Warlicks Ministry staff

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you."

John 15:12

Senior Pastor

Gary Murry

About Me

I am the Senior Pastor here at Warlicks Baptist Church. My wife, Sharon, and I have been married since August 3, 1974.  We have two children: Carrie Gilliam married to Cameron Gilliam and Andrew Murry married to Laura.

My Story

I grew up in a Christian home, but did not accept God’s gift of salvation until I was twenty-eight. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who paid the price for all sin including mine, when He was crucified. I believe that He rose from the dead and will live for eternity. I gladly proclaim my faith in Him, and my love and allegiance to Him. I owe all my hope, all that I am, and all that I have now and in eternity to Him.

First Job

Cleaning the local schools during the summer.  We would dust, mop and buff the floors

Favorite Restaurant 

O’Charlies - Best bourbon salmon in town. A close second is Charlie Grangers - the brisket hot dog is really good

Dream Trip

Israel. I would love to see where Jesus walked.  A close 2nd Dodger Stadium - I would like to experience that atmosphere once

Favorite Movie Quote

“You can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people most of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” - "Maverick".  I like to add “and you can’t fool God any of the time.”

Super Power

I have no superpower, I am lucky to walk and chew gum at the same time

Family & children's Pastor

John Jolly

About Me

I am the Family and Childrens Pastor here at Warlicks Baptist Church  and have been since 2005.  My wife, Dorothea, and I have two daughters: Alina and Michaila.  Alina is married to Jonathan Reed and Michaila is married to Christian Carswell who gave us our first grandchild Lochlynn Carswell.  

My Story

My ministry started at Grace Baptist Church in Portland, ME. as a volunteer working with the Children’s Ministry. In 1989 God called me into the Ministry and moved us South. I graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. with a Bachelor of Science in Theology with my concentration in Youth Ministry. I have worked with Youth and Children ever since and it is a ministry I truly love. We have a growing youth ministry and the teenagers are excited about what God is doing in their lives.

First Job

Swimming Instructor

Favorite Restaurant

Long Horn Steakhouse - awesome lunch special - lobster & shrimp chowder with strawberry salad

Dream Trip

Traveling Scotland and Ireland for 1 month with 2 weeks in each country

Favorite Movie Quote

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" - John Wayne in "The Cowboys"

Super Power

I have no superpower, but I do like giving sacrificially to others

Pianist/Keyboardist/ Arranger

Eddie Reece

The Younger Years:

I cannot remember a time when I was not around a piano.  I think my earliest memory of playing music was around the age of 5.  My mom played and I just fell in love with it from the very beginning.  I grew up in church and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at around age 9 or 10 while attending Berea Baptist Church in Connelly Springs.  

Musical Experience:

At age 15, I was asked to play the piano for a large youth choir at First Assembly of God Morganton, N.C.  I continued at First Assembly of God until age 18 when I then enrolled at Charlotte Hair Styling Institute in 1979.  While attending Barber College there, I became the part time pianist for First Assembly of God in Gastonia, N.C.  

My Family:

Before graduating from C. H. S. I. I married my wonderful wife, Tammy Reece in 1980.  That same year after graduating, I began working at Carl’s Hair Styling when our first child Chasity was born.  Over the next 11 years, I traveled with the Singing Winebargers from Lenoir, N.C.  During this span of time, I did interim pianist work for several churches in the area. 

My Time at Warlicks:

In 1990 I attended Warlick’s Baptist Church and joined sometime after my second child Daniel was born in 1991. That same year I became the pianist for the church, and in 2009 was appointed Praise & Worship Leader where I am currently serving. 

Minister of music

Eddie little

The Early Years :

I have been around music since before I can remember.  My parents were both very talented musically.  I Accepted Christ at age 11 and was baptized at College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC.

My Education:

I graduated from Hibriten High School and then went on to Lenoir Rhyne College and obtained a Bachelor of Music Education.

Working Experience:

I began in the music ministry at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Lenoir in June of 1978 and was called to Warlicks Baptist Church in July of 1984 where I have been ever since.  I also am a contract player with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC. where I play the French horn.  I can also play the trumpet and very little on the piano , however I'm not very good at either one of them.  My ministry is to those who sing, which should be everyone. Not to entertain or be entertained, but to glorify God.

Where I am Now:

Right now, I live in Caldwell county with my wife Margie of 38 years.  We have two dogs, Cletus and Sunshine.  

My primary employment is with Music & Arts in Hickory as an Electronics technician.

I also am a contract player with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC. where I play the French horn.  I can also play the trumpet and very little on the piano , however I'm not very good at either one of them.  



I grew up in Rhodhiss where I lived until the 8 grade, when my dad built a house in Valdese, where I live to this day.  I have lived the majority of my life in the Valdese area and went to Valdese High School.  

Sometime around 1956, my parents began to visit Warlicks Baptist Church and we joined sometime later.  At first I began to play the piano around 1956 and then began to play the organ not much longer after for the Sunday Morning worship.  

While working at the A&P grocery store and going to church, I met the love of my life, Francis Orders, when he asked me to play the piano for him while he sang a song for a worship service.  We married shortly after in 1976.  

Playing the piano and organ is a worship experience that I cannot explain and have played the organ ever since.  

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, And His faithfulness to all generations."

Psalm 100:1-5

New American Standard Bible 1995

Youth Ministry Leader

Lonny and Michelle Hildebrand

Lonny and Michelle have a large blended family, with lots of personal experience with teenagers and have been married for five years.  We enjoy spending time with our family, traveling, gardening, and shopping for antiques. 

We are both actively serve in leadership roles within our church.  Lonny currently serves as a deacon and Michelle is our VBS director. Together we serve as Youth leaders on Wednesday nights and are members of the Youth Support Team.

Both Lonny and Michelle have a heart for our youth and believe they are serving exactly where God wants them to be. They are excited to join where God is working in our youth; by orienting their hearts towards Jesus and showing them how to allow God to shape their minds in order to grow their relationship with Him.

Youth Ministry Leader

Carl and Ashlei Lowman

Quick Background

We both grew up in Burke County, where we currently live, and graduated High School from EBHS.  From there we went to college at App State in Boone where we both majored in Elementary Education concentrating in Physical Education.  

We have been together for 18 years, married for 14 and we have 2 children (William and Addison).  We enjoy spending time together as a family, camping, and sports. 

Other than church, Carl works as a physical education teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf and Ashlei works as a physical education teacher at Icard Elementary.  Together we serve as youth leaders on Sunday Morning and members of the Youth Support Team. We look forward to growing our youth department both in numbers and discipleship!

Fun Facts About Us


Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

First Job: Lowes Foods cashier and bag boy (where we met) 

Dream Trip: Field of Dreams

Favorite Quote: "Do you want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?"

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 10:9


Favorite Restaurant: Ponchos

First Job: Lowes Foods Cashier (Where we met)

Dream Trip: Road Trip in our camper across the USA stopping at State Parks to explore and hike with a final stop in DisneyLand!

Favorite Quote: "It is what it is"

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:24