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Church Staff

David Bonnema - Senior Pastor

I love being the senior pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church! I received my Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and my Bachelors degree from Whitworth University with a concentration in Theology and Sociology. I grew up in Seattle and spent ten years working as a pastor and a youth pastor in Tampa, FL before coming to Unity in 2018. I love my wife, Sarah, our two daughters, Zoe and Riley, and our dog, Annie. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and grande mochas from Starbucks.

Dana Seiler - Associate Pastor

I’m Dana Seiler, the Associate pastor for youth, mission, and pastoral care.  I have a Masters in counseling and worked in that field for several years. I received my Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.  Since then, I have served two churches; one in Western New York and one outside of Asheville, NC.  I am beyond excited to be joining the Unity Church family!  I have a passion for youth and mission and look forward to all the ways we can further those ministries in Denver, NC. When I am not at church you will typically find me outdoors: hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening, even roller-skating, or just taking an evening stroll with my beloved french bulldog, Blue, husband, Matt, and daughter, Hadley.

Henry Haynes - Visitation Pastor

As your part time Visitation Pastor, I help David and Dana in keeping up with the needs of the congregation during crises including illness, grief, and surgery. I served as an Army Chaplain for thirty years and am a highly decorated officer with awards that include the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters. The attacks of September 11 occurred during my time as the Pentagon chaplain. I enjoy making calls and visits to the Unity family.

 

Janeen Dishman - Director of Communications

Since joining the staff in 1999, I have seen a lot of growth at Unity. As the Director of Communications, I’m responsible for worship slides, videos, the website, social media, and more. I’m pleased to be able to use my creativity and a little bit of my music degree to help create an environment where people want to worship. I’m excited to lead an incredible team of staff who work together to help each other with whatever is needed and I’m happy to be a part of the Unity family. My family also includes my mother, three children, eight grandchildren, and reaches back 9 generations in the Denver community. I love working in a place with such a rich history that still has an eye for the future.

Bailey Beam - Director of Children’s Ministries

Hi! I’m Bailey, and I am the Director of Children’s Ministries. I also conduct the handbell choir here at Unity. I live in Lincolnton and I have a dog named Dooley and a donkey named Snowball! I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2019 where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music. I began working at Unity in 2019, and I have loved every moment. I am so blessed to be a part of this community!

Tim Fox - Campus Manager

After years of experience in construction and landscaping, I joined the Unity staff in 2011. It is my job to keep our buildings sparkling clean and our grounds manicured and beautiful. I keep equipment and systems around the church maintained and schedule other professionals to assist when needed. My wife, Megan, and I have two young boys who keep me busy the rest of the time!

Karen Taylor - Preschool Director

Hi! I’m Karen Taylor. I have been the Preschool Director since 2001. I work with our preschool board to set policies, hire teachers, recruit and enroll students, and make sure the day to day operations of our preschool are safe and effective. I am married to “Father Ron” and have two wonderful children. We have lived in Denver since 1996.

Sally Brissenden - Office Manager

Since 2007, I have served as your receptionist, contribution treasurer, and am currently the office manager. I’m the first person you’ll see when you stop by the office, and usually the person who will answer when you call. My job includes working closely with the pastors and staff, assisting with programs, setting up for studies and meetings, creating worship sets as well as inputting individual contributions in the financial system. I’m blessed to serve each one of you – please stop by and meet me!

Chris Smith - Lead Audio/Video Engineer

I joined the Unity Staff in 2020 as the Lead AV Engineer serving in the booth during services each week. I grew up in Denver, NC and earned my degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University. I have led numerous award-winning independent music organizations and school programs throughout the Southeast as an audio engineer, educator, composer, and clinician. My wife Alaina and I live in Mt. Holly and I am also the Associate Director of Percussion at Catawba Ridge High School in Fort Mill, SC.

 

Jeff Perks - Organist

I have played in churches since age 13, and offer a depth of knowledge in sacred and classical music. With a degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina, I have performed all over the world – from cruise ships and restaurants to churches and the White House! I am also a published composer and recording artist and maintain a successful piano studio in the Denver area.

Reed Conley - Organizing Pastor - Artisan Church, Lincolnton

Reed Conley is a multi-talented creative, a worship leader, and a published singer-songwriter from Tampa, Florida. He has been serving in church ministry for several years and especially enjoys creating unique and meaningful worship experiences. Reed is passionate about building relationships, drawing people closer to each other and to God. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida State University. He enjoys fishing, family bike rides and making homemade pizza. Reed and his wife Jeanette are parents to four young daughters; Annabelle, Violet, Samantha and Juliet. They all look forward to doing life in Lincolnton and making it their new home!

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