Our Church Structure and Lay Leadership

The congregation of United Church of Chapel Hill is a community of people from diverse religious traditions; from that diversity comes much of its richness and strength.

In keeping with the heritage and policy of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and our local church, United Church of Chapel Hill is a congregational church, governed by the will of the congregation through elected governing boards that establish and supervise our policies and programs. This democratic process ensures that United Church, its ministry and programs remain vital and relevant to the congregation and the community we serve.

Your input is vital!

  • Participate in June’s Congregational Meeting to elect the the members of the Church Council and Boards
  • Participate in October’s Congregational Meeting to consider the budget
  • Serve on a board or committee

Here you will find a list of the 2019-2020 Church Council boards and members.

Church Council
MODERATOR: Gaylen Brubaker
ASSISTANT MODERATOR: Melanie Joiner
CLERK: Karen Demby
TREASURER: Derek Harrison

Responsible for church’s mission and ministry.  Serves to give direction and to provide coordination between various programs and ministries. If you have any questions or comments please email churchcouncil@unitedchurch.org.

Board of Justice, Outreach and Service
CHAIR: Kirsten Fescoln

Outreach mission of the church.  Equips us to serve God and our neighbor, to grow in our discipleship and to work towards the day when “steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” (Ps 85:10)

Board of Children’s Ministries
CHAIR: Christine Harding

Education and nurture of children.  Equips us to rejoice in God’s gift of children, to teach the story of faith, and to rejoice in the good news.

Board of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
CHAIR: Millie Brobston

Education and nurture of youth and young adults.  Equips us to involve our youth and young adults in discipleship, to experience the good news of God, and to celebrate the growth God gives.

Board of Adult Ministries
CHAIR: Jeff Hall

Education and nurture of adults.  Equips us to nurture adults in the unfolding of their lives, to continue growing in faith and to experience the presence of God.

Board of Deacons
CHAIR: Peter Schay

Spiritual welfare of the congregation.  Equips us to care for one another, to be a household of faith and to grow into a welcoming community of love.  

Board of Fellowship
CHAIR: Lee Sorensen

Community welfare of the congregation.  Equips us to be together – to eat together, to play together, to live together – as a congregation.

Board of Membership Engagement & Stewardship
CHAIR: Andrea Vizoso

Strengthen our congregation’s resources.  Equips us to nurture our members’ church identity and engage their time, talents, and financial resources to fulfill the mission plan of our congregation.

Board of Trustees
CHAIR: Ron Johnson

Supervision of all finances and custodians of church properties.  Equips us to be good stewards of our financial resources whether they are the resources of our church household or of each of us individually so the mission and ministry of the church may happen. Assists us in maintaining our facility as place of ministry and mission for our congregation.

At-Large Members
AT-LARGE: David Tanner, Ingrid Schmidt, Helen Hoenig, Angel Collie

Represent all the members of our congregation and facilitate communication for all issues that might arise, but, most importantly, for issues that are not covered by one of the boards.

Personnel Committee
CHAIR: Melanie Joiner

Pastoral Relations Committee
MEMBERS: Melanie Joiner, Doug Zabor, Dennis Pagano, Sandy Polson, Midge Coward

Our Church Structure and Lay Leadership

The congregation of United Church of Chapel Hill is a community of people from diverse religious traditions; from that diversity comes much of its richness and strength.

In keeping with the heritage and policy of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and our local church, United Church of Chapel Hill is a congregational church, governed by the will of the congregation through elected governing boards that establish and supervise our policies and programs. This democratic process ensures that United Church, its ministry and programs remain vital and relevant to the congregation and the community we serve.

Your input is vital!

  • Participate in June’s Congregational Meeting to elect the the members of the Church Council and Boards
  • Participate in October’s Congregational Meeting to consider the budget
  • Serve on a board or committee

Here you will find a list of the 2019-2020 Church Council boards and members.

Church Council
MODERATOR: Gaylen Brubaker
ASSISTANT MODERATOR: Melanie Joiner
CLERK: Karen Demby
TREASURER: Derek Harrison

Responsible for church’s mission and ministry.  Serves to give direction and to provide coordination between various programs and ministries. If you have any questions or comments please email churchcouncil@unitedchurch.org.

Board of Justice, Outreach and Service
CHAIR: Kirsten Fescoln

Outreach mission of the church.  Equips us to serve God and our neighbor, to grow in our discipleship and to work towards the day when “steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” (Ps 85:10)

Board of Children’s Ministries
CHAIR: Christine Harding

Education and nurture of children.  Equips us to rejoice in God’s gift of children, to teach the story of faith, and to rejoice in the good news.

Board of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
CHAIR: Millie Brobston

Education and nurture of youth and young adults.  Equips us to involve our youth and young adults in discipleship, to experience the good news of God, and to celebrate the growth God gives.

Board of Adult Ministries
CHAIR: Jeff Hall

Education and nurture of adults.  Equips us to nurture adults in the unfolding of their lives, to continue growing in faith and to experience the presence of God.

Board of Deacons
CHAIR: Peter Schay

Spiritual welfare of the congregation.  Equips us to care for one another, to be a household of faith and to grow into a welcoming community of love.  

Board of Fellowship
CHAIR: Lee Sorensen

Community welfare of the congregation.  Equips us to be together – to eat together, to play together, to live together – as a congregation.

Board of Membership Engagement & Stewardship
CHAIR: Andrea Vizoso

Strengthen our congregation’s resources.  Equips us to nurture our members’ church identity and engage their time, talents, and financial resources to fulfill the mission plan of our congregation.

Board of Trustees
CHAIR: Ron Johnson

Supervision of all finances and custodians of church properties.  Equips us to be good stewards of our financial resources whether they are the resources of our church household or of each of us individually so the mission and ministry of the church may happen. Assists us in maintaining our facility as place of ministry and mission for our congregation.

At-Large Members
AT-LARGE: David Tanner, Ingrid Schmidt, Helen Hoenig, Angel Collie

Represent all the members of our congregation and facilitate communication for all issues that might arise, but, most importantly, for issues that are not covered by one of the boards.

Personnel Committee
CHAIR: Melanie Joiner

Pastoral Relations Committee
MEMBERS: Melanie Joiner, Doug Zabor, Dennis Pagano, Sandy Polson, Midge Coward