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Jeff Williamson

Sr. Pastor

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Jeff has been on staff at UABC for 25 years. Jeff is passionate about sharing the truth of the gospel with the MidTown Community and helping them know they have a true friend in Jesus Christ. Jeff and his wife, Mary, have been married 22 years and have three children, Grant, Sara & Allan.  Pastor Jeff loves Titan’s football, Legos and outdoor activities.

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Brock Wherry

Children and Family Director

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Brock is the new Children and Families Director at Union Avenue. He and his wife, Raleigh, are new to the Memphis area, coming from Dickson, TN. Raleigh is an Elementary School Art Teacher in the Shelby County Schools System. Brock felt called to do summer missions while in college at Tennessee Tech. Through summer missions and working with kids all summer, he knew God had a plan for him to be in ministry somewhere. What that looked like, God only knew. Brock and Raleigh are thrilled to be serving at UABC in the children's ministry.

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Luke Parrish

Youth Intern


Luke grew up in Waynesboro, TN. During his time in high school and trips back home from college, he would lead worship at his home church. He went to college at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. There he graduated with a Biochemistry degree and served at the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) as the International Team Leader. He heard the call of becoming a pastor during his junior year of college. As a result, he served on a missions group called Tennessee Travel Teams the next summer. During this missions trip, he learned about the behind the scenes work it takes to run a church. He also met his lovely wife, Rowan, on this mission trip. They married two years later and live in the Midtown area. Seeking out God's plan for him, he stumbled upon Union Avenue Baptist Church. He is working as the Youth Ministry Intern. He is happy to be a part of the Union Avenue Family!

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Don Bennett

Minister of Senior Adults


Don has been on staff at Union Avenue since 1986 as Minister of Music or Minister of Senior Adults.  He has been a member of the CenturyMen since 1971.  He is an avid follower of his alma mater Baylor University.  He has two adult daughters, Elisa and Jennifer, who are both teachers.  He is also very proud of his granddaughter, Nataly. Don lost his wife, Lou Ann, to cancer in February, 2014 after 47 years of marriage. 

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Gabrielle Zittle

Worship and Media


Gabrielle moved to Memphis from Northern Illinois in the summer of 2013 to attend Visible Music College. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors is Modern Music Ministry: Worship Leading. She loves stories in any form whether it be book, movie, broadway, TV show, podcast, you name it. She loves her two cats named Gamgee and Kyo, her ball python called Phineas,  and her Fiancé, Kevin. She really enjoys finding ways to incorporate her creativity into the UABC website, service, and anything else she can think of. She is glad to have found a home with us here and is excited to see what the future brings for her here!