Our Church Structure and Lay Leadership

The congregation of United Church of Chapel Hill is a community of people from diverse religious traditions and 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, the 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 and its ministry and programs remain vital and relevant to the congregation and the community we serve.

Your input and participation in this process is vital. There are many ways to participate and have a voice.  Elect new church leadership at the June Congregational Meeting and consider church stewardship at the October Congregational Meeting.  Or be a leader yourself and serve on a board or committee. You can also reach out to board or committee chairs to offer occasional help. Board service requires church membership, but anyone can serve on a committee.

The Church Council consists of the Officers, At-Large members, chairs of the 8 boards and the Senior Pastor. The Council is responsible for our church’s mission and ministry.  This body serves to give direction and provide coordination between various programs and ministries through the actions of Boards and Committees.  To learn more, review these pages and, if you have questions or comments, contact the church officers at churchcouncil@unitedchurch.org.


  • Council Organization and Board Responsibilities

    COUNCIL OFFICERS
    MODERATOR: Gaylen Brubaker
    ASSISTANT MODERATOR: Melanie Joiner
    CLERK: Karen Demby
    TREASURER: Derek Harrison

    JUSTICE, OUTREACH AND SERVICE
    Board of Justice, Outreach and Service
    CHAIR: Kirstin Frescoln
    Responsible for the 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)

    FAITH FORMATION
    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 Education 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.

    WORSHIP
    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.  

    EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME
    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.

    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.

    BUILDING AND OPERATIONS
    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.

  • Church and Council Documents

  • Committee Responsibilities

    Each committee reports to a board or directly to Council and rely on that reporting relationship for funding.  The responsibilities of these committees are outlined below.

    COUNCIL COMMITTEES
    Personnel Committee
    CHAIR: Melanie Joiner, Assistant Moderator, ex officio
    The Personnel Committee establishes, reviews, and, as necessary, proposes revisions of personnel policies to Council for approval.  The Committee is responsible for ensuring that all personnel policies are applied fairly and consistently. The Committee also has a role in personnel policy administration and provides input as needed on personnel-related matters.

    Pastoral Relations Committee
    CHAIR: Melanie Joiner, Assistant Moderator, ex officio
    MEMBERS: Melanie Joiner, Doug Zabor, Dennis Pagano, Sandy Polson, Midge Coward
    The Pastoral Relations Committee aims to support a healthy relationship between the congregation and the senior pastor and aims for accountability to both parties.  This includes working to set up and maintain clear processes for addressing issues of the congregation as they relate to the senior pastor as outlined in the PRC Charter.  The Charter and an FAQ can be found here

    BOARD OF JUSTICE OUTREACH AND SERVICE (BJOS)
    Racial Justice Ministries Committee
    Chair:  Ingrid Schmidt
    The RJM Committee works in collaboration with other church groups to identify and help implement ways UCCH can live more fully into its Racial, Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Covenant.  The 2015 Score Report serves as a resource in this work.

    United Earth Ministry Committee
    Chair: Alan Reed
    Formed to explore significant energy saving and renewable energy options for the church.

    Open and Affirming Committee
    Co-Chairs:  Angel Collie and Michelle Pooler
    The ONA Committee works to provide training and education, increase visibility and awareness, and cultivate a community of support for queer and trans-identified folks. 

    Peacemaking Scholarship Committee
    Chair: Jack Denniston
    The Peacemaking Scholarship was established to support high school students Chapel Hill or Carrboro in pursuit of projects in the following areas: non-violent conflict resolution; issues related to the global community; social justice; ecology; making a connection between population and peacemaking; and depolarization.  The committee oversees all processes related to fundraising, review of applications, and awards.

    DEACONS
    Visual Arts Committee
    Chair: Natalie Boorman
    Committee members conduct classes, provide church decorations for special events and holidays, and flower arrangements for the sanctuary on Sunday.  They have had art shows at the Alternative Market and donated proceeds from sales to the IFC.

    La Mesa Committee
    Co-Chairs: Ben Sallard and Nubia Bello
    The La Mesa Committee supports all the aspects of the La Mesa worship service including but not limited to music, materials (including translation), engaging and enabling volunteers, and providing oversight by making sure the tenets of La Mesa are being observed during the services.

    Music Committee
    Chair:  Doug Bruce
    The Music Committee supports the music staff and many volunteers in the church to provide a robust program of vocal and instrumental music for worship services.

  • Invitation for Congregational Input

    Invitations for Congregational Input

    The congregation is welcome to contact any member of church leadership, including members of committees, boards, or Church Council, to offer suggestions, ideas, or other forms of service which contribute to the work of the church’s leadership groups.  Specific topics and activities for which the leadership groups are requesting help are COMING SOON.


