Carol Buckley - Carol, her husband Dale and sons Tristan and Ethan joined UPC in 1992.  In 1995 Carol joined the Christian Education Team and began teaching Sunday School and VBS for the next 20 years.  Tristan and Ethan were active in Sunday School, VBS and Youth Group as well as UPC's Boy Scout troop 22, both achieving rack of Eagle. Upon retiring in 2015 from University of Penn Veterinary School, Carol has expanded her volunteering within the community, continues to sing in the choir and presently chairs the Mission and Fellowship ministry teams.

Fred Hoge - Fred is a lifelong Presbyterian - he joined UPC in 1994. He has served previously as an Elder and Deacon. He currently is the chairperson of the Finance and and Memorial Gifts Ministry Teams. In the past, he chaired the Mission, Nominating, and Stewardship Ministry Teams. Fred and his wife Kathy have three adult children (Colleen, Tim and Fred) and twin grandchildren. He is mostly retired from a career in business management. 

Michael King -  Michael King has been a member of the Unionville Presbyterian Church since 1992, when he and his wife, Cathy, were married there by Reverend John Ferguson. They have one son, David, who lives in the Pittsburgh area and is engaged to be married. Mike was ordained as a ruling elder in January 2019 and chairs the Personnel committee. He will also be assisting with other committees as needed, including Evangelism and Building & Grounds.

Susan Minarchi - Sue joined Unionville Presbyterian Church in 2003 and was ordained as an Elder in 2007. She has served on the Finance, Personnel and Discipleship Ministry Teams.  She is currently serving as Clerk of Session and is working on organizing our old documents and photos (possibly writing a book!). Sue loves to worship at UPC!

JR Nelson - JR moved to Kennett Square in 1992 from Albany, New York, where he enjoyed teaching sunday school to high school students. JR has been married for 35 years and he and Cyndy have three daughters. JR retired in 2017 after 48 years with an IT organization in sales and staff assignments, including three years in Hong Kong. In retirement, JR has a consulting practice, enjoys playing golf and getting more involved in church activities at UPC.​

Greg Permar - Greg was married in the church in 2011 and his children were all baptized here. Greg chairs the Children's Ministry Team and the Memorial Gifts Team and is also a member of the Stewardship Ministry Team. He works in financial services and lives in Kennett Square with his wife Jenn and their children. 

Brooke Wren - Brooke was baptized at UPC and attended many years of Sunday school. She returned in 2014, and was married there in 2015. She and her husband, Casey, enjoy their busy little boy, Charlie. Brooke manages her barn and trains horses. She spends her free time with her dogs, cat, and chickens. She also serves as Evangelism Ministry chair and as a Worship Leader. ​

​Joan Deming-Murphy - Joan joined UPC in the Fall of 2017. She serves as the Chair of the Family Promise Ministry Team and the Nominating Ministry Team. She previously  served as a Ruling Elder and a Trustee at First Presbyterian Church of West Chester. Joan, a nurse, has had a long career in healthcare consulting. 

Barbara Roberts - Barb and her husband, Brian, joined UPC in 2012. Barb has worked for her family's small HVAC business in Delaware for 34 years. They have 3 adult children that they enjoy spending time with. She enjoys being involved in the community and is a member of the Newark Rotary Club and has volunteered as a coach with the Kennett High School Field Hockey Team. She loves spending time in the Virginia and North Carolina Appalachians with her family. 

Unionville Presbyterian Church | 815 Wollaston Road, Unionville, PA | (610) 347-2327
Mailing Address | 812 Wollaston Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Leadership

Deacons

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Mary Ann Gorko - Mary Ann has been a member of UPC for over 20 years. She has previously served as a Ruling Elder. She grew up going to an interdenominational church in East Lansing, MI. She is retired from AstraZeneca after many years working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. Mary Ann is married to Ed (also retired), they have 2 adult sons, Tom and Ben, and a dog name Sirius. Mary Ann serves on the Mission and Fellowship Ministry Teams. 

Pamela Woodford - Pam is a retired special Ed teacher . She and her husband, John,  moved here almost 6 years ago from Louisville, KY to be close to their daughters and grandchildren. They also have a son Robert who is still in KY.  She was an elder at Harvey Brown Presbyterian Church,  on the pastor nominating committee, and also taught 2nd grade Sunday school. Here at UPC, she is a part of the LIFE group and Praise and Prayer. ​

Karen Wells - Karen has been a member of UPC form 30 years. She has previously served as a Ruling Elder. She was raised Catholic and feels her faith has grown since joining the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a degree from Goldey Beacom College and currently is a Director in the Accounting Department of Genesis Health Care, Inc. She and her husband, Don, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren (and one grand-dog). She enjoys reading, gardening, and going to the beach. 

​Lillian Ryan - Lil was married in the church in 1974 and has served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, helped with Bible School and has been a member of the choir for the past 8 years.  She enjoys spending time at her cabin in Clinton County when she gets the chance and enjoying her grandchildren. She has lived in the area for 44 years in the same house she & her late husband built and now she shares it with her son & his family. 

JoAnn Fisher​ - A member of the deacon class of 2021.  JoAnn lives in the Kennett Square area and is a retired Realtor. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.

Marlel A. Holloway- ​A lifelong Presbyterian that started at UPC as a young child. She is married to Ken for 41 years. Her daughter, Brooke, is an elder and has been a lifelong member of UPC. Marlel has served as a trustee and was ordained as a deacon in January 2019. She has been teaching aerobics for 38 years. Marlel and Ken enjoy spending time with their grandson, Charlie, playing pickelball and traveling in their motorhome. 

Edith Marson - Edie is a lifelong Presbyterian and joined UPC in 1997. She and her husband, Chris, have three daughters (Lindsey, Kristen, and Megan). Edie has served as a Sunday School teacher. She currently serves as Co-Moderator (with Judy Jackson) for the Deacons and is on the Nominating Ministry Team. Edie enjoys reading books on her Kindle and eating out at her favorite restaurants. 

Karen Statz - Karen and her husband, Bob, became members in 1996. They have 2 adult children, Eric and Andrea. Karen is a member of the church choir and the Fellowship Ministry Team. She has helped with VBS, the directory, and many of our social events. She and Bob were Eagle Scout advisors for Troop 22 for many years. 

Patty Tuel - Patty has lived in Unionville-Kennett Square all of her life. The youngest of 7 children, she has attended UPC since 1960. She retired from the HR department of Kendal-Crosslands. Patty is a member of the UPC Baking Team and enjoys anything having to do with baseball; especially the Phillies! An animal lover, Patty currently resides with Daisy, her cat. 



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