Amy is originally from southern Missouri, but has moved many times due to her husband's military career. Amy has a great passion for working with children and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of UCC's children's bible class and worship curriculum. She is also responsible for helping to find volunteers within the church to assist in the various children's programs.
David has served as our youth minister since 1987, and is still one of the most energetic people you'll ever meet. He loves to help guide the spiritual growth of teenagers with the goal of each of them being missionaries in their schools and homes. He completed a bachelor's degree from Lubbock Christian University, and a masters in ministry from Abilene Christian University.
Joel has been attending UCC his whole life. He was an active member in the Youth and College group. He joined UCC as a part-time staff in 2013. Joel administers the church's computer equipment and website. Outside of this job he is the System's Analyst for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and an IT consultant for Johnson Financial Services. Joel has always enjoyed working with computers and loves to help people with their technology.
Anne has been on staff at UCC since November 2017. After years as a missionary in Japan she has returned to the states to continue her ministry here in Las Cruces. Anne's husband is Naohiro. They have two kids, Riku and Emily.
Matt was a student leader in the Aggies For Christ ministry for many years before becoming the full time Campus Minister in November 2014. He is passionate about relationships and creating a community where believers come together for worship AND where non-believers can feel safe enough to ask questions. Matt oversees and coordinates the events and activities for AFC and also works as the Connections Minister with the goal of plugging in new people to the family at UCC.
The qualification for elders that UCC adheres to comes directly from 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Some of the qualifications listed in that passage are that overseers should be self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, a good teacher, gentle, and must have a good standing in the community. Our elders function as the "board of directors" for UCC and have the final say on the business and spiritual direction of the church.
Doug & Freda Coalson
Doug has been an elder at UCC since 1998. His favorite part of the eldership has been the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and form lasting relationships.
“I am encouraged by our goal of being a church ‘for the city.’ I would like to see us continue reaching out to local youth and college students and having effective ministries in those areas.”
Larry & Kay Hawkins
Larry has served as an elder since 1992. He loves to see God’s people acting out their lives as God’s people, and his goal is to see this attitude spread to everyone in our community.
Robert & Paula Johnson
“I began my service as a University Church of Christ elder in 2002, after 30 years as an active member. My UCC involvement began – like many of our members – as a New Mexico State University student, when I was studying Accounting and Finance. My UCC activities began in working with teens and college students and continued with teaching adult bible classes. My service now includes teaching, ministry growth, and church finance.
“I am truly blessed by daily contact with our church members and the opportunity to be a friend and supporter to each one, according to their needs. Many have also been spiritual mentors to me through the years.
“Our UCC commitment to be ‘A Church For The City’ really says everything about my personal vision for our church family’s mission and future. I fully support our commitment to reaching outside our church building to bring in people who have all kinds of needs and, especially, those who still need Christ in their lives.”
Roger & Sharon Odom
Roger has been an elder of UCC since 1991. He enjoys time spent with his fellow elders and his relationship with the ministers and members of the church. His goal is simple: to have the church reach out to the lost of Las Cruces and bring them to Christ.
Tomás & Yolanda Pérez
Tomás became an elder of UCC in December of 2010. He takes seriously his responsibility for God’s people, and rejoices in the opportunity to intercede between God and his church.
Tomás’ goal for UCC is for its members to represent Jesus Christ as their foundation and cornerstone – that they will be for the people of this community and continue to look more like Jesus and work and serve in his Body. “My vision is to spread the gospel of Christ to imitate his example, cherish his Spirit, and make known his gospel to others.”
Terry & Kathy Adler
Terry was appointed as an elder on March 11th, 2018. He is a professor at the New Mexico State University College of Business. Terry and Kathy have three grown sons, Tommy, Scott (wife Libby), and Jeff. Terry is also retired United States Air Force and Kathy is a retired Registered Nurse.
Lloyd & Marian Denny
Lloyd was appointed as an elder on March 11th, 2018. The Denny’s have been members at UCC since 2006. Lloyd is a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin, Marian is a Software Engineer with Ingenicomm. They have two grown kids, Allison and Stephen.
David & Amy Russell
David was appointed as an elder on March 11th, 2018. David grew up at UCC, eventually moving away for his military service. The Russell’s have since moved back and have been at UCC again since 2011. David is active duty with the US Army stationed at Fort Bliss and Amy is a preschool teacher and children’s minister at UCC. They have four kids, Aubrey, Micah, Ace, and JT.