In August of 2006, after a 20-year career in accounting and human resources, Marsha answered the call to ministry that she first felt as a teenager and enrolled at Lexington Theological Seminary. In May 2010 she graduated with a M. Div. degree, and in June was ordained into ministry with the co-sponsorship of Woodland Christian Church (DOC) in Lexington, Kentucky, First Congregational Church of San Jose, California (UCC) and United Discipleship Fellowship of San Jose (DOC). She currently has dual ministerial standing with both the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ.
In August 2006 Marsha was called by the Kentuckiana Association of the United Church of Christ to provide pastoral leadership for a new church start in Lexington, Kentucky.
Raised in a rural Southern Baptist Church, Marsha became interested in studying biblical scripture and theology in an effort to reconcile messages of exclusivity and rejection that she had heard in more conservative, traditional denominations. As her faith developed, she had deep questions of how God works in the world and in the hearts and minds of believers and seekers alike.
As a bi-vocational minister, Marsha juggles her ministerial role with ownership and management of a local accounting and client relations company. She lives in Lexington with her wife Brenda and two dogs, Tessa and Bogie.
" Bluegrass is a welcoming place of worship and a community where we can all meet one another where we are on our faith journey and discern how God might be leading in our lives as individuals and as a church.”
"I am committed to advocacy for a variety of social justice issues in our community and in our world. I believe God’s Spirit will lead us as we listen, learn, and grow in faith so that we can extend God’s message of inclusive love, grace, hope and peace to all, and specifically, to those who have been traditionally rejected or turned off by organized religion or churches.”
"Since its inception in January 2011, Bluegrass has become a part of my family and I feel very humbled and grateful to be the pastor here. God has great things in store for us — it is a message I have felt from the very beginning. Although starting a new church demands significant time and energy, every day, the call to begin this new faith community has been affirmed over and over again — thanks be to God!”
-Marsha Jean Moors-Charles
Born and raised in small town Kentucky and the daughter of a Baptist minister, Pam learned both the value of close community and the disadvantages of part of the community where everyone knows everyone. She appreciates the small town concern and the wave to strangers, but in the same tension has experienced the disadvantages of "Being in a fishbowl.
Today, community and church continue to be important aspects of Pam's life. She is a champion for the underdog and always roots for those who are disenfranchised. The tools she gleaned from her life as a preacher's kid continue to be a part of who she is. Pam is committed to empowering others, encouraging the downtrodden, and to opening the window to help others believe in their greatest gift, themselves.
Besides her work as a pastor, Pam works in healthcare, is a writer, a photographer, a sketch artist and a hiker.
Pam is originally from Nortonville, Kentucky, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Lexington Theological Seminary. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Mike. They have two children, Madison and Braham.
"I err on the side of mercy always and I believe grace is a gift I've received and should give. I believe all are connected by some invisible force of 'Mystical love,' and our encounters with each other provide the means to articulate who we are, where we are going, and help us discover how we get there."
"I believe we humans are more good than bad and when we put our gifts together, amazing things can and will happen."
"I love a good challenge, and I do my best work when someone else says I can't."
"My goal is to provide better care by interaction, trust building, and process improvement while encouraging every person I meet to recognize that which is bigger than all of us together."
"I love possibility, and see possibility that lies in the chaos. Possibility is hope."
-Pam Lee Miller
For nearly twenty years Kenny traveled with his dad and his brother in one of Christian music's most popular Southern Gospel trios. The Bishops garnered several industry and fan awards, including the coveted Dove Award, as well as numerous number one and top ten songs. The group made a name for themselves appearing on television and stages all across America. Their songs were constants on most every radio station and program that featured Southern Gospel music.
After thousands of miles, more than two dozen recordings and hundreds of songs, the Bishops, as a group, retired in 2001.
After several years away from music, Kenny returned with a renewed spirit, a refocused mission and a new record that made headlines with a surprise GRAMMY nomination and multiple Dove Award nominations. Feature articles and interviews in major, main-stream music publications brought added notoriety to Kenny's story of success and struggle in the Gospel music industry. This attention, coupled with a new understanding of his mission and purpose, has encouraged Kenny to continue with the task of telling God's story of unqualified grace.
Today, Kenny's faith has been remade and reshaped by what he feels is a more inspired and informed version of God that includes more than it excludes. With that in mind, he accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor at BUCC.
Like the other pastors, Kenny is bi-vocational, working in Lexington city government, and in his own event planning/production company. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his husband Mason, dog Ragamuffin and cat Béla. His most valuable treasures are his two children and three grandchildren.
"For me it was a life-changing, life-saving discovery when I realized that God has a place for me in the good work of the Gospel. It's liberating and empowering and refreshing to not only know it, but to be able to spread the news of God's fantastic and unquenchable love.
"I hope that I never get past the very special place that BUCC is. I hope I never get used to seeing those who've been told that God doesn't accept them or want them finally realize that the truth is just the opposite."
As COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop in Lexington and Fayette County, we are excited to begin in-person worship again! We look forward to having a full house in the coming weeks, but because we still need to practice social distancing, we will need to limit the number of attendees for now. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to reserve your spot. Whether you join us in-person or online, we're excited about worshipping with you!