Staff

Rev. Cathy C. Hoop

Grace and Peace to You!

Rev. Cathy C. Hoops

My story? I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up…but my vocation found me. For 18 years I had the amazing job of working as the director of children’s ministries at a progressive, open and affirming PC(USA) church in Nashville, Tn. I was blessed with strong mentors in my pastor colleagues, and consider those years to have been an apprenticeship for becoming a minister.

At age 50, having graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School, I sought my first call, which brought me to Tuscaloosa and University Presbyterian Church. By my second year, we were beginning to explore the possibility of building a relationship with Covenant Presbyterian, and on January 8, Grace Presbyterian was chartered, and a new faith community was born.

I am blessed to serve this wonderfully diverse–and growing–community.

In addition to serving as head of staff, I serve on the boards of West Alabama Aids Outreach, UPerk (campus ministry coffee house), and Druid City Pride. I am a volunteer chaplain for DCH, and a free-lance curriculum writer. For the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, I serve on the Commission for Preparation for Ministry, which allows me to be a part of the future church as we nurture candidates in the ordination process.

I am a wife to Lou Hoop, who sings in the Grace choir, and faithfully commutes between Nashville & Tuscaloosa, and the mother of three young adult sons. My house is made livelier by the presence of two English Bulldogs, Charlie & Lily, whom you can see frequently on Facebook.

Come and visit us at Grace; ALL are welcome here!

Email Rev. Cathy Hoop: cathyhoop@gmail.com


Director of Music & Worship Arts and Christian Formation: 

Dr. Leslie Poss


Johnathon-Lyons

Asst. Director of Music & Worship Arts: 

Jonathan Lyons


Office Administrator: 

Angelica Sprunger


Jennifer-Sheppard

Food Pantry Manager: 

Jennifer Sheppard


Sexton:

Wendell Edwards

Wendell Edwards was born in Manhattan, New York, but was raised in Snow Hill, AL. After graduating high school, he attended Talladega College. After serving in the Navy as a cryptographic intercept technician, he worked for the Los Angeles County Coroner as a medical photographer and technician. Several years after moving back to Alabama, he accepted the call to ministry. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, then moved to study urban mission development and Islamic studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and William Cary University in Pasadena, CA before serving as an urban missions developer in central and northern Nigeria. Wendell served as a pastor in St Louis and Seattle, before finally retiring from full time ministry after serving at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Prattville, AL. Wendell owned a cleaning company in Seattle, WA, worked for Boeing as a maintenance training manager before moving to KY to serve as facilities manager at Southern Baptist Seminary, as facilities manager at Southern Baptist Seminary in Kentucky, and as Facilities Manager for Concordia University in Selma, AL. He became Sexton at Covenant Presbyterian in January, 2009, and has enjoyed serving the wonderful folks of Covenant/University/Grace ever since. Wendell and his lovely bride, Sandra, live in Northport. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren, spread from California to New York.


Alex Benford, Organist

Organist:

Alex Benford


Nursery Staff:

Christina Allgood, Brooke Carr, Terrence Curry, Jon Duff-Gordon,  Hannah Ellis, Anna Kuczenski, Julia Landon, and Emily Zapinski