Andy Hale

Senior Pastor

Raised in Apex, NC, I attended Campbell University for undergraduate and Divinity School.  I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Leadership (EdD). At Campbell, I met my wife, Jennifer.  We have two daughters, Madison and Aubrey-Anna.


Serving in a plethora of ministry capacities, from overseas mission work to urban ministries, my heart is to coach people to expand their availability to serve the Lord with their passions and giftedness. I believe in creating a community of belonging for all people, no matter where they are on life's journey. I have a heart for discipleship and seeing followers of Jesus grow in their journey with Him. My desire is to help equip, edify, and empower God's people to live and do the work of the Kingdom of God.

Before my call to UBC, I served as a CBF church starter of Mosaic Church of Clayton, North Carolina and coordinated the Church Starts Initiative for CBF Global.


I am also the creator and host of the CBF Conversations Podcast.  

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Deborah McElgin

Minister of Children and Retirees

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I attended the University of Montana gaining a degree in Recreation Program Management. I met my husband Will in 2010. We have 2 children, Thomas and Katherine (Kate)

I have served as Children's Coordinator at UBC since 2012 with a focus on building a strong community in Christ for our young Families and developing programs that teach our youngest members to be the Church through child-friendly missions.  I believe strongly that the greatest of God's Gifts is love and when in doubt if we fall towards love and kindness we will be living in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

I work with the children and young families of UBC, along with providing pastoral care to the MDO. 

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Eric Fulcher

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 on developing community among youth, college, and young adults, as well as leading to UBC's international ministries.

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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. 

Justin Langford

Minister of Worship & Community

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Halena Nguyen

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 also love to travel, read & bake.


I lead the office operations and manage UBC's finances.

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Amber Authement

Mother's Day Out Director 

I was raised in Houma, LA, and met my husband, Bryan, when we were in 8th grade. We have been together since then. We have two sons, Jackson and Zachary. I attended Louisiana Tech University and have a Bachelors's in elementary education. I have five years of elementary teaching experience. I was also previously an assistant director at another center. 

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, and fishing. 

I am the director of UBC’s MDO program. My goal is to make sure the students, as well as teachers, meet their developmental and educational goals. My favorite saying is “All children can learn, you just have to figure out the best way to meet each child’s individual needs.”

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Damien LeBrane

Media Specialist

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I currently attend Louisiana State University, pursuing a degree in Marketing. Since I was 13, I've wanted a career in Marketing, whether it be becoming a sports agent, music manager, or just a graphic designer. I love sports, specifically basketball, and was a huge Kobe Bryant fan growing up. I look forward to using what I've learned to stretch UBC's outreach beyond measures.

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Kash Fuller

Office Specialist


My name is Kash and I was born and raised in Denham Springs, LA. I am married and have 2 children the ages of 23 & 16 and one grandson. In my free time I love spending time with my family, playing softball & reading. I attended Southern University and is currently enrolled in Southeastern LA as a senior majoring in Social Work.

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Shannan O'Dowd

Intern for Worship & Community


Shannan O'Dowd graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education. She is currently studying at LSU to receive a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. Most recently, she was the Choral Director at Johns Creek High School and the Children’s and Youth Choir Director at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge, LA. She won the 2017 Shuler Award for Music Direction for the JCHS production of Cinderella and was a nominee for Music Direction for the 2018 JCHS production of 42nd Street. Shannan has over 10 years of worship leading experience and currently performs in Coro Vocati, a professional chamber choir in Atlanta. She is thrilled to work with such an incredible staff at UBC!

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Kimberly Fritz

Ministry Intern


We are excited to introduce you to Kimberly Fritz, UBC's new Ministry Intern. She will be working with the ministerial staff members to garner experience in the many forms of ministry that UBC offers. As a faith community with a long history of embracing all people's calls to ministry, Kimberly chose UBC for its inclusiveness towards women in leadership. 


She is currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Ministry and has previously served in children's ministry, choir, and worship leadership. Kimberly is passionate about discipleship and empowering others through the love of Jesus Christ, aiming to serve and make a difference in others' lives through the Gospel. 

Support Staff 

Kay Hawthorne



Bonnie Ellis

Office Specialist

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Lolita Harris

Custodial Staff

Hiep Nguyen

Custodial Staff