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R. Chip Denief
Senior Minister

Bro. Chip is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 1985 he boarded a plane at Rapid City Regional Airport and landed several hours later in Lexington, Kentucky. Chip met his wife, Rita while attending Kentucky Christian College (now Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky) and they will celebrate 30 years of marriage in June of 2017. Chip and Rita have one son, Evan, who is a gifted graphic artist, guitarist & vocalist, presently serving as Childrens Minister with the Fern Creek Christian Church of Louisville. They are also blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kiersey, who is an elementary school teacher in Louisville. Evan and Kiersey have scored additional points in the birth of a beautiful grand-daughter... Violette Grace.

Recognizing his calling as a minister of the Gospel while in high school, Chip was able to gain valued preaching experience through the graciousness of his minister, Mike Dennis, who often allowed him to preach, lead in youth groups and teach devotionals. Underscoring the responsibility of the task of preaching, Chip plans his preaching topics out for the entire calendar year (with eldership prayer support) addressing topics of relevance to modern living & growth in Christian faith. Chip has held ministries in Kentucky since 1985, ministering in Milford (Milford Christian Church) as youth minister, Johnsville (Fairview Christian Church) as the senior minister, Sherman (Sherman Church of Christ) as associate minister/minister of outreach and south of Williamstown (Stringtown Christian Church) as Senior Minister.

Rita, Chip's loving wife & best friend, is an Assistant Principal in the Madison County School system and loves her involvement with the young ladies Bible study. Her beautiful smile warms the hearts of everyone she meets and her hugs provide encouragement as she greets everyone at the door with Chip. She is a valued partner in ministry with the Union City congregation, contributing in numerous 'behind the scenes' ways. Rita, who worked as a student recruiter at KCC, was the 2nd person with whom Chip spoke while considering attending KCC. Apparently, she was an excellent representative, because, not only did Chip attend KCC but they married just over 2 years after his enrollment.

Chip has been the Senior Minister for the Union City Christian Church since September of 2008 and enjoys preaching, teaching, assisting the Elders in pastoral care and many other areas of ministry with the Union City community. Chip enjoys playing guitar & banjo, reading & anything involving computer graphic design or traditional art. Every once in a while Chip is known to take Rita on a romantic trip to the shooting range for some friendly pistol competition between the two of them. (We won't mention which is the better shot.) He always enjoys getting together with the men of Union City and says he feels blessed to see the growth of our men and is thrilled to see his dream of a vibrant, challenging men's ministry experiencing so much success.

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Danna Snapp
Secretary & Administrative Assistant

If you have called the office during regular business hours (or listened to the receiving message on our office answering machine) you have been warmly greeted by Danna's voice. Growing up in the Union City congregation, and a Madison County native, Danna has a love for our congregation and the Union City community. Her warm smile & trademark laugh make everyone feel at home.

Danna and her husband, Shannon (a deacon at Union City) have two young boys and are deeply involved in service with Union City. Shannon serves with our youth ministry programs, as well as his regular participation with our Jr. Church program on Sunday mornings. Danna & Shannon have also served as youth sponsors over various groups in the past. Danna is involved in compiling our printed materials, preparing our media presentations for worship and assists with planning & coordination of Church activities.

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Jessica Lynn
Custodian

Our congregation is greatly blessed with wonderful, humble servants, among whom Jessica shines. Jessica and her Husband, Michael (a deacon at Union City) have three little boys who have our senior minister (and most of the congregation) wrapped around their fingers. Jessica & Michael are graduates of Kentucky Christian University and are wonderful examples of faithful Christians.

The congregation is blessed in many ways by this couple who are very gifted vocalists, often sharing their talents in special music during our services. Michael also serves as head of Union City's Media Ministry, and oversees all technology projects in the congregation. Under Mike's direction, Union City employs numerous methods of technology, including a campus wide high speed wireless connection network and advanced projection capabilities in our worship area and fellowship hall (currently housing our Jr. Church). Jessica faithfully keeps our facilities in spotless condition and helps to create a warm, safe and inviting environment for everyone through her efforts.

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Jean Fortney
Matron Saint & Kitchen Diva

As one of our oldest living, lifelong members, Jean is a valued partner in our volunteer staff. Jean & her husband, Jeptha have served the Lord in the Union City community for their entire life... referred to by most members as "Aunt Jean" & "Uncle Jep". Our kitchen bears her name, in recognition of the countless hours of personal sacrifice & service which she has presented to her Lord over the years.

Although the office officially opens at 8:15 AM, Jean is typically first at the building on Monday mornings. She can be found on her knees scrubbing the kitchen tile, or emptying garbage cans, or dusting classrooms, or running a vacuum before Jessica can arrive so that "Jessica won't have to worry about it because she works too hard already." Jean's husband, Jep is a former elder here at Union City and they are always in attendance whenever the doors are open. Her smile, hugs & gentle teasing is yet another example of the infectious zeal she has for the Lord's kingdom.

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