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

2017 Ed Green, Susan Ourso, Robin Patty, Gus Rowland, Meredith Veldman, Chris Whittington

2018 Daniel Burch, Andreas Giger, Leslie Green, June Klimash, Jane Smith, Jerry Trahan

2019 Barbara Gray, Cordell Haymon, Lee Jenkins, Carl Motsenbocker, Edward Peterson, Betsy Wilks

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

2017 Marissa Baham, David Hall, Kelly Kerr, Kelley Massengale, Kathy Poché

2018 Bizza Britton, Bunny Heroman, Alicia Lewis, Larry Reynolds, Michael Strain

2019 Cary Byrd, Richard Kilgore, Patti Meredith, Nan Patt, Pat Wright