About Us

Next Service

“ . . . dance while you can”

Sunday, December 6, 2020

11:15 a.m. via Live Stream

Service Leaders

Jay Leach, minister; the UUCC House Band and John Herrick, musicians
Kathryn, Jake and Ally Whitfield
with a special reflection by dance instructor and UUCC member Yasmiin Tarlton

UUCC Staff

You are welcome to contact our staff by phone. To get answers to general questions, please call our office at 704-366-8623 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or use our contact form.

Jessica Borgnis
Collaborative Pianist

Jessica is a pianist, singer, songwriter, music director and teacher who studied music performance and composition at Welch College in Nashville, TN, before earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Queens University of Charlotte. Jessica has performed extensively as an accompanist, jazz pianist/vocalist, band member and solo musician throughout the Southeast and has appeared on Life in the Carolinas as a featured songwriter. Her most recent work was at Children’s Theater of Charlotte as music director for the original world premiere of Invisible Boy in the fall of 2019. Jessica also maintains a busy studio where she teaches private piano and voice to people of all ages. When she is not busy performing and teaching, she enjoys time with her family, hiking and camping in the North Carolina mountains.

Kathleen Carpenter
Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
704-366-8623 ext. 6034
kathleen@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Kathleen with questions about:

  • Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
  • Denominational Connections

As Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, Kathleen works closely with the CYRE Team to run a program of faith development for about 200 children and youth. Her responsibilities include curriculum development and approval, recruitment of and support for over 200 volunteers, management of a youth program with multiple components and oversight of all administrative functions involved in running the program.  She works closely with the team to develop program goals and the strategies to achieve those goals.

Kathleen grew up the daughter of a career Army officer, living around the U.S. and in South Korea. She graduated from Furman University and completed coursework toward a Masters in Public Administration from the College of Charleston. Kathleen was credentialed as a Credentialed Religious Educator by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2005 and has served in numerous leadership positions professionally.

Kelly Greene
Membership Coordinator
704-366-8623 ext. 6039
kelly@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Kelly with questions about:

  • UUCC membership
  • Ways to get involved
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Stewardship

As Membership Coordinator, Kelly works with the Membership Team to help visitors feel welcomed and learn more about our congregation. She helps to guide prospective members through the joining process and assists current members in finding ways to use their talents and skills to make positive contributions to our congregation. Kelly also supports the Stewardship Team by communicating with members about the pledge process.

John Herrick
Director of Music
704-366-8623 ext. 6037
john@uuccharlotte.org

Contact John with questions about:

  • Music
  • Stewardship
  • Worship

John Herrick, our Director of Music, oversees all aspects of the music program, including staff management and selection of music and musicians for Sunday services and special musical events. He is responsible for the program’s vitality and growth and continuing relevance in our active UU faith community.

John has degrees from West Chester and Temple Universities in Pennsylvania, with additional studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He was credentialed as a music leader by the Unitarian Universalist Association in the spring of 2011 and served as Board Treasurer for the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network from 2009 to 2010. In addition to his work at the UUCC, John is a collaborative pianist and piano teacher at the Charlotte Latin School. When not immersed in music, he can be found hiking, biking, gardening or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Alesia Hutto
Director of Administration
704-366-8623 ext. 6030
alesia@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Alesia with questions about:

  • UUCC Building and Grounds
  • Congregational finances
  • Security issues
  • Open Door School

Alesia is our lead administrator and directs our administrative function. She serves as staff liaison to the Building and Grounds, Finance and Security Teams, to the Open Door School Managing Team and to the Board of the Memorial Endowment Trust. She is a member of the Coordinating Team.

Alesia is from Augusta, Georgia, and holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Augusta State University and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College. Alesia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Jay Leach
Minister
704-366-8623 ext. 6032
jay@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Jay with questions about:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Coordinating Team
  • Intersectional Justice
  • Worship

Rev. Jay Leach’s biographical information and audio podcasts of his sermons are available elsewhere on this website.

Belinda Parry
Office Administrator
704-366-8623 ext. 6033
belinda@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Belinda with questions about:

  • All general questions
  • Facility usage
  • Communications (including our Currents and Soundings newsletters and service/sermon recordings)

Belinda provides administrative support, including editing our Currents newsletter, prepares the weekly order of service, coordinates facility use, works on financial matters, and serves as receptionist for the church. She also is the staff liaison to our Communications Team.

Belinda lives in Mint Hill with her family. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UNC-Charlotte. She also serves as bookkeeper for the Open Door School, our affiliated preschool.

Eve Stevens
Minister
704-366-8623 ext. 6040
eve@uuccharlotte.org

Contact Eve with questions about:

  • Community Building
  • Family Ministry
  • Worship

Eve grew up near Clemson, South Carolina, attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She attended Hamilton College in upstate New York where she majored in History. While there she had the opportunity to study abroad in Uganda and Rwanda: “My classmates and I worked with returning child soldiers in Uganda and researched the process by which communities welcomed these children home and attempted to begin life again. In Rwanda we lived with families who had been affected by the genocide in 1994. Again, we observed how people were coming together to reconcile feelings of anger, loss, and a complicated need to forgive. I came home amazed at the human capacity for cruelty, but also our capacity for compassion and resilience. I also came home more sure than ever that I wanted to spend my time in Unitarian Universalist communities doing ministry in the company of people who never stop trying to build a more kind and fair world.”

Eve wanted to experience ministry at a large congregation and was able to intern at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA. She then became minister of the UU Church of Utica, NY. Because of the very positive experience in Fairfax, Eve was interested in returning to a large congregation and so pursued the opportunity here at UUCC when it presented itself. She joined our professional staff on May 1, 2018.