A Word from Us…

Below you will find thoughts, updates, and articles from our staff.

Leadership Transition Update

UBC LTT logoAt the Called Church Conference on March 6, the church approved the LTT and Church Council’s recommendation to hire an Interim Minister and to begin forming the Senior Minister Search Committee.  Since then, the LTT has been working diligently with our denominational associations and ministry connections, including Baptist General Association of Virginia, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and Center for Healthy Churches, to find suitable candidates for the Interim Minister position.  The LTT, with input and involvement from our ministers, staff, and the Personnel Committee, are currently evaluating these candidates.

The LTT is optimistic that we will be able to make an Interim Minister recommendation to Church Council, the Deacons, and the Personnel Committee by April 3.  With that in mind, we have asked that another Called Church Conference be planned for Wednesday, April 13, in anticipation of being able to present this recommendation to the congregation.  With church approval, it is our goal that an  Interim Minister will be hired during April.  In short, we are trying to move as   efficiently and effectively as possible!

The team recognizes that this is a crucial and important stage in the life of UBC, and we are making plans prayerfully.  As always, we welcome and invite any and all questions or comments.  Please let us know your thoughts and considerations.  We are excited about the opportunities that God is presenting to UBC!

Brent Wilson

LTT Chair


Heartfelt Thanks


Jubilate, Barbara Moore, Anne Keith, Robby Gough, Pam Beasley, and I want to say a very special Thank You to University Baptist Church for your support of Jubilate for 43 years, and especially this year as we worked toward our tour to Memphis and St. Louis.  We desire to always be honoring Jesus through our music, and this year we hope that our music would be comfort to children and families at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

I am so very proud of this group, their sound and their interaction with each other and with those who came to hear us sing.

I cannot thank you enough for your vision and continued support of Jubilate.  I pray that this very worthwhile ministry to college students will continue for a long time!!



Holy Week Worship Services

Please join us for worship during Holy Week!

PalmFrondPalm Sunday Service           

Sunday, March 20, 11:00 am
Sermon – Rev. Jack Averill



CommunionCup_Bread140x160Holy Week Service                 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:15 in Fellowship Hall
Sermon: “With Jesus in the Upper Room” – Rev. Jack Averill




Good Friday Service                

Friday, March 25, 12:00 noon
Sermon:  “Torn in Two from Top to Bottom” – Rev. Jack Averill



EasterSundayGraphic140x160Easter Sunday Service           

Sunday, March 27, 11:00 am
Sermon: “The Guest” – Rev. Jack Averill



Parking Easter Sunday

Please park in the 14th Street Parking Garage or at Stacey Hall if you are able to walk those distances. Remember that the front parking lot at the church is reserved for visitors, those with walking difficulties and parents with small children.

Join us for Evening Worship Service

SundayNightService190x170SUNDAY, MARCH 13   |   5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Will Brown will be leading the evening service as part of the worship component in his Residency Program.  This informal service will have a focus on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Come, learn some new songs!   Sing and pray together for justice and for peace for all those who thirst in the wilderness.
Everyone is welcome!

Leadership Transition Team Update

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The LTT has drafted the following recommendations to help manage the leadership transition period for University Baptist Church.  These items have been approved by Church Council and will be presented to the congregation for their approval during a Called Church Conference on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm:

  1. Call an Interim Pastor to serve an average of 30 hours per week to provide a balanced ministry of worship, fellowship, pastoral care, organizational leadership, and transition management to support the work being done by our staff and congregation. The interim candidate should be trained and experienced in leading congregational conversations and self-reflection to help the church emerge from this transition with a clearer sense of God’s purpose for UBC.  Such a person would be able to coach and guide our church through the appropriate steps of a healthy transition and search process to prepare for calling the next Senior Pastor.UBC would provide a base salary without benefits for the Interim Pastor at a rate that is commensurate with a Senior Pastor’s salary.  The LTT, on behalf of UBC, would develop a task-specific, needs-focused covenant with the Interim Pastor that would include regular reviews via the Personnel Committee at three-month intervals for the duration of the interim pastorate, which shall last until UBC calls a Senior Pastor.  The Interim Pastor and UBC would each agree to provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to ending the covenant.The Interim Pastor will not be eligible for the Senior Pastor position.
  1. Ask the Personnel Committee to begin the process of forming a Senior Pastor Search Committee. Although the church is not ready to start the search process yet, it takes some time for a search committee to be formed and to be properly oriented in its task.  These preliminary steps can take place while the LTT continues its work.  When UBC is ready to begin the search process, there will not be any delays.

The LTT’s ideal timeline would see an Interim Pastor candidate selected (pending church approval) during April, a Senior Pastor Search Committee approved at the May Church Conference, and the search process for a new Senior Pastor initiated by late August.

Please contact any member of the LTT to share your comments or questions.  Thank you, and God bless!

Brent Wilson, LTT Chair

Contact the Church Office if you want a copy of the proposed Interim Pastor Responsibilities.




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