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
Administrative Assistant

Nancy Newman has raised 4 sons (2 still service in the military and 2 having served in the military); has 4 beautiful daughters – in – love, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was born in Arkansas and has been a Gaston County resident for nearly 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 the worship leader and an Adult Sunday School teacher at Praise Temple Family Worship Center.  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.

Sherry Mapels
Music Director

As the Director of Music and Organist, Sherry gives of her talents through her infectious enthusiasm and love for people and music.  Sherry terms the choir “The Fun Bunch” because of the great time that they have while practicing and performing.  She also is firmly committed toward children and youth and works hard to teach the children of Union to love to worship God through music. Mother to Wes and Holly,  Sherry also manages to run a thriving floral business in Gastonia.