Pastor Michael Frye officially retired on March 31, 2017. He served as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC for sixteen years. Prior to that time he served as pastor of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia, NC; Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas, TX; pastor developer, then as pastor of Living Saviour Lutheran Church in Charlotte; and, as the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Salisbury as he began his ordained ministry in 1973.
After his retirement, Pastor Frye served as full-time interim senior pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte from April 1, 2017 through January of 2018. He also served as interim pastor at Philadelphia Lutheran Church in Dallas, NC through the month of September, 2019 (when they become a yoked ministry with Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Dallas, NC).
A native of Kannapolis, NC, Pastor Frye graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis in 1965; Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory with a BA degree in History in 1969; Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC with a M. Div. degree in 1973; and Eastern Theological Seminary in Philadel-phia, PA, with a D. Min. degree in Marriage and Family in 1987.
Pastor Frye has served in various roles within the LCA and ELCA including: President of the North Carolina Luther League from 1967-1968; voting member of the 1972 LCA Convention, and to the ELCA Assembly in 1991; Board of Trustees of Lutheran Family Services of North Carolina; Board of Trustees of Lenoir-Rhyne University; the North Carolina Synod Council; the Consultation Committee of the NC Synod; the Michael Peeler/Virginia Casey Committee of the NC Synod; Dean of the Triangle Conference; elections chair of the NC Synod Assembly.
Pastor Frye and Judy V. Sloop, also from Kannapolis, married in August of 1969 and just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They have two adult children: Elizabeth Anne and Jennifer Leigh.