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.
Rev. Topher Endress
Education, Youth, Disabilities
Hailing from the great state of Indiana, Topher is the Minister of Education at UCC. Though he is only two years into his work at University Christian, he has done ministry in various contexts for the past decade. As the Minister of Ed., Topher is responsible for both the internal (Sunday School classes, youth and children’s ministries) and external education (community conversations, bringing in local and national speakers, open events). He also holds a role as the Faith and Disability Inclusion Program Manager, where he writes disability theology and provides practical guidance for churches who are looking to become more inclusive. Topher holds a BS from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and an MDiv with an focus on Disability Theology from Vanderbilt University. If you need to find Topher outside of UCC, look for him running on Town Lake, spending time enjoying being a newlywed, or on the nearest tennis court (unless it’s college basketball season – then he’s glued to whatever screen he can find).
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.
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.