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

Please make an appointment with Pastor Cameron on Mondays or on Wednesday afternoons by signing up for office hours on his door. If you can’t find a time that works for you, please send him an email to work out an alternative.

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

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

Mary Elizabeth Hanchey
Parish Associate

Mary Elizabeth graduated from law school at UNC, she represented appellate clients on North Carolina’s death row. Now an ordained minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Rev. Hanchey has served congregations throughout the Triangle. She was trained as a chaplain at Duke University Hospital. Most recently, she has served in a variety of pastoral and programmatic roles in a parish of similar size to ours, Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham. She is well-known in clergy circles throughout our state for her commitments to social justice and her organizing work with the North Carolina Council of Churches.

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

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


Robert Brewer

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

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

Louise Turrentine
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

Sandra Hernandez
Claudia I. Galvez
Nubia Rivero Bello
Kitchen Steward
Laura Bautista
Kitchen Steward
Hser Nay Htoo
Kitchen Steward


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