UCCD is led by elders (or pastors), biblically-qualified men who oversee the congregation as a whole. Some of our elders are employed by the church, though most work in secular jobs. 

From the first century, elders were appointed in local congregations to oversee and instruct the believers (Acts 14:23, 20:17).  All elders at UCCD meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and they endeavor to lead the church through example, preaching, teaching, discipling and counseling. They meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church.



John Folmar

Our Senior Pastor, John has pastored UCCD since 2005 after moving here from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is married to Keri and they have three children.  Graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003.


Brinton Howerton

Our youngest elder, Brinton (from Hawaii, USA) is also involved in university ministry. He is married to Hannah, with one son. He studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Etienne Nel

Our longest-serving non-staff elder, Etienne is married to Kate and has one son and three daughters. He hails from South Africa and works as a quantity surveyor.


Richard Ngwisha

Our Associate Pastor, Richard joined the UCCD staff in 2008 and oversees counseling and home groups. From Zambia, Richard was once an elder of Evangel Baptist Church in Lusaka.  He is married to Catherine and the father of one daughter and two sons in university. 


Emeka Okechukwu

Originally from Nigeria, Emeka practices dentistry during the day. He is married to Minu and they have one son and one daughter.


Scott Samuel

Our most-recently elected elder, Scott is originally from the US and works in finance. He is married to Betsy and has three children.


Duncan Starnes

Duncan chairs our elders’ meetings late into the night. He also serves Christ as a businessman in Dubai.  From Johannesburg, South Africa, Duncan is married to Paddy and is the father of two daughters, aged 12 and 11.


John Welkner

Our Associate Pastor, John joined the UCCD staff in 2006 and oversees the adult education hour (Friday Foundations) as well as the Pastoral Internship program. He is married to Lisa and they have three sons and a daughter. John graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2000.


Ben Woodward

Our Associate Pastor, Ben is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben came to us from Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (USA), where he served as an elder. Ben joined the staff in 2016 and now oversees administration. Ben is married to Sarah and is the father of two sons and two daughters.