Jackie Lockwood

Lockwood_DSC0350I was born and raised in a Christian home — that is where my story begins but that is only the beginning.  I have been blessed in so many ways:  Christian parents, sisters who love me, two grown children and five grandchildren.  I have had my difficulties and disappointments in life:  divorce, disease, depression, and the death of loved ones.

Through the ups and downs of life I have always known to seek God; I have done this better at some times than at others.  But, a verse in the New Testament, James 4:17, especially speaks to me:  “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (NIV)  This has meaning to me because I have not always done the good that I know I ought to do; I have veered off the straight and narrow path more times than I care to remember.

Thanks to many prayers and reminders that I am a child of God, I have made it through some rough times in life.  I know that God has been and will continue to be there for me.  One of my favorite scripture passages from the Old Testament is Psalms 121:1-2, “I lift my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” (NIV)  I know God loves me and sent Jesus to suffer for my sins by dying on the cross.

Jesus wiped the slate clean for me once and for all; He came to show me how to live and how to treat others.  I know that no matter what happens in my life I have a faith that will stand up to time and to evil.  I know that I will spend eternity with the LORD.

Peter Ohlms

Ohlms FamilyUntil starting college at UVA in 2000, I lived in Nokesville, Virginia, a rural crossroads near Manassas. By the late 1990s, the church I grew up attending was embarking on a quest to seek megachurch status by purchasing the adjacent middle school (it did so and is still struggling with the debt) and by seeking louder and more contemporary forms of worship. This experience strongly influenced me when I began searching for a church in Charlottesville – I wanted no part of either trend.

I did manage to stick with the Baptist tradition, becoming involved in the Baptist Student Union, where I met my wife Amanda, and benefiting greatly from the student luncheons at various Baptist churches, including UBC, that were common at the time. I joined Jubilate my second year at UVA and became a UBC member my fourth year. I have family ties to UBC. Although my mother did not grow up here, she was born in Charlottesville. Her family lived here for about five years and attended University Baptist Church.

I am a “bus geek,” and a major part of my identity while in college was driving buses for UTS. My fourth year, I was a student supervisor and would occasionally show up to Jubilate rehearsals holding a handheld radio. Nowadays, I still get behind the wheel every couple weeks as time permits.

In 2004, I graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and that summer, Amanda and I were married at UBC. Fun fact: While I am an only child, she is one of ten. After the wedding, we moved to Chapel Hill so that I could pursue a graduate degree in city and regional planning from UNC, which I received in 2006. We then spent two years in Greensboro, where I worked as a transportation planner and Amanda completed a master’s degree in counseling. Although we had never felt entirely included in the Chapel Hill church we attended, our Greensboro church quickly became home, and we still miss it.

Due to Amanda’s close family ties and my desires to drive buses again (I only got to do so once while in NC, plus a brief seasonal stint driving a rattletrap holiday parking-shuttle “trolley” at an open-air shopping center), the plan was to return to Charlottesville somehow. As the economy was declining in fall 2008, Amanda and I were lucky enough to both find jobs. Hers came first, allowing us to make plans to move back. I later signed on at JAUNT as its first Mobility Manager, a position focused on coordinating transportation for people with disabilities and the transportation needs of human-service agencies. In 2012, I began working at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research. Formerly called the Virginia Transportation Research Council, it is VDOT’s research division, and I am now its token “multimodal” researcher (meaning I get to focus on transit, bicycle, and pedestrian topics).

Amanda and I have two adorable sons. We recently bought an old house in Belmont and are spending all of our free time (although really, who has free time with two kids under age 4?) fixing things and scheming about how to get things fixed.

Larry Johnson

Larry JohnsonI was born on Wednesday, December 20th, 1950 and my birth was announced that night at a Wednesday night service at University Baptist Church. My grandfather, Hugh Sadler, was a founding member of the church, so my heritage at UBC goes back to the very beginning.  I joined the church at age 10.  Lifelong membership of any organization is a special relationship, and mine with this church is most precious to me.

I attended UBC all of my formative years, singing in all the graded choirs (with my dad as my director for much of my teen years), participating in Sunday school, training union sword drills, VBS, and church-wide events like picnics at Greenwood Community Center, and Sweetheart Banquets (now variety shows).  I went to Eagle Eyrie music camp every year from ages 9 to 17, getting in mischief occasionally as UBC youth were known to do.  Since my mom was often the chaperone, this was not a pleasant experience the times I got caught.

