Terry Yasuko Ogawa, Pastor

Terry Yasuko Ogawa brings experience and passion for the ministry of the church as well as extensive experience building ecumenical relationships. Terry has served as the Associate Advancement Director of Pacific School of Religion where she focused on building relationships with alumni/ae, denominations, and congregations. Terry was previously the Chaplain and Community Liaison at The Institute for Human Services (IHS), the largest comprehensive homelessness services agency in Hawai‘i, where she built the foundation for an interfaith chaplaincy program. As part of her work at IHS, Terry established the Hawai‘i Faith-Based Summit on Homelessness and orchestrated, in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, an exhibition of photographs by clients to reflect their first year transitioning out of homelessness. The exhibit was held at Honolulu Hale City Hall.

In her studies at Pacific School of Religion, Terry researched the legacy of missionary heritage of the UCC in Hawai‘i, its implication for the UCC’s relationship with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) churches, and theologies of reconciliation. Terry’s experience extends to significant work in areas of economic, social, environmental, and gender justice work that has been international in scope.

Terry holds her Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Asian and Oceanic Culture and Faith Traditions from Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Science in National Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston.

Robert Cox, Music Director

Robert Cox is a North Carolina native who graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a degree in Music Education. He has directed church choirs for over 30 years. He is active in the Barbershop Harmony Society and directs the local Golf Capital Chorus, the Triad Harmony Express based in Winston-Salem, and the Master’s Men, a male a cappella ensemble.

Robert Wicker, Pianist

Robert Wicker is a second-generation church pianist. He graduated from Appalachian State University and loves his work as a music teacher at Laurel Hill Elementary. He teaches piano to private students, is an assistant director for the Golf Capital Chorus, and sings in the Moore County Chorale Society. He enjoys improvising and experimenting with different harmonies at the piano and very recently he added a new goal: learn how to play the organ.

Sandy Waterkotte, Administrative Assistant

Sandy Waterkotte retired as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UNC Pembroke after nearly 35 years in fundraising. Married to her husband, Lynn, for over 40 years, today she is happily embracing her role as Administrative Assistant for Pastor Terry and working with a committed and caring church community.