Welcome to the Western North Carolina Association

One of three Associations of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, WNCA comprises 78 churches in four program districts. Professional staff, working with specialized commissions and committees, strengthen the spiritual and community life of individuals and congregations across the Association.

WNCA STAFF & MINISTRY SPECIALISTS

WNCA participates in the Conceptual Staffing Model adopted by the Southern Conference in 2012, which identifies positions and individuals who focus on specific areas of the Association’s ministry.

Jerry Rhyne The Rev. Jerry Rhyne
Minister for Church Affairs
A pastor to churches and their pastors, the Minister for Church Affairs works to build relationships of trust between local churches, the association, and the conference.
Office   704-633-3191
Home  704-721-4017
Cell      704-699-1823
jerry@wnca-soc.org

Heather Burns
Registrar
The Registrar offers part-time administrative support to the Association, its staff and board.
Office   704-633-3191
office@wnca-soc.org

Abigail Kennett
Intern
A student at Catawba College, Ms. Kennett offers part-time administrative support to the Association.

MINISTRY SPECIALISTS
WNCA’s Ministry Specialists assist congregations and pastors with conflict resolution, search and call, and implementing church policies. To reach any of these individuals, contact the Association office.

  • Rev. Jim Luck
  • Rev. Barbara Rathbun
  • Rev. William Vanderburg
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Each year at its Annual Gathering in October, the Western NC Association elects members of the Board of Directors, who meet quarterly to manage the business and direction of the Association.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President — Elizabeth Schiemann
Vice President — William Sowers
Treasurer — Doug Sink
Secretary — Rev. Bob Thompson

WNCA WOMEN
Addie Luther, President

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES
Guilford/Randolph
Jennette Robinson
Rev. Lloyd Spencer
OPEN

Davidson
Rev. Mike Hooper
Rev. Robin Keating
Randy Tysinger
Rev. William Sowers

Rowan
Rev. Michael Baldonado
Clark Corriher
Rev. Diane Tugel

Catawba
Rev. Patrick Campbell
Rev. Ed Neff
Dawn Wilson

CHURCH & MINISTRY COMMISSION

The Church and Ministry Commission Commission upholds the standards of ministry on behalf of the Association, and works with Ministry Specialists who assist congregations and pastors with conflict resolution, search and call, and implementing church policies. The Commission’s responsibilities include —

  • interviewing candidates
  • recommending candidates for standing and ordination
  • receiving students into care
  • promoting the welfare of local churches and their clergy

Rev. Mark Burns
Chairperson, Church and Ministry Commission

WNCA DISTRICTS

Guilford/Randolph
Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond and Rockingham counties

Davidson/Forsyth
Davidson, Forsyth and Yadkin counties — and Carroll county in Virginia

Rowan
Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Monroe, Rowan and Stanley counties

Catawba
Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln, Polk and Watauga counties

OFFICE HOURS
Monday through Thursday
9am — 5pm

PHONE
704-633-3191

EMAIL
office@wnca-soc.org

MAILING ADDRESS
P O Box 4265
Salisbury, NC 28145

OFFICE LOCATION
204 Lantz Ave
Salisbury, NC 28144

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