Staff

Matthew Tennant

Matthew Tennant

Senior Minister

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, including 'Crossing the Lines We Draw' (Judson Press 2020). Matt, his wife Melanie, and their sons Dean and Eddy enjoy sailing, hiking, and many other activities. Follow him on Twitter @theologymatt or check out his blog https://god-is-here.org/.

Val Fisk

Val Fisk

Associate Minister for Students

Rev. Val Fisk holds a M.Div. with a concentration in Biblical Studies & Languages from Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University, Waco, TX), and a BA in Youth Ministry & Adolescent Studies from Judson University (Elgin, IL). She has received various academic awards including the Dr. Ruth Ann Foster Outstanding Graduate Award (Truett, 2018) and the Erickson Prize for Excellence in Biblical Studies (Judson, 2013). Val has also spent years pursuing training in the Enneagram of Personality as a tool for spiritual growth and development (she's an 8!). On a more personal note, Val enjoys spending time with her cat, Neville, and visiting Dollywood theme park, which is the actual happiest place on earth. She considers winning free queso for a year at Torchy's Tacos one of her greatest personal achievements.

Will Cooke

Will Cooke

Director of Music and Worship

Will Cooke has been a fixture in Charlottesville since 2007, and joined us at UBC in 2021 to lead our music programs. He is the Choral Director at Charlottesville High School (CHS) where he leads four choirs, in addition to Voces Laetae, a community youth choir he started at UBC in 2022! Born in Keysville, VA, Will grew up attending Ash Camp Baptist Church, and has led music programs in a variety of settings, including the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church. He went to college at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a degree in music education. Will and his husband David are both beloved educators in the community, and together they have been providing foster and respite care for seven years. In the summers, they can often be found at their favorite vacation spot at Ocracoke Island!

Barbara Taylor Moore

Barbara Taylor Moore

Organist

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.

Marcus Stanley

Marcus Stanley

Social Media Coordinator

As our Social Media Coordinator, Marcus is helping UBC to increase our online presence through the implementation of video content and an expanded outreach to people within and beyond our local community. In addition to his media and videography skills, Marcus is a talented pianist and speaker who has touched lives around the world through his music ministry. Born in Norfolk, he now lives in the Richmond area with his wife and four children.

Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill

Custodian

Thomas Hill, the longest serving member of our staff, has been our custodian since 1982. Thomas is well respected and is always helpful and generous. He and his wife Nellie have two sons and four grandchildren. Thomas’s favorite pastime is fishing.