Union Presbyterian Church
*5615 Union Road, Gastonia NC 28056* *704.864.7681*
Pastor James Holeman
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Pastor James Holeman graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Education, Sociology, and Social Studies. James worked in youth ministry for 5 years, developing a passion for Christian education and a love for all types of board and card games. He then attended Fuller Northwest Seminary in Seattle, WA where he received his Master of Divinity in 2008.After his ordination, Pastor James served 5 years as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City and was then called to Union Presbyterian Church in 2013. As a pastor, James seeks to encourage the church to have Christ at the center of all it does, help it continually grow at being a loving family, and envision new ways for the church to look outside its doors to the communities its members work and live in. James married his wife Victoria in 1999. They have two children, Jack and Fiona Grace. James considers his role as husband and father as his first priority. He enjoys grilling, movies, creating stained glass art, camping, and loves to kayak.
Nancy Newman has raised 4 sons (One is an Army Chaplain and 3 have served in the Army, Air Force and Navy); has 4 beautiful daughters–in–love, 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was born in Arkansas and has been a Gaston County resident for over 40 years. Before semi-retirement she was the director of a program called AVID (Assault & Victimization Intervention & Deterrence) Rape Crisis Centers for Gaston & Lincoln Counties. She is a member of Firestone Wesleyan Church and her hobbies include music and crochet and she takes great delight in her beagle, Tess the Mess! She brings much talent and is a blessing to Union Presbyterian Church.