Our Church Structure and Lay Leadership

The congregation of United Church of Chapel Hill is a community of people from diverse religious traditions and 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, the 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 and its ministry and programs remain vital and relevant to the congregation and the community we serve.

Your input and participation in this process is vital. There are many ways to participate and have a voice.  Elect new church leadership at the June Congregational Meeting and consider church stewardship at the October Congregational Meeting.  Or be a leader yourself and serve on a board or committee. You can also reach out to board or committee chairs to offer occasional help. Board service requires church membership, but anyone can serve on a committee.

The Church Council consists of the Officers, At-Large members, chairs of the 8 boards and the Senior Pastor. The Council is responsible for our church’s mission and ministry.  This body serves to give direction and provide coordination between various programs and ministries through the actions of Boards and Committees.  To learn more, review these pages and, if you have questions or comments, contact the church officers at churchcouncil@unitedchurch.org.


  • Council Organization and Board Responsibilities

    COUNCIL OFFICERS
    MODERATOR: Gaylen Brubaker
    ASSISTANT MODERATOR: Melanie Joiner
    CLERK: Karen Demby
    TREASURER: Derek Harrison

    JUSTICE, OUTREACH AND SERVICE
    Board of Justice, Outreach and Service
    CHAIR: Kirstin Frescoln
    Responsible for the 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)

    FAITH FORMATION
    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 Education 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.

    WORSHIP
    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.  

    EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME
    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.

    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.

    BUILDING AND OPERATIONS
    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.

  • Church and Council Documents

  • Committee Responsibilities

    Each committee reports to a board or directly to Council and rely on that reporting relationship for funding.  The responsibilities of these committees are outlined below.

    COUNCIL COMMITTEES
    Personnel Committee
    CHAIR: Melanie Joiner, Assistant Moderator, ex officio
    The Personnel Committee establishes, reviews, and, as necessary, proposes revisions of personnel policies to Council for approval.  The Committee is responsible for ensuring that all personnel policies are applied fairly and consistently. The Committee also has a role in personnel policy administration and provides input as needed on personnel-related matters.

    Pastoral Relations Committee
    CHAIR: Melanie Joiner, Assistant Moderator, ex officio
    MEMBERS: Melanie Joiner, Doug Zabor, Dennis Pagano, Sandy Polson, Midge Coward
    The Pastoral Relations Committee aims to support a healthy relationship between the congregation and the senior pastor and aims for accountability to both parties.  This includes working to set up and maintain clear processes for addressing issues of the congregation as they relate to the senior pastor as outlined in the PRC Charter.  The Charter and an FAQ can be found here

    BOARD OF JUSTICE OUTREACH AND SERVICE (BJOS)
    Racial Justice Ministries Committee
    Chair:  Ingrid Schmidt
    The RJM Committee works in collaboration with other church groups to identify and help implement ways UCCH can live more fully into its Racial, Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Covenant.  The 2015 Score Report serves as a resource in this work.

    United Earth Ministry Committee
    Chair: Alan Reed
    Formed to explore significant energy saving and renewable energy options for the church.

    Open and Affirming Committee
    Co-Chairs:  Angel Collie and Michelle Pooler
    The ONA Committee works to provide training and education, increase visibility and awareness, and cultivate a community of support for queer and trans-identified folks. 

    Peacemaking Scholarship Committee
    Chair: Jack Denniston
    The Peacemaking Scholarship was established to support high school students Chapel Hill or Carrboro in pursuit of projects in the following areas: non-violent conflict resolution; issues related to the global community; social justice; ecology; making a connection between population and peacemaking; and depolarization.  The committee oversees all processes related to fundraising, review of applications, and awards.

    DEACONS
    Visual Arts Committee
    Chair: Natalie Boorman
    Committee members conduct classes, provide church decorations for special events and holidays, and flower arrangements for the sanctuary on Sunday.  They have had art shows at the Alternative Market and donated proceeds from sales to the IFC.

    La Mesa Committee
    Co-Chairs: Ben Sallard and Nubia Bello
    The La Mesa Committee supports all the aspects of the La Mesa worship service including but not limited to music, materials (including translation), engaging and enabling volunteers, and providing oversight by making sure the tenets of La Mesa are being observed during the services.

    Music Committee
    Chair:  Doug Bruce
    The Music Committee supports the music staff and many volunteers in the church to provide a robust program of vocal and instrumental music for worship services.

  • Invitation for Congregational Input

    Invitations for Congregational Input

    The congregation is welcome to contact any member of church leadership, including members of committees, boards, or Church Council, to offer suggestions, ideas, or other forms of service which contribute to the work of the church’s leadership groups.  Specific topics and activities for which the leadership groups are requesting help are COMING SOON.