"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."  Ephesians 4:11-12


Pastor Mary Finklea

  • Pastor Finklea is a 2005 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, having earned her Master of Divinity degree.

  • She is a 2000 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

  • She interned at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Ewing, New Jersey, in 2003-2004.

  • Her field work was at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC and her clinical pastoral education at Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC.

  • Pastor Finklea spent five years as a Counselor at Lutheridge in Arden, NC, one of the camp and conference centers of the South Carolina Lutheran Synod.

  • She is married to Wade Finklea who works in a family-owned industrial construction business in Florence.

  • Pastor Finklea is involved with the local ecumenical ministries association (Greater Florence Ministries Association) which brings together a variety of faiths and backgrounds.

  • On the state level, she participates with the SC Christian Action Council which brings people of differing faiths together to work for the good of the community.

  • On the national level, she attends the National Workshop on Christian Unity each year, and is part of a small but growing young ecumenist group.

  • On the international level, she has traveled twice to Tanzania to work with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and has traveled to India with Women of the ELCA.

  • She continues her education by working as her schedule allows on a second Master's Degree in Sacred Theology focusing on ecumenism. Pastor definitely believes that we are lifelong learners!

  • Pastor Finklea enjoys her work on the Board of Lighthouse Ministries, a local agency that helps provide utility assistance, financial training, and has a successful working mothers program. Lighthouse Ministries was also the recipient of an ELCA grant, furthering the connection.

  • Serving on the Board of Lutheran Family Services is a source of great pride for her. Pastor Finklea remarks, "Serving the poor, working for justice, and advocating for others are all part of our Lutheran heritage. Lutheran Family Services is more than just a terrific social service agency, LFS takes seriously our Lord's words, 'as you do unto the least of these, you do unto me."

  • Pastor Finklea supports First Call Theological Education by attending synod level meetings, regional gatherings, and by representing South Carolina Synod at a national summit in Chicago. This summit is convened to support healthy and holy callings for congregations and pastors.

  • She serves on the SC Synod's Ministry Team for Outreach, which covers Ecumenism, Campus Ministry, Companion Synod relationships, Hunger issues, among other outreach initiatives. She will serve for the first time this year as a chaplain to A New Road, a grief ministry to recent widows and widowers.

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Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

(Secretary's Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, same times)

E-mail Address

pastor at cross-n-crown.org

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