chauffer and serve with her two children; daughter, Mackenzie who is 15 and son Andrew, who is 13. The last seven years she served at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian in Chapel Hill. As a new church development there was no singular way the community had always done anything so it was a unique opportunity to try all manner of new things!
Troy, Mitzi’s husband, is also an ordained PC(USA) pastor and in the manner of small worlds served as the Interim Associate Pastor at Cary Presbyterian 1999-2000. He currently serves as the Interim Pastor at Milner Memorial in Raleigh. Living in downtown Pittsboro they’re getting acquainted with 64 eastbound and looking forward, with anticipation and trepidation, to the day Mackenzie can drive without an accompanying adult!
Weekends often find she and her family shuttling between football games and band competitions to see Mackenzie as part of the Northwood High School Marching Band or coordinating transportation for Andrew and his side business with Troy of small engine repair. In between it all Mitzi starts most every Saturday morning indulging her passion for trail running with friends. She is grateful her preference for ultra-marathons helps her to indulge her other passions which mostly center around chocolate, coffee, baking, and farmers markets.
Photos by: Paul Sausman