Ken Watkins, Interim Pastor
Ken began his second tenure as our Interim Pastor on July 1, 2018.
David Tomasacci, Choir Director
David Nelson Tomasacci is a composer and theorist from Shickshinny, Pennsylvania. He came to Columbus for graduate school, and first joined University Baptist Church as the choir’s tenor section leader from 2006–12. Since September 2016, he has had the privilege to serve as the director of music, and is overjoyed to have the opportunity to once again work and worship with the UBC family.
David comes from an artistic family; his mother Karen is a painter, his father Randy was trained by his father as a baker and chef, and his brother Lukas is an actor and writer.
David’s first music teacher was his Grandpa Riccardo, a jazz trombonist (turned baker) who played with the Dorsey brothers and in the Army Band during WWII, and with whom David played trombone side-by-side for many years at their home congregation, Sunshine Full Gospel Church.
David received his PhD in Music Theory from the Ohio State University in 2013, where he wrote his dissertation, A Theory of Orthography and the Fundamental Bass for the Late Oeuvre of Scriabin (say that five times fast). He holds the MM degree in Composition from OSU, and a BM in composition from Bucknell University. David is currently an adjunct instructor who has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Ohio State, Columbus State Community College, Capital University, and Kenyon College. As a composer, his music has been performed across the United States, and in Canada, Poland, and Romania.
Kerry Taylor, Office Manager
Kerry Taylor, a lifelong resident of Columbus, is UBC’s office manager. She has a degree in English literature from the Ohio State University. Her varied work background includes office administration and bookkeeping; technical writing; freelance and promotional writing; costuming; and real estate and property management. She is a licensed realtor in the state of Ohio.
Kerry has been married to Don Taylor for 26 years and has three children. Her hobbies include reading, baking, gardening, and sewing.
Mollie Rausch, Pianist
Mollie grew up in Marysville, Ohio, on a fully functioning 126-acre farm with five siblings and lots of farm animals. Her first experience playing for a congregation came at eleven years of age, at the Christmas Eve service at her home church. She was requested to cover for the church pianist who didn't show up because she didn't trust her husband not to burn the Christmas rolls. Mollie has been playing, composing, and arranging music for church ever since.
Mollie served as the music and choral director at a new church plant for a full year, and has taught piano lessons for fourteen years. She teaches in the evenings after a full day of work at Nationwide Children's Hospital.