Our Ministries

SERVING OUR SAINTS MINISTRY (S.O.S.)

The Serving Our Saints Ministry develops and supports Christian Fellowship activities for all seniors. We sponsor senior game nights quarterly, yearly discounted bus trips, luncheons and movie matinees. For more information, please contact Rev. Tracy Lee or Sis. Connie Mitchell.

USHER MINISTRY

Ushers greet and direct worshipers on sacred ground with a warm and embracing spirit. This ministry maintains an atmosphere of consecration and reflection toward God during worship service. The ushers seat members and visitors in an orderly manner, directs appropriate movement during service and offering collection.

COURTESY MINISTRY

UBC Courtesy Greeters station themselves in the vestibule and rear area before worship services to offer a friendly smile, directions, and assistance to our visitors. The goal of this ministry is to ensure visitors feel welcome and have an uplifting experience that encourages them to come back again, again and again.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry at UBC Church is designed to teach about the need for and practice of prayer and to “stand in the gap” by praying for members, friends, the Summit County community, State, Country, and the world.

PASTOR’S AID MINISTRY

Pastor’s Care provides special attention to the needs of the Pastor before, during, after services, and as called to assist allowing the Pastor to serve God’s people. In addition, this ministry assists visiting clergy and guests to ensure they want for nothing while visiting UBC Church.

G-MEN’S MINISTRY

The UBC G-Men’s Ministry is designed to provide the men of UBC with opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and collectively through various fellowship activities and forums while elevating and educating them on the importance of building healthy relationships within our Faith, Family, and Future as we uplift the Kingdom of God. This ministry promotes fellowship, Bible study, and Christian character-building among men as well as serves as mentors for young males in the UBC Church family and Summit County community.

FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

The Fellowship Ministry designs, hosts, and supports fellowships for UBC Church on an on-going basis as well as for special services, holidays, and events. The goal of this ministry is to provide a fellowship that is both comforting and welcoming to members, guests, and visitors.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee is a ministry dedicated to the proper handling of funds given to UBC Church during Worship Services and throughout the year. Ministry service must be recommended by the Pastor.

UNITED WOMEN OF WHOLENESS MINISTRY (U-WOW)

The United Women of Wholeness Ministry is committed to serving the entire community at large placing a special emphasis on women empowerment and teen mentorship to young ladies. We are dedicated to sharing the word of God in an effort to uphold our church mission of, “Saving Souls, and Salvaging Lives. In love we strive to enable and enrich the lives that we touch in acts of service and support spiritually, physically and emotionally and we encourage other women to get involved by attending our monthly meetings held every 4th Saturday, at 11:30 am, in the Gus Johnson Community Center lounge. For more information, please contact Sis. Dee Dee Pitts.

HOLY HANDS (INTERPRETING MINISTRY)

Holy Hands Ministry shares the love of God with those who are deaf and hearing-impaired by interpreting the 11:00 am Worship Service and reaching out to the deaf community within Summit County. The ministry prays that God will lead interpreters and deaf members to find a place to belong at UBC Church.

COMFORTER’S/REPAST MINISTRY

The Comforter’s/Repast Ministry will provide compassion through emotional and grief support to assist families who are experiencing varying types of loss.

TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

The Transportation Ministry supports UBC Church and its ministries by providing safe transportation to church and community members to and from UBC Church events and activities upon request.

Please contact us if you desire a ride to either our 8am or 11am service.

Request a Ride

PRAISE & WORSHIP MINISTRY

Under the leadership of the Director of Music & Worship, this ministry serves UBC Church by providing music and worship for all worship experiences. The M&W Ministry includes representatives from all performance ministry aggregations: choirs (8 & 11am Mass choir, Women’s Choir, and Male Chorus Choir), mime (Word Became Dance), drama, and spoken word in all age groups and seeks to engage the entire congregation to participate in worship.

PRAISE & WORSHIP TEAM

This ensemble encourages each individual in the body of Christ praise and worship God by leading the congregation in a time of corporate praise and worship. Praise and Worship are taken seriously and these individuals serve as example of worshipers.  (Rehearsal – Every Tuesday evening following Mass Choir rehearsal….By audition only).

AUDIO/VISUAL MINISTRY

This ministry supports all UBC Worship Services, Special Events, and Activities by providing equipment, personnel, and logistics for sound, visuals, and production. Visit the store on the UBC website to download MP3s of Sunday sermons. CDs are also available in the rear of the church immediately following the 8:00 and 11:00 am Worship Services.

MIME MINISTRY

Comprised of children, youth, teens, and adults who demonstrate the power of worshipping God through the beauty of movement and dance, United Baptist Church Mime Ministry is very vital to the regular Sunday Worship service experience.  It provides service throughout Akron as the ministry embodies the mandate “to let everything that have breathe praise the Lord.”  The goal of the Mime Ministry is to help each member grow spiritually and provide basic mime techniques that will prepare one for further study.  Devotion to God and discipline are important elements of this ministry.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Offered on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month during the 11 am Worship Service, Children’s Church is for young people ages 2 – 12. Mark 10:14 reads, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” In the midst of a consuming ministry to adults, Jesus regularly ministered to children. We believe the future of the church depends on effective ministry to children today. Children’s Church takes place inside of the Gus Johnson Community Center gymnasium.

