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Steve Muzio

Senior Pastor

The goodness and providence of God brought Steve and Melanie together from different sides of the country, and very different background. Steve grew up a military brat with roots in California and Melanie a southern belle with roots in Alabama. Steve did not grow up in a Christian home; Melanie’s family were faithful church attenders. Steve and Melanie met in High School and shortly thereafter Steve came to faith in the Savior.  A relationship developed thereafter and culminated in marriage in 1983 after Melanie graduated from Belhaven College.

Steve graduated a year later and ministry life began thereafter.  Steve worked full time as Director of Youth Ministries in Mississippi and the Atlanta, Georgia area while also attempting to attend seminary part time.  He graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1992 and accepted a call to be assistant pastor in Dalton Georgia, again working with youth.  A couple of years later Steve moved into a solo pastor role serving the Lord’s Church in Alabama, California and then in Iowa before accepting the call to serve the Savior and the saints at Hazelwood.

The Muzio’s have three grown children with their spouses and seven grandchildren.

Cooper Starnes

Assistant Pastor

Cooper was born and raised in Morganton, NC. He earned an Associate in the Arts degree from Western Piedmont Community College, then transferred to UNC Chapel Hill, where he met his beautiful wife, Hannah. Cooper graduated in 2016 with a double major in History and Political Science. He enrolled in Reformed Theological Seminary of Charlotte where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 2020.


Cooper and Hannah were married in December of 2016 and now have a little girl named Alison Reah (Ali Rea) born in 2018 and a newborn son whom they call Tripp. Cooper and Hannah look forward to many years of ministry at Hazelwood where they can serve the church and in helping them to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.


Ruling Elders

Walter Catching

John Holland

Bob Persons

Rusty Scates

Charlie Boatright

Roddy Alt

John Baxley* (Clerk)

Sam Smith*


*Elder Emeritus


Jason Godfrey (Co-chairman)

Dawson Spano (Co-Chairman)

Nicholas Johnson

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