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.

UPC’s Ruling Elders

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.

Class of 2024
Rick Bowles
Griffin Campbell
Melanie Driscoll – Mission & Peacemaking Committee Co-Chair
Gary Meise
Diana Reynolds – Nurture Committee Chair
Lynne Wallace

Class of 2025
Barbara Hoffman – Fellowship Committee Chair
Lois Kuyper-Rushing – Membership Committee Chair
Carl Motsenbocker
Lori Pilley
Mary Stevens
Meredith Veldman – Faith Formation Committee Chair

Class of 2026
Peggy Carroll – Day School Committee Chair
Shannon Fontenot-Stafford
Gaines Foster – Personnel Committee Chair
Christine Kooi – Worship Committee Chair
Edward Peterson – Treasurer

UPC’s Deacons

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.

Class of 2024
Margaret Bach
Ellen Morgan
Karen Paterson
Carolin Purser
Linda Walker
Mary Wardlaw

Class of 2025
Emily Cogburn – Moderator of Deacons
Andreas Giger
Jonathan Hubchen
Stuart Irvine
Faimon Roberts

Class of 2026
Ed Britton
Daniel Burch
Stacia Haynie
Robin Patty


Jerry Trahan – Clerk of Session
Kristen Savicki – Mission & Peacemaking Committee Co-Chair
Doug Walker – Property Committee Co-Chair
Dave Launey – Property Committee Co-Chair
Drew Patty – Stewardship & Finance Committee Chair




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