University Christian Church Staff
Rev. Dr. Chuck Kutz-Marks
Chuck is the Senior Minister of University Christian Church, having come here from Michigan. He has been in ministry for 38 years, having been ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1979. Originally from central Florida, Chuck has called UCC home for 11 years – though his heart is really wherever his 4 grandkids are! As the Senior Minister, Chuck is responsible for leading our worship (including most of the preaching), pastoral care, administration, and more. Chuck holds a BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, an MDiv from Chicago Theological Seminary with emphasis in Pastoral Psychology, and a DMin from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit with a focus on Spirituality. When not at UCC, Chuck is spending time with his family, gardening, cycling, or stargazing through his telescope.
Amy came to University Church in 2014 to serve as our office manager. Originally from Austin, Amy is truly a jack of all trades for the church. From creating our weekly bulletins and organizing everyone’s schedules to internal/external communication and social media, Amy keeps the church running. She has an 11-year-old son and therefore doesn’t have any time, but she still manages to crochet and enjoys decorating her house. Amy received her BA in Business Administration from California Coast University and has a special passion for inclusion and rights for the Deaf community.
Director of Music
Morgan Kramer is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he received his Master of Music degree in choral conducting. In addition to his role as the Director of Music at University Christian Church, he serves as the Choir Director at Manor High School as well as the Music Director of Longhorn Singers and Assistant Director of vox peregrini – a pilgrimage choir that hikes and performs throughout Ireland. In addition, Morgan sings in numerous choral ensembles including the Texas Early Music Project, Panoramic Voices, Schola of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and University Christian Church Chancel Choir. A native of Fostoria, Iowa, Morgan is the founder and director of the Clay County Chorale community chorus. He received his undergraduate degree in choral music education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Purple and Old Gold Award – the highest university honor awarded by academic departments.
Melanie completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from UT-Austin in May 2017. While a student at UT, Melanie could be found performing on the famous Visser-Roland tracker organ in Bates Recital Hall and also energizing the crowd at Longhorn baseball games as the Disch-Faulk Field organist. She earned her B. Mus from the University of Utah and her M.M. from Brigham Young University, in organ performance. Melanie is one of only a handful of people approved to perform on the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle organ in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she participates in recitals showcasing one of the largest organs in the world. Melanie has recently taken up Aikido and enjoys reading, quilting, and horseback riding when she is not practicing the organ. Melanie joins the staff of UCC by way of Bountiful First Baptist Church (Utah) and Grace Lutheran Church (Round Rock).
Rev. Amelia Fulbright
Campus Minister, Labyrinth Progressive College Ministry
Amelia has led the Labyrinth campus ministry since 2013, having received her BA in Religion from Wake Forest and her MDiv in Greek and New Testament from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2007. Her pre-campus ministry work includes stints as a youth minister, associate pastor, mental health counselor, and domestic violence crisis care counselor. Students looking to connect with Labyrinth can email Amelia directly or find more information here. UCC and other churches in Austin Texas are proud to be among the supporting congregations of this ministry.
Rev. Chelsea McCutchin
Minister of Education and Community Engagement
Chelsea McCutchin is a recent graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a less recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Before she came to seminary, Chelsea served as a high school English teacher, marketing consultant, ghostwriter, and editor. In seminary, her gifts and passion for education were affirmed through her service as an instructional assistant for three professors. Upon graduation, she received the Chidester Preaching award, for the graduating senior who demonstrates the most potential in preaching. Chelsea is thrilled to join University Christian Church, and when she isn’t in the office, you can probably find her drinking tea, reading fiction, and trying to keep up with the daily hijinks of her husband Matt and eight-year-old son Jackson.