At UPC we hold that all the members of the church are involved in ministry and thus are ministers of the church. We take that belief seriously. We also have called and elected officers of the church: session members, deacons, and pastors. All work collaboratively to guide, direct, and empower others in the ministry of the church.

Ruling Elders serve alongside pastors in the governance of the church. Ruling elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.

UPC’s Ruling Elders

Class of 2018
Daniel Burch - Day School Committee Co-chair
Andreas Giger - University Outreach Committee Chair
Leslie Green - Worship Committee Chair
June Klimash - Membership Committee Chair
Jane Smith - Nurture Committee Chair
Jerry Trahan - Stewardship & Finance Chair

Class of 2019
Barbara Gray
Cordell Haymon - Personnel & Administration Committee Chair
Lee Jenkins
Carl Motsenbocker
Edward Peterson
Betsy Wilks

Class of 2020
Linda Benedict - Day School Committee Co-chair
Peggy Carroll - CE Children & Youth Committee Chair
Wes Mainord - Property Committee Chair
Lorinda Sealey - Mission and Peacemaking Committee Chair
Tom Shelton
Doug Walker

Deacons: The ministry of deacon is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.

UPC’s Deacons

Class of 2018
Bizza Britton - Fellowship Committee Chair
Bunny Heroman
Alicia Lewis
Larry Reynolds
Amy Vidrine

Class of 2019
Cary Byrd
Richard Kilgore
Patti Meredith
Nan Patt
Pat Wright

Class of 2020
Gina Costello
Lois Kuyper-Rushing - Moderator of Deacons
Andy Maverick
Phil Quartararo
Faimon Roberts