Grace Moravian Church Staff

Rev. Cornelius (Neil) Routh, Pastor (DMin)

Neil is responsible for the spiritual leadership of Grace Church, including the development of vision, leadership of the staff, and working with our lay leadership to shape and impact Grace Church to discern and respond to God’s calling.  He also serves as the church’s primary point of contact with the broader community.  He develops all preach series and worship themes.

Neil is a lifelong Moravian from Winston-Salem, NC and has been involved in various leadership levels since his high school years.  He has a diverse experience in interaction with other Christian denominations.  Educated at Mars Hill University, Moravian Theological Seminary and Drew University School of Theology, he has served Moravian congregations in this region including: Advance, King, Lewisville, Mayodan, Newton, and Winston-Salem.

Neil is also a certified Intentional Interim Minister through the Center for Congregational Health at Wake Health.

Neil is married to Beverly Faircloth Routh, who was raised in Winston-Salem, NC.  They have three sons: Nathaniel, Zachary, and Jacob.

Neil is an active leader beyond the congregation in various denominational endeavors from youth camping, to lay leadership development, to event planning. He is active in Presbyterian Pilgrimage, a spiritual formation and renewal movement.

Gitte Strauss
Church Secretary

Gitte grew up in Germany and came to this country in 1982. Gitte and her husband, Dan, moved to Mount Airy in 2007 and love living in this area. Dan is retired from the U.S. Army after serving on active duty for 26 years. 

Gitte has an Associate Degree in Office Adminitration and a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources Development. She worked at John S. Clark as an HR Administrative Assistant until the business closed. Gitte came to work for Grace Moravian Church on December 7, 2015. 

Her hobbies include crocheting, gardening, and reading. She is also a member of the local Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Kathy Pruett
Choir Director/ Organist

Kathy is originally from Charlotte where she grew up in the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches before going to Lenoir-Rhyne College where she received her degree in music.  Following graduation she married into a local Mt. Airy family and became organist at Grace in December 1980. Subsequently she added the choir director responsibilities in 1987. Kathy works to provide a diverse musical program that reflects the many different aspects of our Christian lives and our relationship with Christ.


Aside from her involvement at Grace, Kathy spends her time caring for her husband and two daughters, is a fitness enthusiast, paints, works with flowers and enjoys travel.


Sheryl Angel

Sheryl grew up in Mt. Airy.  She has two daughters Kayla and Oshyn.  Sheryl's family is a member of Grace and she and her girls are very active here at Grace.  She has years of experience in daycare and currently works full time for Surry County Schools as an interpreter for the hearing impaired.  Her daughter Kayla is hearing impaired. 


Sheryl came to work at Grace in November 2012.  Having a constant in the nursery here at Grace is a bonus for children, especially when they have separation issues.  Sheryl greets them with a smiling, familiar face so that they feel comfortable staying in the nursery.  This is great news for the parents!