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

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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

Anitra Grove
Director for Children’s Ministry

A Southeastern North Carolina native, Anitra graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Child Development and has enjoyed more than 20 years of working in the early childhood field. Anitra finds much joy in sharing this place of belonging with the children and families of United Church of Chapel Hill and in providing a safe, loving, and nurturing place for faith formation. Anitra, Neil, their two children, Anna, and John, and dog, Sadie, enjoy life in Hillsborough, NC.

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


Ian McPherson
Associate Pastor

A North Carolina native, Ian is a graduate of Campbell University, Saint Louis University, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He is a passionate advocate for youth leadership both in the church and in Christianity’s moral witness to the world. His ministry puts faith and civic formation in conversation to amplify the theo-ethical wisdom of young people. He and his partner, Erika, live in Raleigh with their “designer mutt,” Lady Grantham.

Phone:919-942-3540, ext. 102
Direct line: 919-338-7913

Robert Brewer
Associate Director of Music/ Organist

Bob has spent his entire career working in the churches, synagogues and universities. In 1992 he earned a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He enjoys working with volunteers as well as professional musicians, learning from each one new ways to learn as well as teach music. He lives in Chapel Hill with his husband, Dr. Joseph Causby, Organist/Choirmaster at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church and their three animals.

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

Rinnie Orr
Director of Hospitality Ministries

Rinnie Orr received a Masters of Religious Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2002, and moved to North Carolina soon after. She was the Office and Communication Manager at United Church for twelve years, before transitioning to Director of Hospitality Ministries. In addition to her work, Rinnie is passionate about art and yoga, and is an avid board game player.

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 100
Direct Line: 919-338-7922

Gillian Fields
Youth Choir Assistant

Gillian E. Fields is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. Gillian earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in voice performance from Meredith College located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gillian attended The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and earned a Masters of Music degree with a concentration in voice performance. Gillian is excited to become a part of the Music Ministry at United Church of Chapel Hill and to share God’s gift that she has been blessed to receive.

Phone: 919-942-3540

Support Staff

Claudia Galvez
Director of Communications and Marketing

Phone: 919-942-3540, ext. 110
Direct Line: 919-338-7915

Duane Gilbert
Business Manager

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

Sandra Hernandez
Claudia I. Galvez
Mirna Rodriguez
Kitchen Hostess
Ana Martinez
Kitchen Hostess


Alison Robertson
Nursery Director

Phone: 919-942-3540

Lori Lay
Assistant Nursery Director
Mo Mo Than
Nursery Assistant
Mueh Pay
Nursery Assistant
Gabriela Hernandez
Nursery Assistant
Mo Mo San
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