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Meet Our New Pastor

University Baptist Church is excited to welcome Andy Hale as their new senior pastor! On this page, we hope to give you an overview of who Andy is: his family, his educational background, his work background, his passions, his hobbies, and his responses to some of the questions we asked him while we were getting to know him.

If you really want to get to know him, too, you would be well served to come and meet him! Starting June 10, 2018, you'll find him preaching a thought-provoking sermon from our pulpit, starting with a series on UBC's Core Values (check them out here). This will also give you a chance to find out about the other great work we are doing at UBC. We are excited about the new journey we are beginning with Andy, and we welcome you to join us!

A Few Things to Know About Me (by Andy)

  • I am Jennifer’s husband. That is if she will still have me. I am Madison’s (7) and Aubrey-Anna’s (3) dad. These are the three most important people in my life.

  • Jennifer and I are co-companions in the rearing of our children, living into each of our vocational callings, and experiencing all God has for us. Jennifer’s vocational calling to teach children and train piano students is equally central in our family.

  • For the last seven years of navigating full-time bi-professional ministry, their well-being and our relationship have motivated the way that I balance vocation and life.

  • The confines of four walls have never been my strong suit. I enjoy a challenging workout, cycling, running, hiking, camping, golfing, and reliving the glory days of football, ultimate frisbee, and basketball. I value a hearty adventure, fly fishing, and boating.

  • I care deeply for a good cup of coffee, cooking, and smoking meats. I am a lover of film, photography, comic books, and music. My blood runs crimson, both naturally and collegiately.

  • I am a recovering know-it-all and a cynic learning to be more gracious. I tend to be an analytical thinker, trying to find the beauty in everything and creative ways to improve. However, I expect more out of myself than I do of others.

Vocational and Leadership Experience 2014-Present: Church Start Specialist and Podcast Host - Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 2013-Present: Collegiate and Graduate School Guest Lecturer

2013-Present: Ministry Consultant 2012-2014: Events and Fundraising Coordinator - Smithfield Rescue Mission (Smithfield, NC) 2010-Present: Senior Pastor & Church Starter - Mosaic of Clayton (Clayton, NC) 2009-2011: Clayton Community Thanksgiving Meal Event Coordinator 2005-2011: Associate Pastor of Students and Missional Ministries - Clayton First Baptist Church (Clayton, NC) 2005: Tsunami Relief Student Mission Coordinator - North Carolina Baptist Men (Galle, Sri Lanka) 2004-Present: International Mission Immersion Coordinator & Leader - Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Ecuador 2002-Present: Domestic Mission Trip Coordinator & Leader (10+ Locations)

During our time of getting to know Andy, we developed some deep questions that we posed to him. We sent them via email, allowing him time to develop his answers, and then took formal time to discuss those answers face to face. Some of these questions and Andy's written answers have been available to view in the Window. However, if you would like to review all of these and more, please feel free to download a copy of his response HERE


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