Meet Our Staff
Chris Bass is a vibrant worship leader. His love for worship shines through as he encourages the congregation in praise and worship to God. He is actively pursuing the call of God on his life to become a licensed minister. He has a strong sense of leadership which carries over into the work place as an RN. Chris is married to Cortney, a member of the Praise Team and a Sunday school teacher, and they have been blessed with five beautiful children. Cortney has a burden for worship and does a fantastic job as Choir Director.
Jeremy & Kara Parke serve as our Youth Leaders at Springhill UPC. They plan many activities and events for our young people, as well as team teach the Youth Sunday School class. Jeremy is one of our drummers and helps in the sound booth. He is an ASE certified technician for Lexus of Shreveport/Bossier. Kara is a singer on our Praise Team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and is a first grade teacher at Browning Elementary in Springhill. They desire to lead the youth into a more personal relationship with God and to have fun while they’re at it.
Belinda Choina has worked in Sunday school for many years. Her love of children has taken her on a journey from teacher’s assistant, to teacher, and finally, director. As the director, she is in charge of ensuring that everything runs smoothly in the Sunday School Department. She organizes schedules, teacher responsibilities, and activities for the children. Belinda considers it a privilege and honor to be part of the Springhill UPC Sunday School Department. Her goal is to express to each child that someone higher than we loves them. God is that someone.
Springhill UPC has a Sunday school staff full of fun-loving, God-fearing teachers that are inspired by the Holy Ghost. Each teacher desires that every child grows in his/her relationship with God and leaves the Sunday school class, each Sunday, confident that God loves him/her. They use games, visuals and other teaching techniques to teach God’s Word and make learning fun!
Back: Belinda (Director); Hannah; Ke’yonnna; Katie;
Front: Leah; Cortney; Glenda
not pictured: Sharayah
Musicians Seated: Joan, Theresa; Standing: Ricky, Jeremy, Jesse, Gentry.
Joan Carpenter is our Music Minister. She leads and directs an awesome team of musicians who play a variety of instruments to the glory of God! This group makes Psalms 150 truly come alive in our services.
Psalms 150: 1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
We are blessed to have an anointed group of singers that make up our Praise Team. Using old Hymns and contemporary songs alike, they lead the congregation into the spirit of worship through singing. This group brings diversity to the platform, each member bringing their own unique sound. Join them in song this Sunday
Back: Kara, Theresa, Sheré, Katie; Middle: Cortney, Leah, Glenda; Seated: Heather, Joan
Reuben Carpenter retired from International Paper Company where he was in management for several years. His job required extensive travel at home and abroad. His travel included extended periods in many Spanish-speaking countries, affording him the opportunity to become very fluent in the Spanish language in a short time. It is a gift that he has dedicated to God for the purpose of sharing the gospel with those of Spanish and Latin descent. His wife, Joan, has a doctorate in secondary education and psychology and a master’s degree in Spanish. She taught English and Spanish in area schools for several years. Her formal Spanish education coupled with the geographical experiences of her husband make them a very capable duo to oversee the Spanish ministry at Springhill UPC ¡Bienvenidos a su culto en su idioma!
Katie Fryer is the wife of Eric and they have a son, Isaiah. As a child, she grew up on the pews of Springhill UPC. Katie works at the local dry cleaners and is a valuable asset to her employer. She leads our Outreach Team, whose purpose is to connect with our community in different ways. She is friendly and outgoing. These are qualities that make her great at teaching Bible studies and witnessing about the power of God. Katie is involved with many different aspects of the church including being a Sunday school teacher and member of the Praise Team.