NEW GENERATION PRAISE (YOUTH MINISTRY)

New Generation Praise Youth Ministry serves as a place of fellowship, growth, and excitement for high-school-aged students. This ministry offers unique platforms of expression, creates safe environments for discovery and personality, nurtures creative methods for theological formulation, and conducts intentional exercises for identity formation as a young Christian in the 21st century.

 


Our Leaders

Pastor Kevin Rushing

Pastor Kevin Rushing

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4 Rev. Kevin G. Rushing was...

First Lady Svette Rushing

First Lady Svette Rushing

Svette Rushing is the 3rd daughter born to Sylvester and Georgia Richardson. A native of Akron, Ohio, she matriculated through the Akron Public Schools system graduating from Central Hower High School. Lady Svette accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and developed her Christian walk...

Leo Armstrong - Chairman Deacon Board

Deacon Leo Armstrong

Deacons glorify the Lord and serve the church by modeling the application of the gospel of Jesus Christ into the daily activities of life as husbands, fathers, and brothers in Christ. In their commitment to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28: 16-20, they perform various tasks and participate in...

Deconess Shirley Armstrong - President Deaconess Ministry

Deaconess Shirley Armstrong

Deaconess’ assists the pastor and deacons in the administration of spiritual matters of the church in visitation work, baptism, preparation of the Lord’s Supper, and such other spiritual matters as necessary and requested. Like Deacons, the Deaconess Ministry is trained to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of...

Deacon Duane Jordan

Deacon Duane Jordan

The UBC G-Men’s Ministry is designed to provide the men of UBC with opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and collectively through various fellowship activities and forums while elevating and educating them on the importance of building healthy relationships within our Faith, Family, and Future as we uplift the Kingdom...

Keisha Bell - Youth Ministry

Minister Keisha Bell

New Generation Praise Youth Ministry serves as a place of fellowship, growth, and excitement for high-school-aged students. This ministry offers unique platforms of expression, creates safe environments for discovery and personality, nurtures creative methods for theological formulation, and conducts intentional exercises for identity formation as a young Christian in the...

Minister Lynn Driver - President Intecessory Prayer Team

Minister Lynn Driver

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry at UBC Church is designed to teach about the need for and practice of prayer and to “stand in the gap” by praying for members, friends, the Summit County community, State, Country, and the world.

Reverend Tracy Lee - S.O.S. Ministry

Reverend Tracy Lee

The Serving Our Saints (S.O.S.) Ministry develops and supports Christian Fellowship activities for all seniors. We sponsor senior game nights quarterly, yearly discounted bus trips, luncheons and movie matinees. For more information, please contact Rev. Tracy Lee or Sis. Connie Mitchell.

Barbara Wilson Coleman & Janine Latimer - Repast Ministry

Barbara Wilson Coleman & Janine Latimer

The Comforter’s/Repast Ministry will provide compassion through emotional and grief support to assist families who are experiencing varying types of loss.

Dee Dee Pitts - Women's Ministry (U-WOW)

Dee Dee Pitts

The United Women of Wholeness Ministry is committed to serving the entire community at large placing a special emphasis on women empowerment and teen mentorship to young ladies. We are dedicated to sharing the word of God in an effort to uphold our church mission of, “Saving Souls, and Salvaging...

Sis. Jerelene Jones - President Usher Board

Jerelene Jones

Ushers greet and direct worshipers on sacred ground with a warm and embracing spirit. This ministry maintains an atmosphere of consecration and reflection toward God during worship service. The ushers seat members and visitors in an orderly manner, directs appropriate movement during service and offering collection.

Jessie Meadows - President Courtesy Ministry

Jessie Meadows

UBC Courtesy Greeters station themselves in the vestibule and rear area before worship services to offer a friendly smile, directions, and assistance to our visitors. The goal of this ministry is to ensure visitors feel welcome and have an uplifting experience that encourages them to come back again, again and...

Pam Curry - President Interpreting Ministry

Pam Curry

Holy Hands Ministry shares the love of God with those who are deaf and hearing-impaired by interpreting the 11:00 am Worship Service and reaching out to the deaf community within Summit County. The ministry prays that God will lead interpreters and deaf members to find a place to belong at...

Ruth Ruggs - UBC Mass Choir

Ruth Ruggs

Under the leadership of the Director of Music & Worship, this ministry serves UBC Church by providing music and worship for all worship experiences. The M&W Ministry includes representatives from all performance ministry aggregations: choirs (8 & 11am Mass choir, Women’s Choir, and Male Chorus Choir), mime (Word Became Dance),...

Toni Addie - Fellowship Ministry

Toni Addie

The Fellowship Ministry designs, hosts, and supports fellowships for UBC Church on an on-going basis as well as for special services, holidays, and events. The goal of this ministry is to provide a fellowship that is both comforting and welcoming to members, guests, and visitors.

Vince Reed

Comprised of children, youth, teens, and adults who demonstrate the power of worshipping God through the beauty of movement and dance, United Baptist Church Mime Ministry is very vital to the regular Sunday Worship service experience.  It provides service throughout Akron as the ministry embodies the mandate “to let everything...