Staff

Matt Tennant

Matt 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 and articles. Matt, his wife Melanie, and their teenage sons Dean and Eddy enjoy sailing, hiking, and many other activities.

Alba Beasley

Alba Beasley

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.

Will Brown

Will Brown

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, volunteering with 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, Seth, and Caleb.

Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Erin Brown received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UVA, before teaching in a local public school as an early childhood special education teacher. She is passionate about facilitating the participation of children in all aspects of the church's life, including service, intergenerational fellowship, and worship leadership. When not at UBC, Erin is happily taking care of Luke, Seth, and Caleb.

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.

Pheobe Brown

Pheobe Brown

Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager

In addition to overseeing the administrative functions of our church office, Pheobe coordinates and trains volunteers for administrative and other tasks. Before moving to Charlottesville two years ago, Pheobe worked for several organizations that gave her a wealth of experience in administration and coordinating volunteers. These organizations included Volunteer Fairfax, Habitat for Humanity, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Arlington Interfaith Coalition. Since she and her husband moved to Charlottesville, Pheobe’s time has been devoted to raising their two young daughters. Pheobe graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in International & Comparative Politics and Spanish. She also received a Masters from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies and Development with her thesis being on volunteerism.

Marcus Stanley

Marcus Stanley

Social Media Coordinator

As our new 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 two children.

Kim Kelley-Wagner

Kim Kelley-Wagner

Graphics Coordinator

With a background in graphic design, photography, and fine arts, Kim brings a wide range of skills to her new role at UBC. She has creative experience in both print and digital media, including advertisement design, illustration, website content creation, and marketing campaigns. Past clients include Miller School, GE, Millipore, Corning, and Colonial Williamsburg. At UBC, she will be helping on a variety of projects, including sign creation, publications, visual banners, and our website.

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 cooperative. He and his wife Nellie have two sons and four grandchildren. Thomas’s favorite pastime is fishing.