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Overseeing UCM

The Council is the elected governing body that oversees UCM.
There are 15 Council members that are nominated and elected every year
by church members.
Each Council member serves with a term limit of 3 consecutive years.
The members’ primary responsibilities are as follows:
Spiritual, Vision & Mission, Policy, Budget, and Restoration.
The Council oversees UCM through ministry oversight by chairing committees
(a committee is a group of people committed to serving in a particular area of ministry).

At the Annual Members' Meeting on February 25, 2024, voting was held to approve the slate of nominees as presented to the church body by the Council and the Nominations Committee which includes all the new Council members.


If you would like to reach any of the Council members, please use our Contact Council form. Your questions or concerns will be received by our Corporate Secretary, who in turn will channel the matter to the appropriate Council member.

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Maria Angela Beata Agnir

Missions and Benevolence
Now in her 3rd year term at Council, Bea is a Filipina who has lived in several countries prior to settling back in the Philippines. She has been attending UCM since 2016. Bea became a member of UCM in 2017 and has been serving as a prayer liturgist, usher, communion server, and Welcome Team Lead for the 2nd Service. She has also served as a Missions &Benevolence Committee Member, has been leading Time for Others (TFO), and the Christmas Giving Project in 2020 and 2021.

Jaime Araneta

Jimi is now in his 2nd of a 3-year term at Council. He became a Christian in November 1986. His passion for God’s Word led him to taking up courses at the Asian Theological Seminary. This equipped him to work as Church Administrator for two years with his previous church. There he served the community through preaching, counseling, and teaching book studies. He and his wife, Sonia, also led various small groups such as single professionals, young couples, “golden girls,” mixed singles, and married. He was also on the Board of Action International Ministries and a co-planter of a mid-week Christian fellowship. Jimi and his family began attending UCM in late 2018. They became members in May 2021. Since then, he has led a Friday Men’s SDG. Professionally, Jimi is President/Director of Citystate Savings Bank, where he also leads an office Bible study. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Chamber of Thrift Banks.

Roger Bartholomew

Now in his 3rd year term at Council, Roger is originally from England and is currently the President of International Education Specialists and Southville International School. Previously, Roger has served as a Council Member for 2 full terms. He has also served as a prayer liturgist, an SDG Leader, usher, communion server, and a member of the Finance and Stewardship Committees.

Ephraim Brion

Ep is a Filipino American who has over 45 years of experience in various ministries as a church planter, denominational national youth minister, seminary professor, pastor of several churches, pastor care minister, equipper, and ministry coach. In 2002, Ep was called to the US where he became the lead pastor of San Diego Christian Fellowship, a multi-congregation, multicultural church in San Diego, CA. After 8 years of service, Ep was led back to the Philippines to strengthen and equip fellow believers through various discipleship programs, leading him and wife, Lulu, to establish GraceNet Philippines.
Ep was first connected to UCM in 2018 and has served as a Senior Advisor and Equipper/Coach under the Discipleship Committee. Outside of UCM, Ep and Lulu continue to coach pastor couples and disciple individual believers.

Michael Butt

Now in his 2nd year term at Council, Michael is a Filipino / Australian, born in the Philippines, who has been actively attending UCM since his high school years. He graduated with distinction from Bond University Law School, Australia and practiced as a lawyer there before returning to the Philippines in 2007. Later, he completed his Master of Business Administration in Australia, and is now President & CEO of Tierra International Construction Corporation. He became a UCM member in 2008 and since then, has served the UCM community as a liturgist, an SDG Facilitator, a member of the UCM Personnel Committee, a member of the Reconciliation Team, a member of the UCM Foundation (US), a member of the UCM 100th Anniversary Working Group, Chairperson of the UCM Property Committee in 2013-2015, Chairperson of UCM Discipleship Committee in 2015-2016, Vice-Moderator of UCM Council, Chairperson of Terms of Call Committee in 2014-2016, Co-Facilitator UCM Alpha Marriage Course in 2019, and a member of the UCM Senior Pastor Search Team in 2018-2019. He has a passion for God’s word and people and is committed to building up the UCM community.

