Pastor Dan is actually Dr. Dan Bohannon, but you will never hear him refer to himself as that. He prefers to be called "Pastor" because his heart is in the shepherding of his church.
We are so blessed as a church to have him and his lovely wife Connie caring for our flock. His passion is presenting Jesus and His Word. The preaching he consistently delivers is Biblically accurate, in depth, yet understandable and relevant.
You will find Pastor Dan at the pulpit every Sunday, leading Bible Studies during the week, discipling and visiting church members at every opportunity.
Raised in Sonoma County, becoming a business man, marrying, having 2 daughters and serving in Santa Rosa Bible Church was Dan and Connie's life for over 20 years before the Lord called them to full time ministry at UBC.
He was the Associate Pastor/Senior Pastor here at UBC more than 20 years ago. Then, desiring to complete his theological training, in 2002, he and his family moved to LaGrange, Wyoming to attend Frontier School of the Bible where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies.
Dan and Connie helped to plant a church in Bridgeport, Nebraska in 2004 and ministered there until 2015. It was then that the Lord presented an open door for them and us that allowed their return to UBC as our Senior Pastor.
While in Nebraska, Pastor and Connie furthered their education. Pastor Dan went on to earn his Master's Degree from Tyndale Seminary and a Doctorate of Theology from Andersonville Seminary. He and Connie both became certified counselors through Caring for the Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Lee is our business administrator and an elder here at UBC. He and his wife Darlene have been married for 48 years, have two wonderful children and have lived in the Ukiah area since 1979. Lee brings a vast store of business knowledge and experience to his ministry with UBC. It is because of his guidance that we are good stewards of the many, many blessings the Lord bestows to us.
He also has an extensive education; graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.S. degree in Economics; Certification in Real Estate from University of California, Berkeley and years of study and teaching in Precepts Bible Study.
He sits on several non-profit boards such as Lake Mendocino Task Force for Promise Keepers; Hartstone Bible Camp and Deep Valley Christian School.
Among his favorite Bible verses are; I John 2:15-18 and I Cor. 13:1-3
Mark has been an elder at UBC since 2015 and is passionate about his Lord, the Word, his church and the Lord's people.
He and his wife, Karen, and their son, Justin, own Advantage Towing and they are the people to call if you are stuck by the side of the road!
Mark was an integral part of starting and sustaining a chapter of the ministry "Celebrate Recovery" here in Ukiah. He currently is a leader of our Praise & Worship Team and member of our "Sheep Dog" ministry which is devoted to the protection and safety of our church members. He is also a co-leader of the Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study and Breakfast.
His theological education include studies at Grace School of Theology, Introduction to Greek under the teaching of Dr. Richard Oliver and Old Testament Survey at Northbrae Community Church.
His favorite Bible verse is; Hebrews 12:1&2.
"Knowing God's faithfulness from Heb. 11, we have support to always get us through our toughest times."
Mark exemplifies the heart of a servant and gifts our church in a variety of ways; among them, member of our worship team, prayer leader and secretary of our board. You are also likely to find him in the kitchen washing dishes after one of our many dinners.
He and his wife, Carmen, have been married for 28 years and members of UBC since 1996. Their 3 children have grown up in this congregation. All are young adults now, pursuing high school completion, college and careers. All three are a testimony to the loving, involved Christian upbringing that Mark and Carmen have given them.
Mark is Dr. Turrill, having completed his education with a B.A. from the University of Southern California in interdisciplinary studies, biology and religion. His M.D. is from Washington University School of Medicine. His practice of oncology is also his field of evangelism. He is the example of Jesus that many people only see when they are faced with the struggles of an awful disease.
Among his pastimes are reading; "I love reading scripture more than medical text books, (I read both!)" He is also an avid gardener and farmer, raising goats and one very fat sheep!
He has many favorite verses, among them Psalm 73:25-26 "Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Because, "it emphasizes the weakness of life on earth versus God's supreme promise in eternity."
Shelly has been a member of UBC for 22 years.
She is also the first missionary that our church sent into the field. She served in Uganda for 8 years, co-founding a ministry called Christopher House Development Center, working with children of all ages, developing their skills in Art, Music, Drama, Sports and Christian Character Development. After handing the ministry over to the Ugandan leaders, she then spent 2 years with Mercy Ships, a hospital ship that ministers to people along the west coast of Africa.
