Pastors & Program Staff

Cameron Barr
Senior Pastor

A North Carolina native, Cameron is a graduate of Davidson College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. Before joining United Church in March 2018, he served as a pastor for six years in Iowa. He was an Associate Minister of Plymouth Church in Des Moines and pastor of a congregation in Grinnell. He lives in Chapel Hill with his husband, Jackson Den Herder, an architect, and a French Bulldog named Gus Gus.

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 108
Direct Line: 919-338-7917

David Mateo
Associate Pastor

David graduated from the PLD (Pastoral Leadership Program) program of the UCC, and received his Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary; Lancaster, PA.

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 101
Direct Line: 919-338-7912

Mary Elizabeth Hanchey
Associate Pastor

Mary Elizabeth Hill Hanchey grew up in NC, the child of Baptist pastors, living in communities across the state. She has degrees from UNC (BA, JD) and Duke (MDiv), and earned one unit of CPE at Duke. Ordained at Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, she has served congregations throughout the triangle. Mary Elizabeth is known for her writing, preaching, teaching about religious liberty, teaching about grief (especially fertility grief), and her commitments to social justice. She lives in Durham with her husband and three children, and a rescue dog that turns out not to be a lab.

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 106
Direct Line: 919-338-7919

Anitra Grove
Interim Director of Family Ministry for Youth and Children

A North Carolina native, Anitra earned a B.S. degree in Child Development from Meredith College and has more than 25 years experience nurturing children and families in our community. She has been a member of our congregation for more than 10 years and has spent a bulk of that time supporting the work of children and family ministry. Anitra believes deeply in offering a safe space for children, youth, and families to discover and expand upon their faith journey while offering deep respect and love to all of God’s children. Anitra and her husband, Neil, enjoying spending time with their two children and their dog in Hillsborough, NC.


Phone: 919-942-3540

Alan Davis

Alan is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Early in his career, he was tutored by Marie-Claire Alain, a distinguished scholar and teacher of the organ in Paris. Alan has a long resume of organ and other musical leadership crossing multiple denominational traditions. For nine years he served as Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and for more than a decade he served Roman Catholic parishes in the Charleston area. Since returning to his childhood home in Louisburg, Alan has served several congregations in Raleigh, including White Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, an African American parish.


Phone: 919-942-3540

Jenny Anderson
Director of Music

Jenny received a BA and MAT in Music from Rollins College in Florida. In the 1990’s she lived in England, where she directed choirs, taught primary school music and maintained a large voice studio. She moved to Chapel Hill in 2000 and began directing the Chancel Choir at United Church in 2001, while teaching elementary and middle school music as her day job. In 2011 she became the United Church Director of Music, directing the Children’s, Youth and Chancel Choirs and coordinating a diverse and rich music program.

Phone:919-942-3540, ext. 105
Direct Line: 919-338-1718

Support Staff

Marisa Mee
Communications Manager

Direct Line: 919-338-7915

Kati Ruark
Church Administrator

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 104
Direct Line: 919-338-7921

Duane Gilbert
Business Manager

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 103
Direct Line: 919-338-7920

Bruce Thomas
Nubia Rivero Bello
Kitchen Steward
Laura Bautista
Kitchen Steward
Hser Nay Htoo
Kitchen Steward


Alison Robertson
Nursery Director
Mueh Pay
Nursery Assistant

United Church Preschool

Mary Glish
Director, United Church Preschool

UCP is a half-day preschool program that services the United Church community.

Phone: 919-338-7916