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Hillsborough United Church of Christ
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome in this United Church of Christ congregation, where God is still speaking.

Contact us by phone: 919-732-9183 or by e-mail: hucc@hucc.org

Jay Kennett   Laura Fairfax    Mike McKeown    Karen Jordan

Jay Kennett, Pastor

Jay's passions include Creative Worship, the spirituality of literature and writing, creating just communities, children's faith development, and weaving. Jay currently serves, as President for the Eastern North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference, is a member of the Southern Conference of the UCC Board of directors and is chair of its Church Development committee. Additionally, he works as father of his two daughters, "director" of Kennett household affairs and coach of his daughter's Odyssey of the Mind team.

Jay was born in Virginia. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Financial Management and received his Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989.

Prior to coming to HUCC, Jay's ministry involved pastoral care, working as Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor for Hospices for 15 years. In addition to his work as chaplain, he directed the Spiritual Care and Bereavement program for Hospice and served as a member of the management team.
     Jay at Children's Time

Laura Fairfax, Associate Pastor of Creative Expression:

Laura's passions include creative worship, playing the guitar and nurturing others to develop their gifts and creativity. She joined HUCC in 1997 with her spouse Leah. Since 1998, Laura has been the leader of the music group "Bridges" a group of muscians that lead worship every third Sunday. In January 2008, HUCC called Laura to serve as Pastor of Creative Expression. Laura's responsibilities include worship planning, encouraging creativity, nurturing HUCC's children, youth and adults to explore their musical and other talents, as well as continuing to lead "Bridges".
Laura completed her undergraduate education at Lees-McRae College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1989. She was ordained by the Disciples of Christ in January 2006 and served Chapel Hill Christian Church (DOC) as Minister of Music.
           ;   Laura and Jerry

In addition to her work here, she works as Associate Vice President with Chapel Hill Investment Advisors. Laura lives with her spouse of 18 years Leah Spencer in Pittsboro, NC. Leah is a Speech Language Pathologist at North Chatham Elementary School. They share their home with their family of 4 dogs, 1 cat & 6 birds.
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Mike McKeown; Music Director:

Mike is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (before it was really conservative). He has a Master of Divinity with Church Music degree. He spent 6 years as the full-time Minister of Music at Trinity Baptist Church, in Raleigh, before beginning a career as a State Farm insurance agent in the town of Wake Forest. Mike has been with State Farm for 22 years. While working at State Farm, he has worked part-time and/or has served as an interim Minister of Music at Wake Forest Baptist, Millbrook Baptist, New Hope Baptist (both in Raleigh), and the First Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. He also played the piano at Umstead Park UCC. Mike has directed choirs of 100 voices and has conducted major choral works with orchestral accompaniment. Mike enjoys singing and accompanying himself on the piano, and he does a mean Billy Joel imitation!
Mike at the piano

In Mike's own words; "I am excited about helping at HUCC. I enjoy your theology and your warmth. I am ready to help you all grow in worship, and in choral music, and to learn from you".
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Karen Jordan, Office Manager

Karen's passions are her grandchildren, needlework, reading, cooking, and working with HUCC children to explore their creative energies. Karen joined HUCC in 1996 and served the church in a variety of roles. In 2001, she began serving the church as part time Office Manager. As office manager, she helps manage the day-to-day business of the church, greet the community and schedule use of our much-used building.
She is a native of Hillsborough and recently retired from the University of North Carolina with 27 years of service.

           Karen When she is not at HUCC, she enjoys following her passions and spending time with her husband Fred, their children and grandchildren.

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