After returning home in 2015, she became part of the staff of UBC as the Administrative Assistant, Children's Church Coordinator and Events Planner.
Ron takes care our grounds and building maintenance. On any given day, you will find him trimming, mowing, taking care of the pool and occasionally rescuing lizards and salamanders who have had the misfortune of falling into the filter.
He has been a member of UBC since 2012 and is absolutely devoted to taking care of the Lords people and His House. He has come through some exceptionally hard times and has grown so much in his faith and devotion. Because of those hard times he has such insight into the struggles of others. "I know the desperation of having been abused, long term substance abuse, homelessness and not feeling loved. We need to reach out to those in need in our Community!"
His favorite verse is Psalm 16:8 "I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
Every church has doctrines (teachings) they subscribe to and
at UBC we also have certain doctrines that are non-negotiable for us. The following statement is not exhaustive but
is intended to give a good overview of our position on some core
doctrines. We understand the Scriptures
to be our only authority in matters of faith and practice and our
interpretation of the Bible leads us to believe:
The purpose of our church is to glorify God. We will seek to accomplish this primarily through the public worship of God and through the preaching and teaching of the Bible. To this end the church membership will endeavor to live holy lives in accord with the Scriptures. We will seek to personally evangelize the lost, be involved in missionary endeavors, and build up the body of Christ (the church) by the exercise of each ones spiritual gifts.
The scriptures of the Old and New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are the final authority in matters of faith and practice.
In one God eternally existing in one essence, yet co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
That Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary.
In the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.
That mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature.
That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified before God on the basis of His shed blood.
In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us.
In the blessed hope, which is the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
That all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
In the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his fallen angels and all who do not receive Christ as their personal Savior will eternally perish in the lake of fire.
That the ordinances of the Church, given by the Lord, are Baptism and participating at the Lord's Table with Communion.
UBC began as a small home-based Bible study led by Pastor Rick Oliver in January 1994. The study group soon grew too large to meet in a home and so moved to the Sweetwood Restaurant, where it continued to gather until celebrating its first Sunday worship at the Ukiah Senior Center’s Bartlett Hall on February 13th, 1994. About 150 people attended.
With support and involvement from the Santa Rosa Bible Church, UBC grew and matured. In April 1996 Dan Bohannon was called to join Pastor Rick as Associate Pastor. During the next few years, approximately 20 men met for prayer and Bible study on Monday mornings and developed the framework for the church constitution and mission statement. Steve Todd accepted the position as Youth Pastor in January 1998 in order to serve the growing number of families with children.
In January of 2000, UBC moved its offices to a facility on Orchard Avenue and moved its place of worship to the gymnasium at Deep Valley Christian School in order to accommodate a congregation numbering as many as 350 people. Shortly thereafter, Pastor Oliver took a position at Masters Seminary in southern California and Pastor Bohannon became Senior Pastor for UBC.
Late in 2000, the church formed a committee to search for and raise funds for a permanent home, which resulted in a January 2001 move to the present church site at 2140 Arroyo Road, the former Deerwood Swim and Tennis Club. Two years later Pastor Bohannon left to pursue further education and Pastor Todd became the interim Pastor until the return of Pastor Oliver in 2004, and Pastor Todd then left to become Program Director at Mount Gilead Christian Camp. During this time (until 2009) Dave Dick served as Youth Pastor.
In 2014 Pastor Rick Oliver retired and the church turned to the Lord for direction. For the next two years the church was cared for by interim Pastors Dick Otto and Dr. George Fox as we searched for our next Senior Pastor. As providence would have it, the church was led to Pastor Dan Bohannon. In late 2015, Pastor Dan resigned from a church he had helped plant and where he had served as the Senior Pastor for 13 years. As we reacquainted ourselves with one another it became clear that God was leading all of us to the same conclusion. In February of 2016 the church installed Pastor Dan to the office of Senior Pastor.
Since his arrival and under the leadership of the Elders, the church has seen and felt a steady growth in many different ways. We are looking forward to the future of UBC as we continue our tradition of expositional Bible teaching and caring for the hearts of both the saved and the yet-to-be-saved.