Dr. Kent Kern

Kent Kern grew up near Akron, OH.   Upon graduating from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Education Degree Kent moved to New York City and taught high school in the South Bronx.  While teaching in the inner city he became absolutely convinced of God’s call to full-time ministry and therefore the need to become prepared.  Kent moved to Virginia Beach, VA to study at Tabernacle Baptist Seminary, where he earned a Masters in Religious Education.  Over the next four years, Pastor Kent served as an Associate Pastor as well as earning his Doctorate of Ministry Degree.  Kent’s last ten years have been spent serving as Senior Pastor, church leader and counselor in Warren, OH.  Kent and his wife Kristine served as licensed foster parents for a decade and as an emergency placement home for children in need of immediate care.  They have adopted six children (Kaleb, Kyle, Korey, Kolby, Kara-Anne, and Katelyn) and given them a “forever family”.  Kent’s two personal past times are fitness training and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes Football. One favorite quote of Kent’s is “If you want something you have never had, do something you have never done.”
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Becky Longworth, Pianist
Becky has been our pianist for over 20 years. She attended Draughon's Business College and worked as a secretary for several years. Becky and her husband, Stoney, have three sons; Ritchie, Randy and Rodney, and three grandchildren; Alexander, Hunter and Valorie. She enjoys cooking and baking, reading, flower gardening, music, stamp collecting, flower arranging and collecting angels.

Jim Dunlap, Media-Tech Ministry

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Kyle is currently a student at Landmark Christian Academy. He plans to attend Guilford Technical Community College when he graduates. He loves American History and Ohio State University Football, Go Bucks! 

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Chris and Emma Lawrence, Youth Leaders
Chris and Emma were married at Union Cross Baptist in August of 2016. Emma is a lifelong member of Union Cross and Chris grew up attending Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina. Chris works as a Sales Representative  and Emma is a Family Practice Physician Assistant. In their free time they enjoy working out, watching sports events, and playing with their puppy, Gracie.  They were led to work with teens because, as they put it; "Our Youth Group provided us with a foundation for our relationship with Jesus Christ and prepared us for college and adulthood.  We both had meaningful experiences in youth group as we grew up and hope to create that same positive, encouraging, supportive environment for the youth at Union Cross!" 
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Kyle Kern,  Media-Tech Ministry

Gayle Wimbrow, Music Director
Gayle has led our music ministry since 1989. She is a retired teacher from Winston-Salem Forsyth County schools, spending the majority of her career at Walkertown Elementary. Gayle has a son, Russell, and daughter in law, Amy; and a daughter, Angela, and son-in-law, Nate. She loves sports and is an avid UNC fan. Gayle also enjoys reading, growing flowers, and shagging. Gayle's Email>

Andy Bowlin, Minister to Youth and Children 

Angie Weavil, Organist
Angie has served as our organist since August of 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is retired from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.  Her husband Dennie works for the U.S. Postal Service and they met at Union Cross! They have two daughters; Anna and Emma, and a son-in-law, Chris.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing the piano and spending time with her family.

Teresa Tucker, Office Administrator
Teresa has been Office Administrator since December 1999. She has an Associate's degree in Business and Accounting and worked for 15 years in the Benefit/Trust Department of Wachovia Corporation. Teresa and her husband, Tim, have a son, Nicholas. A native North Carolinian, Teresa has three dogs – Blake, Bella, and Zoe. She enjoys crafting and reading.
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Kristine Kern

​​Kristine would love to welcome any boy or girl in grades first to six to be a part of Children in Action.  Come learn about missions and missionaries on Wednesdays at 7:00PM.  Kristine is a mother of six, taught elementary school for several years and has worked with children's ministries since she was a teenager.  Come out on out kids, you will love Children In Action.

Marty Daniels, Minister of Christian Education
Marty has served in this position since 2004, although he has been involved in the education
ministry of this church for many years. Marty and his wife, Judy, have a daughter, Kathy Horton,
and a son, Bill; as well as, three lovely granddaughters: Sarah and Lauren Horton, and Madyson
Daniels.  They also have a handsome grandson: Kaleb Daniels. Marty enjoys reading, studying the Bible, developing Bible studies, teaching Bible studies, watching television (History Channel and Food Network), following Yankees baseball, playing with his granddaughters, baking, and other
cooking – especially on the grill.
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