Welcome to the Western North Carolina Association

One of three Associations of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, WNCA comprises 65 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.

The Rev. Colleen Samson The Rev. Colleen Samson
Associate Conference Minister
A pastor to churches and their pastors, the Associate Conference Minister works to build relationships of trust between local churches, the association, and the conference.
Office  704-633-3191
Cell  774-287-1015
revsamson@wnca-soc.org

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

MINISTRY SPECIALISTS
WNCA’s Ministry Specialists assist congregations and pastors with conflict resolution, search and call, and implementing church policies. To learn more about assistance from a Ministry Specialist for your church, contact the Association office.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President — The Rev. Cheri Lovell
Vice President — The Rev. William Vanderberg 
Treasurer — Ms. Joni Yoder
Secretary —The Rev. Sandra Hooper

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES
Guilford/Randolph
Ms. Ava Chambers
The Rev. Hillary Irusta
The Rev. Gary Owens

Davidson
The Rev. C.R. (Butch) Conrad
Mr. Doug Sink
VACANCY

Rowan
Mr. Ken Crawford
The Rev. Anne FIndlay-Chamberlain
The Rev. Ed Holloway

Catawba
Ms. Yolanda Adams
The Rev. Curly Stumb
The Rev. Meghan Young

WNCA WOMEN
Ms. Addie Luther, President

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

The Rev. Tamara Franks & The Rev. Larry Bolick
Co-Chairs, Commission on Ministry

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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