Below are the talented women and men on staff here at University Baptist Church.
You can contact each staff member individually by using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Dr. Matthew Tennant has degrees from Carson-Newman College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and University of Oxford. Matt worked in the world of finance before being called into ministry. Most recently he served as the Senior Pastor of Kilmarnock Baptist Church in Kilmarnock, VA, for 8 years. He has written several books and articles. Matt, his wife Melanie, and their teenage sons Dean and Eddy enjoy sailing, hiking, and many other activities.
Associate Minister for Music and Worship
Alba Beasley, our Associate Minister for Music and Worship, graduated from the University of Montevallo in December of 1977, having earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree. In 1982 he received the Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Before coming to UBC, Alba served in churches in Texas, Alabama, and Virginia.
Alba’s wife, Pamela, teaches on the Performance Faculties at the University of Virginia and at James Madison University. The Beasleys’ two children, Benjamin and Lydia, are graduates of Shenandoah University. Lydia is pursuing a career in music. After completing law school, Ben is now practicing law in Baltimore.
Associate Minister for Community
Will Brown, UBC’s Associate Minister for Community, focuses on strengthening our congregation’s fellowship internally and deepening our engagement externally. In addition to helping church members find avenues for service and community within the congregation, Will is always eager to make connections with partner organizations in Charlottesville.
Originally from Gretna, Virginia, Will came to Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia, where he received a degree in Religious Studies and Music. While at UVA, he was involved in the Baptist Student Union and Jubilate, where he met his wife Erin, who was also involved with University Baptist Church. After a short time working in the office at UBC, Will attended Yale Divinity School and earned his Master of Divinity degree. Erin and Will also lived for a year in Nazareth, Israel, as Venturers through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, serving a small Arab Christian seminary. After returning to the States, Will completed a hospital chaplaincy internship and residency at UVA Medical Center, before serving as UBC’s Ministry Resident for two years.
Erin and Will are the proud parents of Luke and Seth.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Sarah Wilson is a graduate of UVA, with master’s degrees in Education and Counseling and has worked with youth as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Sarah also has experience working in Christian summer camps and campus ministry.
Sarah and her husband, Brent, are active members of UBC and are the parents of Zoe and Liam.
Barbara Taylor Moore
Barbara Taylor Moore has served as Organist and Principal Accompanist since 1987. She holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music (piano and organ) from Mary Washington College, the Master of Music in Performance (organ) from Baylor University and has done postgraduate work at The University of Kansas and the Summer Organ Institute in Zwolle, The Netherlands. She is active as a private teacher of piano and organ and on the keyboard faculty of UVa. Barbara is a member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Charlottesville Music Teachers’ Association and she is a volunteer firefighter with the Charlottesville Fire Co. Her husband, Jim, is also an active member of UBC.
Sue Walton has served as our Office Manager and Financial Secretary since 1984. She is a life-long resident of western Albemarle Co. and lives in beautiful Sugar Hollow. Her favorite pastimes are walking, hiking, reading and sewing. Sue is a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church in White Hall and says she loves having two church families.
Thomas Hill, the longest serving member of our staff, has been our custodian since 1982. Thomas is well respected and is always helpful and cooperative. He and his wife Nellie have two sons and four grandchildren. Thomas’s favorite pastime is fishing.
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