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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 in Tampa, FL before coming to Unity in 2018. I love my wife, Sarah, and our two daughters and 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, and my husband, Matt.

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.

 

Bailey Beam - Director of Children’s Ministries

Hi! I’m Bailey, and I am the new Director of Children’s Ministries. I grew up on a small farm in Lincolnton, and I currently still live there with my parents, Scott and Sherri. I have a dog named Dooley and a donkey named Snowball! I graduated from Lincolnton High School in 2015, and then from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2019. At LR, I double majored in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music. During my time there I was crowned Homecoming Queen, and I was in a variety of clubs including the A Cappella choir, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and the Dance Team. I am so blessed and excited to be a part of this community, and I can’t wait to get to know everyone!

Janeen Dishman - Office Manager

Since joining the staff in 1999, I have seen a lot of growth at Unity. As office manager, I oversee daily operations, create the bulletin and newsletter, and I’m also 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. I’m happy to be a part of the Unity family and add you all to my extended family, which includes my mother and three children 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.

Tim Fox - Campus Manager

After years of experience in construction and landscaping, I joined the Unity staff in 2011l. 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 - Receptionist

Since 2007, I have served as your receptionist and contribution treasurer. 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 office manager, 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!

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.

Dustin Stamey - Choir Director

Serving as the Choir Director at Unity since 2008, I have extensive experience in instrumental and choral music and a degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University.  I also hold a Masters degree in Executive Leadership Studies from Gardner-Webb University and enjoy spending my free time in the great outdoors with my daughter.

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.

 

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