Minister of Children and Retirees
I was raised in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky, and received a degree in Church Music from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I also received a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. My husband Jon and I have been married since 2000 and have two children, Abigail and Kaitlyn.
I have previously been a youth minister, preschool classroom teacher, preschool music teacher with the Kindermusik program, taught High School chorus, and most recently served as a Field Personnel in Kosice, Slovakia with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I believe that God has called each of us to missional living no matter what our profession. I love to help people find their God-given gifts and use them to serve in the church and beyond. I want all people to feel loved and accepted as part of God’s family.
I enjoy being outdoors (exercising, hiking, running, walking, etc.), reading, and spending time with my family. We love to travel to new places!
I walk alongside children and their families as well as retirees as we learn to love and understand each other more fully, creating an environment where all are welcome to serve and thrive.
Minister of Formation & Church of the Nations
I am so excited to be a part of the UBC community and to help the church fulfill her calling here in Baton Rouge! I was born and raised in Richmond, VA, attended Virginia Tech for undergrad, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond for my Master of Divinity degree.
My experiences in ministry are varied, having spent time in associate ministry, youth and children’s ministry, college ministry, hospital chaplaincy, church planting, and ministry for a season in a national park. I’m excited to work with all generations of Americans and Internationals at UBC to provide opportunities for connection and growth with one another. I think the local church is at its best when those we encounter feel loved and accepted as beloved children of God created in God’s image, so that they might in turn be that same loving presence to the world around them.
In my spare time, you’ll find me playing guitar, reading science fiction, exercising, or trying my best to catch a bass at a local BREC park.
I work to develop engaging spiritual formation opportunities for all generations and stages of life at UBC, as well as provide leadership for Church of the Nations and all International ministries.
Minister of Worship & Community
I am thrilled to be a part of the UBC community where I believe that musical diversity and vitality can play an important role in our lives together. My own musical background includes amateur and professional choral music, solo vocal performance, church music ministry, college a cappella, rock, folk, and praise bands, and musical theatre performance, conducting, and direction. These varied experiences lead me to embrace a wide range of musical styles in ministry.
I am currently finishing doctoral studies in choral conducting at LSU. Prior to my arrival in Baton Rouge, I received a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. I earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. I am originally from Austin, Texas.
I work on developing spiritual formation among youth, college, and young adults, as well as leading UBC's worship ministries.
Financial and Office Manager
I was born in Vietnam but raised in New Orleans, LA & have over
10 years of bookkeeping & administrative management
experience across several sectors including non-profit, law &
I really enjoy meeting new people and helping others. In my free
time I enjoy going hiking, kickboxing, running, skateboarding, camping & just being outdoors. I'm also into succulent plants, travel, cook & bake.
I lead the office operations and manage UBC's finances.
I have been married to my husband Jeffery for 14 years and we have two beautiful children: Jeffery Chase, who is 12 years old, and Jory Channin, who is 10 years old. My family and I have lived in Zachary, LA for the past nine years. We love its small, hometown feel and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! I attended Jackson State University, majoring in Business Management, and for the past five years I've been homeschooling my children full time. I'm so grateful to be able to teach them and watch them grow. I remind myself daily that I only have them for a little while, so I try to soak up each moment.
I'm absolutely enjoying my role here at UBC and I appreciate the warm welcome from the church family!
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, I used my passion for creative processes and technology to develop skills in graphic design. I went on to graduate from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. During my time there, I learned how to properly organize and promote a business. Here at UBC, I use my knowledge of tech and social media to bring light to all the great things happening at UBC!