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

Susan Steinberg
Associate Pastor

Susan received her M. Div. Degree from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Steve Farmer, have two children, Henry Farmer and Anna Farmer.

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

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

Program Staff

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

Ian McPherson
Minister for Youth & Young Adult Initiatives

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

Music Ministry Staff

Robert Brewer
Associate Director of Music/ Organist

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

Office Staff

Rinnie Orr
Director of Hospitality Ministries

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

Duane Gilbert
Business Manager

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

Claudia Galvez
Director of Communications and Marketing

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

Support Staff (Not pictured)

Mary Glish, United Church Preschool Director

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

Alison Robertson, Nursery Director

Claudia Galvez & Sandra Hernandez, Custodians

Mirna Rodriguez & Ana Martinez, Kitchen Hostess