Bob Turner, Pastor
The Rev. Robert S. Turner became the pastor of University Baptist Church in September 2015. A native of southern Illinois, Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education, and a Master of Public Administration. He served in American Baptist churches as a youth minister in Indiana, a campus minister in West Virginia, an associate pastor in Virginia, and an interim pastor in New York before coming to Columbus. He has also worked in the nonprofit sphere, first as a human rights lobbyist in the Washington DC area and later in an interfaith capacity with a Muslim anti-hunger group in New Jersey.
Bob is the author of Our Father Who Aren’t in Heaven: Subversive Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, published in 2015 by Wipf and Stock.
Bob is married to Sarah Councell Turner, a visual artist. They live in Columbus with Rosie Cotton, the consensus A-number-one-best-good doggie in the world. Bob has two daughters from his first marriage. Natalie is in her fourth year at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Rachel is a licensed aesthetician based in Williamstown, New Jersey.
When he’s not writing sermons and doing other “pastory" stuff, Bob enjoys riding his bicycle on Columbus’s many biking trails, playing trivia games, reading, watching movies, and cheering on his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.
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, sewing, and trying to shock Pastor Bob with her radical views. Hasn’t worked yet.
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.