Rev Justin Cox Senior Pastor
The Rev. Justin Cox joined our Lincoln community and became the new Senior Pastor on June 1st, 2019. He comes to Vermont with his wife, Lauren and their daughter, Violet. Justin received his theological education from both Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and Wake Forest University School of Divinity located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he earned his Master of Divinity. Before coming to UCoL, Justin served the last 6 years as a Student Minister at two North Carolina Baptist churches. When not exploring his new surroundings in the Green Mountain State, Justin enjoys very amateur gardening, and helping Lauren chase Violet from room to room.
His ramblings can be read at www.blacksheepbaptist.com
Matthew Wood Music Director
Matthew started singing in church at a very young age at the coaxing of his parents. He performed throughout high school at Mt Abraham H.S. in Bristol and won a National Art award his Senior Year(‘93). Studied Vocal Performance at Gordon (94-97) then decided to move home to start a Bed & Breakfast with his parents. He ran The Old Hotel for 16 years (2000-2016) and now keeps it open through Airbnb. Matthew stepped into the role of Music Director in 2017 and enjoys singing in Amaryllis, an early music Chorale based in Middlebury, VT and occasionally helps record choral music in Connecticut with an independent group.
Judy Brown Administrative Assistant
Judy has been Lincoln Church’s administrative assistant (aka Church mother) since 2000. She has been a member of the United Church of Lincoln since 1983, when she and Jim were married. Over the years, she has enjoyed serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, working on Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir, Youth Group leader, Financial Secretary and working on various maintenance projects. These days her spare time is spent enjoying her three grandchildren – Hailey, Nora and Lucas.
What Judy appreciates most about this church is the atmosphere of questioning and learning and its commitment to missions and outreach. It is truly a family where people are supported and celebrated.
Timothy Jaqua Pianist & Organist
UCoL Pianist/organist and accompanist for choir since the early 2000s. Tim retired as a critical care nurse after thirty years in the profession, including 13 years in New York City at a very large teaching hospital. Tim moved to VT in 1992 and joined UCOL in September of 2003.
Tim received his gift of music from his mother, Carolyn, and God. Music has been a focal point of his life with Tim beginning to play piano at the age of 7. At the age of 11 he played in a production of “Oklahoma” and the music director declared “Tim’s the only one who can play the score!” At this same time, he became the organist at his home church in Ohio. This led Tim to begin seriously studying piano at age 14 while attending the School of Music in Pottsdam, NY with Dolores Johnson PhD (college level). He also studied jazz piano and transposition with Meryl Smith – a jazz composer and bassist in NYC. Tim racked up over 10 years of classical piano training during this period. He would go on to graduate from Kent State University in 1979 with a BSN (Nursing) and attended graduate school for 2 years at Hunter College in NYC where he enrolled in a Master’s Degree program as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. However, it was opportunities like vocal coaching, rehearsal pianist, offering private lessons, cabaret acts accompanying vocalists, and recording session pianist that saw Tim split his time as that of nurse and muscian.