I went away to college and was active in the Raleigh Wesley Foundation instead of the BSU at N.C. State.  I found a connection with the people there and some friendships remain to this day.  I taught high school math for three years in Walhalla, S.C., and was active in two different churches while there.  I actually sang in the choir the very first time I attended church in Walhalla as my landlord was a member of the choir and pushed me into a spot without any rehearsal.  It was the beginning of my continuing to sing at every church I ever attended. When I changed churches about nine months later, I became a part of a quartet almost immediately, and one member of that quartet is still one of my best friends.

I met my wife, Debby, on the side- (some would say the main-) steps of the church.  I had returned in the summer of 1976 for summer choir and greeted her with a “Hi!” as she came up the steps.  The rest of that story continues to unfold.  Let’s just say I never returned to Walhalla and she and I have been members together since 1977.  Our three children, Courtney, Jeremy, and Kelly were all born in the same hospital, Martha Jefferson, which I was and all were baptized at UBC.  Much of my family’s lives revolved and still revolves around the activities here.

It is easy to take for granted something that has been a part of your entire life, but University Baptist Church and the people who make it up are a treasure to me.  This is a special place and I thank God for my heritage which brought me here in the beginning and His grace which sustains me and keeps me here now.

Terry Turner

Terry TurnerTerry T. Turner is a retired Professor of Urology and Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Now Professor Emeritus, he spends his available time writing fiction and nonfiction for general audiences.

Terry was born in Moultrie, Georgia in 1945.  He grew up on a farm in the southern part of the state and at the age of 12 became a member of Temple Baptist Church in his home community.   In high school, his only claim to fame was  being an All-State singer.  In college (University of Georgia), that claim was in his marrying Susan Stegall, his high school and college sweetheart.  Upon graduation from college Terry became an Infantry officer in  the United States Army.   He served in Vietnam as a counterinsurgency advisor then returned to the University for graduate school with a research focus on the physiology of reproduction.  He received his Ph. D. in 1974 then became a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he took further training in reproductive biology and contraceptive development.   By this time, the Turner family had expanded to include daughter, Heather, and son, Patrick, who brought on the delights and challenges of parenthood.  The former, Terry is glad to say, have always exceeded the latter.

In 1976, Terry became a member of the Department of Urology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Later, he also became a member of the Department of Cell Biology and eventually became a full professor in both departments.   Terry’s career at the University was as a scientist studying the basic biology and pathology of the male reproductive system, as a teacher to medical students, and as a science mentor to Urology residents and Cell Biology graduate students.   He is a former President of the American Society of Andrology and he continues to participate in some aspects of international science in the area of male fertility and infertility.

Because he was writing scientific research articles and other publications under his own name Terry chose a pen name, David Donovan, under which he would write books that were not about science (see www.ddonovanbooks.com).  Donovan’s first book, Once a Warrior King, was about his experiences in Vietnam.  His second book, Murphy Station, was about growing up in the rural South during the era of the cold war and racial integration.  He is currently working on a third book that reflects upon the lessons of counterinsurgency learned in Vietnam and how they apply to this last decade’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Other ideas, fiction and nonfiction, are perculating.

Both Turner children graduated from the University of Virginia, Heather  in the Class of ’90 and Patrick in the Class of ’95.  Heather is a nurse here in Charlottesville and Patrick is a teacher in Atlanta.  Susan retired from the Albemarle County School System in 2004.  In 2006, Terry and Susan moved their memberships from another Baptist church in the community to University Baptist.  They joined the Seekers Sunday school class where Terry now serves as the substitute teacher.

Terry loves to read, to garden, to be in the great outdoors, and to travel to interesting places.  He says he likes to accomplish something each new day so that he wastes neither God’s time nor his.

Elsom Johnson

Elsom JohnsonHaving grown up in First Baptist Charlottesville where I attended Sunday school, training union and worship services, I was baptized around 11 years of age by Dr. Henry Alford Porter.  As a young man, I served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.  My grandmother McCauley encouraged me to read my Bible and attend chapel services while on duty.  Returning home after the war, I served as a teacher in the Junior Sunday school department.

Dr. Allen W. Graves suggested we start a junior board of deacons where I served many years before being elected to the senior board. While serving on the Mission Committee we decided a mission church was needed in the Jefferson Park area of Charlottesville.  I became part of the group that founded Jefferson Park Baptist, serving as Chairman of the Building Committee, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and R.A. leader.  After forty-eight years as a deacon at Jefferson Park, I was honored to be selected as a Deacon Emeritus.

After moving my church membership to University Baptist, I was chosen to serve as deacon. Since being at UBC, I have been active in Sunday school, mission projects, worship and the Wednesday morning “work team”.   I am currently serving on the Circle of Caring Hospital Visitation team.  In my spare time, I make many visits to residents of the Healthcare Center at the Colonnades.