Noelle Ison-Gozo

Corporate Secretary
Now in her 2nd year term at Council, Joy comes from the Ison family who has been attending UCM since 1985. Joy was married in UCM to John Gozo. Their 2 daughters were baptized also in UCM. Joy has served in the UCM Council, chairing the UCM Human Resources Committee from 2011-2014, and remains to be its member  up to the present. During her service in Council, she also served as a part of the Terms of Call Committee. Professionally, Joy has worked as an HR professional for over 30 years.

Rod Mangay-ayam

Now in his 2nd year term at Council, Rod is a Certified Public Accountant by profession and a partner of the accounting firm, Mangay-ayam, Lim & Co., CPAs. In UCM, Rod has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2003 up to the present; he served in Council, chairing the Finance Committee twice, in 2006 – 2008 and 2017 -2019. It is his joy to be serving the Lord with the talents and skills that God has given him.

Jesse Morales

Age and Stage
Now in his 3rd year term at Council, Jesse is an American who is currently residing in the Philippines as a CADD Technologist for a U.S. based engineering consulting firm, currently managing the extension office in Quezon City. Jesse came to know Jesus in 1993, is married for 21 years to Emma Ruth "Ima" Morales, and have 2 boys in senior high and college. He is serving as an SDG Leader, 5th grade Sunday School teacher, and a bible study group leader at work and in their village.

Raymond Nocon

Now in his 3rd year term at Council, Raymond is currently the Vice-President of Jade Group, Inc., overseeing construction management, building system management, back-office operations, and software systems. He serves as a prayer liturgist, 2nd service usher, and communion server.

Mark Quebral

Mark has been a member of UCM since 1996. Professionally, Mark has been with Chevron Corporation for 30 years and is currently in the process of retiring from the corporate world. Within UCM, he has served one full term on Council, initially as the Corporate Secretary, and then the last two years as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. He continues to be a member of the HR Committee. He has also served as a Nominations Committee member from 2017-2019, a Sunday school teacher, prayer liturgist, SDG leader, as well as an usher for the 2nd service.

Marie Therese Tengco

Care Ministries
Now in her 3rd year term at Council, Maite has been working at the Canlubang Golf & Country Club, Inc. since 1994. She is currently the External Affairs Assistant & Membership Committee Assistant of the club. She has served as the recording secretary of Care Committee since July 2020, as a prayer liturgist, and co-facilitates a women’s SDG since 2019.

Weslee Trout

Fellowship and Membership
Now in his 3rd year term at Council, Wes is an American, married to a Filipina. He is a digital marketing and strategy consultant. Currently, in addition to chairing the Fellowship and Membership Committee, he leads the upgrading of the Audio and Visual systems of UCM, including the digital platforms and live streaming of the services. He has served as a group facilitator for Kingdom Men, a reflector for the Mid-Week Essentials for Quarantine, and as a member of the Nominations Committee.

Erick Veneracion

Human Resources
Now in his 3rd year term at Council, Erick is currently the Board Director and Treasurer of Lorenzana Food Corporation and a business consultant for Partners Worldwide (an NGO that uses business to create flourishing economic environments worldwide). He has served as a member of the HR Committee and in UCM’s Children and Youth ministries, as well as an Usher and Welcome Team Member of the 2nd Service.

David Vicente

Now in his 2nd year term at Council, David grew up primarily in the church and ministered mostly in the music industry as part of the choir and worship team. Previously, he was a home-based missionary with Pioneers and Frontiers, a Worship Director of Imus Conservative Baptist Church, and a worship coordinator for International Baptist Church of Manila. Presently, David serves as one of the Board of Trustees with Destiny Rescue, while working as a freelance performing artist in both in-person and online events.

Rev. Chad Williams

Senior Pastor
Pastor Chad possesses over twenty-seven years of ministerial experience, including various roles in pastoral leadership, church planting, worship ministry, international theological training, leadership development, teaching at the university level both in the US and internationally, and missionary service. Read More...

Ex-Officio Members

Rev. Noah Kennedy

Associate Pastor
Pastor Noah was born and raised in the southeastern United States and possesses academic credentials in business administration, divinity, and theology...Read More...

Dix Roa

Church Administrator
Dix is a graduate of Industrial Engineering in UP.  Before joining UCM, he was a self-employed realtor. As Church Administrator, he is the head of operations, making decisions and carrying out duties which affect the comfort, convenience, and safety of the congregation, volunteers, and staff.