Get to know our ministers (we think they are wonderful!).


Associate Minister  – Kathryn “Kat” Kimmel

Kat 2 copyKat has served as Associate Minister since September 2013. Kat grew up in Shelby, NC before receiving her Bachelors of Arts from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She then went on to earn her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Prior to joining UBC, Kat served in church ministry in South Africa and worked as a chaplain at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC and Hospice of Cleveland County, NC.

Kat enjoys food and fellowship, reading and staying active.



Minister of Music – Taylor Hightower

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J. Taylor Hightower is originally from Knoxville, TN, and began serving UBC as Music Minister in April of 2010. He is also an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator of the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Furman University and both his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in voice performance from Indiana University.

Taylor is married to Kerrin Dunbar Hightower and has three children: Graham, Jackson, and Grace.



Church Administrator – Russell Lott

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Russell grew up in Stone County, Mississippi.  He is married to Gena Jones Lott and they have two grown daughters, Leigh Ann Jones and Laura Beth Lott, and four grandsons.  Russell received both undergraduate and Masters degrees in Business Administration from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.  After a teaching and administrative career at Northwest Mississippi Community College for thirty-two years, Russell retired in May, 2008. He and Gena then relocated to Hattiesburg to be closer to their family and roots. They joined University Baptist Church in August of that year.  He accepted the Church Administrator position at UBC in April, 2010.