Introducing our new Senior Minister, Dr. Matthew Tennant!

Dr Matthew TennantOn Sunday, June 4, the congregation voted unanimously to call Dr. Matthew Tennant as the next Senior Minister of University Baptist Church.  Matt’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be July 30, 2017.

Dr. Tennant is currently the Senior Pastor at Kilmarnock Baptist Church in Kilmarnock, VA, where he has served for the past 8 years.  He 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.  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.


Tennant Family


The Senior Minister Search Committee would like to thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement during the search process.  This was a time-intensive adventure, and we are excited about the outcome!  We are looking forward to the Tennant family joining UBC on our journey.

The Sr. Minister Search Committee would like to thank the members of the congregation for your questions and advice, your words of encouragement, and your prayers during the search and call process.  This was a time-intensive adventure, and we are excited about the outcome!  Please continue to pray for our church as we look forward to the Tennant family joining UBC on our journey.


Senior Minister Search Committee
Brad Groff, Chair
Raynell Stokes, Vice Chair
Debra Bryant
Alan Hendricks
Debby Johnson
Jim Martindale
Laura Morris
Amanda Ohlms



Sign Up for VBS!

Vacation Bible School is coming up on June 19-23, 9am-noon each day.

Volunteers are still needed to:

  • Serve as crew leaders and assistant crew leaders (help children rotate through the stations)
  • Help with lunch and camp
  • Donate cookies/snacks.

Contact Erin Brown if you can help.

Information and online registration are available:

Senior Minister Search Committee Announcement

As announced during the May 21 Worship Service, the Senior Minister Search Committee, after a thorough search, is ready to unanimously recommend a candidate to be the next Senior Minister at UBC. The motion from the Search Committee will be voted on at a Called Church Conference following worship on Sunday, June 4.

We are very pleased and confident in presenting this outstanding candidate! We look forward to this new chapter at UBC with great anticipation.

Saturday, June 3, 5:00 pm — Dinner meeting for the congregation to meet the candidate and his family and have a period of questions and answers.

Sunday, June 4, 10:00-10:30 am — Time of fellowship with the candidate

Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am — Candidate to preach in Morning Worship Service



Summer Choir!

Calling all singers! Summer Choir begins weekly rehearsals on May 24 at 7pm, and anyone is welcome to come and participate. The program will take place on July 9. Talk to Alba Beasley if you are interested in singing with us!

Food for Venable Elementary Students

Each Wednesday night our Children’s Mission Program will be assembling 12 bags of healthy, non-perishable food to go in weekend backpacks for children at Venable Elementary School.  This backpack program at Venable provides meals and snacks  for the weekend for families who are currently unable to provide meals for the family.  All Souls Church is partnering with UBC to collect food for these weekend bags.  You can help by donating packages of 12 or more of the following foods:

  • Oatmeal, Grits, Cream of wheat, Individual cereal, Breakfast bars
  • Soup, Chili, Instant noodles, Peanut butter/cheese crackers
  • Mac & cheese, Canned chicken, Canned Ravioli, Canned Beefaroni, Canned Spaghetti, Canned Beans
  • Protein bars, Fruit cups, Raisins, Popcorn, Pudding, Pretzels
  • Shelf-stable milk boxes, Juice boxes

Look for collection boxes on the stage in the fellowship hall, and in the first floor lobby.

Paying for College – Free Workshop!

On Sunday, May 21 (6:45-8pm), come hear from Scott Miller, Director of Financial Aid at UVA, about how to pay for college. This event is free and open to the public. It’s ideal for parents/grandparents of youth applying to college or kids still several years away–it helps to start early! More details here.

Church-Wide Cookout

For our final Wednesday evening of the semester, May 24, we’re having a cookout in our front lot, 5-7pm. Free and open to all!

UBC Variety Show

Wednesday, May 17, 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall

Fun! Entertaining! Hilarious! Not to be missed! Memorable! Full of surprises!

In addition to a variety of performances, we will also have pies and cakes to raffle off. Contact Larry Johnson or Laura Morris if you’d like to share some variety or to bake a pie or cake!

A Quiet Place to Study

UVA Students: with exams upon us, UBC is opening our building as a quiet place to study, May 3-11, 1pm-11pm each day. Free wi-fi, snacks, coffee and drinks provided. UBC folks, sign up now to volunteer during these study times.

“Reel Spirituality” – Wednesday Series

Facilitator:  Wellford Tiller

April 26 — Chariots of Fire (1982)

May 3 — The Mission (1986)

May 10 — Les Miserables (2012)

Movies entertain us.  But they can also make us think and feel.  A film does not have to be specifically ‘Christian’ to help us ‘think Christianly’ about our world.  On these three Wednesday evenings, we will look at clips from the movies listed and discuss the issues they raise for us as people of faith.  While it is not necessary, you may wish to watch the entire film in advance of each discussion.

All are invited to join us, Wednesdays at 6:15pm.


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