United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ is made up of 1.2 million members in 6,000 congregations. Unlike most denominations where direction comes from the top down, most worship and governance decisions in the UCC are made within the local church. We pride ourselves on lay leadership, where members serve a variety positions throughout the church (Education, Outreach and Advocacy, Worship, etc.).
Congregations are bound together by a covenant of mutual ministry through which we affirm our oneness in Christ and recognize a spiritual interdependence with each other.
In practical terms, the United Church of Christ is as old as 1616 (one of our churches in Massachusetts) and as new as our most recent church started this year. Today we place great emphasis on diversity, inclusion, freedom of conscience in belief, and justice and mission activities.
Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton
Dr. CroweTipton brings to Emmanuel extensive experience as a pastor, expansive theological knowledge, and strong leadership skills, as well holding the core values that are central to this faith community. We are truly blessed to have Vaughn's leadership at Emmanuel UCC.
Vaughn is married to Beverly, who also serves in ministry. They have two children, Jared and Abby.
Cindy Bovee-Kemper is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, a graduate school affiliated with the United Church of Christ. She comes to Emmanuel UCC after years of working in the hospital setting both at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC and Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, NC. Recently, she has participated in endurance events completing a marathon in the Fall of 2017 and the Trailblaze Challenge (hiking 28.3 miles in one day) in the Spring 2018. Cindy and her wife, Rev Lisa Bovee-Kemper, are parents to two young children.
Lisa Kiser is an accomplished musician and pianist, who currently serves as principal keyboardist for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and as piano faculty at Anderson University. At Emmanuel, she not only accompanies our services each week, but directs adult, youth, and children's choirs, as well as the occasional handbell ensemble. She is married to David, and has two daughters, Eleanor and Sophie.