Jared Berry

   Senior Pastor

Jared became the Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church in November of 2019. He has a Masters of Divinity in Expository Preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida. His experiences watching God build up churches fills him with excitement for what God is doing at Union. Jared strongly believes that the church is a family put together by God. Being in each others lives and loving one another is vital to our discipleship and carrying out the mission of the church.

God has also blessed him with his amazing wife Audrey and their 4 kids: Alethea, Shiloh, Gideon, and Declan. They also have a Pomeranian named Pig. Jared loves technology, science, SpaceX, websites, and camping.

Life Verse: Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Michael Lawhown

   Associate Pastor, Minister of Music

Michael joined the UBC staff in December of 2022 as Associate Pastor, Minister of Music. He holds an Associate of Fine Arts in Music from Ferrum College, a Bachelor of Science in Music from Radford University and a Master of Divinity with Christian Education from The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Mike has served in this capacity in several churches in North Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama as well as serving as a Senior Pastor for 10 years. He has been married to his lovely wife Stacey since 1993 and God has blessed them with three precious children: Kaitlyn Nicole born in August of 1995, Sarah Catherine born in March of 1997 and Rachel Grace born in February 2009. Mike enjoys gardening, yard work and landscaping.

Personal Statement: I believe that God has called us to seek the salvation of the lost and to disciple the saved until He comes using whatever means necessary

Life Verse: John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”


Laura Turlington

Administrative and Financial Assistant

Laura joined the staff in August of 2018. She is the glue behind the scenes keeping many of the church’s day to day operations together. Her previous experience serving in the corporate world has been a great asset to the church. She also helps those who come into the church with a patient and attentive ear. She is blessed with her wonderful husband Rob and beautiful daughters Lexi and Emma.

Zach Ramaglino

Youth, Collegiate, & Administrative Assistant

Zach joined the staff of UBC in September of 2023 after completing an internship in our Student Ministry program during the summer of 2023. Zach attended Union with his family from 2011-2019 and we are very glad to welcome him back to our church family now as a member of our ministry staff. He surrendered into ministry in May of 2020 and is currently a Junior in college. He is studying Biblical and Theological Studies with the intent of becoming a Youth Pastor and furthering his education. Zach’s hobbies include spending time with friends, singing, playing the Alto Saxophone & Oboe, and traveling. He also enjoys photography and videography. He is passionate about reaching students for Jesus through authentic, Christ- centered relationships.

Carolyn Neil


Carolyn officially came on staff in 2009 but has grown up at Union her entire life. Carolyn uses her gifts to serve the church well beyond her role as a pianist. She works in various committees coordinating flowers, decorating, and events. She is known for her inciteful input and wisdom as well as getting the job done with grace and poise.

Rupert Thomas

Maintenance Technician

Rupert has a servant’s heart, a can-do attitude, and a love for all of God’s creatures. Having grown up at Union, he takes time out of his many community activities to help maintain the church he loves.

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