WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION
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
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.
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.
President — The Rev. Cheri Lovell
Vice President — The Rev. William Vanderberg
Treasurer — Ms. Joni Yoder
Secretary —The Rev. Sandra Hooper
Ms. Ava Chambers
The Rev. Hillary Irusta
The Rev. Gary Owens
The Rev. C.R. (Butch) Conrad
Mr. Doug Sink
Mr. Ken Crawford
The Rev. Ed Holloway
Ms. Yolanda Adams
The Rev. Curly Stumb
The Rev. Meghan Young
Ms. Addie Luther, President
CHURCH & MINISTRY COMMISSION
The Committee on Ministry (COM) 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 COM’s responsibilities include —
- interviewing candidates for standing in the Western NC Association
- recommending candidates for ordination and standing (including transfers of standing, privilege of call, etc)
- receiving individuals as Members in Discernment (MID) and overseeing the MID process
- promoting the welfare of local churches and their clergy
The Rev. Tamara Franks & The Rev. James Luck
Co-Chairs, Committee on Ministry
Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond and Rockingham counties
Davidson, Forsyth and Yadkin counties — and Carroll county in Virginia
Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Monroe, Rowan and Stanley counties
Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln, Polk and Watauga counties