Barbara and Gene Hamaker hold the original church charter of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Morganton. The church recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary on Feb. 3, and the Hamakers are the last among the 26 charter members still attending Shepherd of the Hills.
of the Hills. During the spring and summer of 1996, Shepherd of the Hills church saw a drastic change to its building as most of the old building was demolished to make way for a new facility. Gene Hamaker, serving as building committee chairman, along with several other members, worked with the Lutheran-based Mission Builders team, which consisted of seven couples from seven different states, to erect the current facility used today.  While all of the couples from the team were sad to leave at the end of t


Shortly after moving to north Georgia in 1980 from Lake Worth, Florida, Barbara and Gene Hamaker began searching for a ...

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