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

2015: Jerry Kennedy, Adam Knapp, Beth Paskoff, Jackson Reynolds, Joe Skillen, Mary Wardlaw, Katie Watson

2016 Linda Babin, Jon Cogburn, Ann Miller, Jeff Perry, Juliana Sheffield

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

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

2015 Griff Campbell, Thomas Shelton, Johan Skillen, Lori Tucker, Doug Walker, Candace Wright

2016 Henry Cedars, Brannon Costello, Barbara Hoffman, Kay Lindsey, Kathie Pohlman

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