Board of Directors

The CUA serves according to its Bylaws, with the voluntary effort of its small Board of Directors. Current directors and officers include:

Jim Egbert

Reverend James E. Egbert (Board Chair) is an ordained minister of the Christian Universalist Association who lives in Lansdale Pennsylvania.   Currently, James serves as an Adjunct Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and occasionally serves as a guest preacher at a local church. James also practices law in Abington, Pennsylvania where he concentrates his practice in estate planning and administration as well as corporate law.  In his legal capacity he has assisted in the startup of several churches and assists churches with legal challenges.  James became a Board member of the CUA in November 2017.  James is married to Julie Cavanagh-Egbert and has three children and three grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Lance Haverkamp serves as the Executive Minister of the CUA. He oversees all the day-to-day functions of the association; working with our congregations, clergy, ordinands, and other students. He studied at Denver Seminary, and (what is now) Wagner University;  earning both a Master’s and Doctorate in Practical Ministry. In business, Lance helps companies of all kinds find & train talent, using detailed personality matching.

Charlane Stead Leslie joined the board in 2015. An accomplished violinist, with extensive involvement with various orchestras, she is also a retired attorney with many years of service with local and state government. Charlane has been active in churches her whole life, teaching, leading worship, and serving on ministry teams. A graduate of UNLV, she received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and studied for several years at Kings College.

Michael Camp studied missions at Fuller Seminary and earned a Master’s in global economic development at Eastern University. He was an ordained American Baptist missionary and aid worker to Muslim communities in Somalia, Kenya, and Malawi and a lay leader in a variety of churches. He is an author of two books on his spiritual evolution and the history of Christianity. Today, Michael’s day job is working for a Microsoft partner in business software sales and marketing, while pursuing his passion of using his blog and podcast (The Spiritual Brewpub) to help spiritual refugees find their way.

Greg Rupert was raised in the Methodist Church in Boulder, CO, but had a “receiving Christ to be born-again and be saved” experience with Campus Crusade for Christ at UNC in Greeley. Four years later he married into the Southern Baptist denomination. Being a junior high/high school band, choir, theater director, he spent the next 40 years in some aspect of music/youth ministry in Evangelical Christianity. Eight years ago he met a young man who turned his world upside down assuring him that his dad was NOT burning in an unconscionable, unfathomable, abominable HELL. Thus began his intense and comprehensive study of the Bible, it’s translations, the Greek Septuagint, secular and Christian history, Calvinist/Arminian church fathers, current “fathers,” and “universalist” church fathers, and Christian leaders. Discovering CUA, he immediately determined to be actively involved. Greg resides in Dubach, LA with Elaine, his soul mate and life partner of 45 years. They have one son, Sean Christopher, a grandson, Ryder Elway (YES! Sean is a HUGE Bronco fan!) and a dream daughter-in-law Windy Renee. His mom, Dorothy Rupert, a Colorado State Senator is 92, lives in Boulder and is still traveling the world!

Ivy Brooks

Ivy Brooks is always one for adventure and it was a perfect fit to work for Noah’s Ark Explorer, Errol Cummings. As Executive Secretary for the Turkish-American International Expeditions, Inc. she assisted in fund raising, coordinating expeditions to Mt Ararat, and connecting with notable dignitaries and American heroes interested in their project. Ivy served as the Executive Officer for a local branch of the largest trade association in the world – the National Association of Realtors: staffing and supporting its many committees, and participating in state and national committees. She become a “train the trainer” and regional conference speaker for a national telecom company. All the while, the burning desire to make a difference in the world fueled her theological academics as she wrote for a national Christian society magazine and participated as a conference speaker …these studies led her to the bottom line: Jesus taught that to love God and neighbor fulfilled the law-and we are to be spiritual (not religious) people. Being a spiritual person is synonymous with being a kind person whose highest priority is to be loving to yourself and others, caring about people, animals and the world; knowing that we are all One, and consciously attempting to honor this Oneness.

Rev. Dr. Don Algeo I pastor a Congregational church in rural western New York.  Outside interests include studying languages, repairing and selling old books, weightlifting, pistolship, and cooking food not fit for man (except myself) nor beast (except my dog, Bitsy.)

Rev. Jeremiah Gold-Hopton is one of the two transgender ministers ordained (so far) by the Christian Universalist Association. He is currently working on starting a Christian Universalist congregation in northern Georgia, where he has lived for most of his adult life. He attended a Baptist church before becoming a Quaker when he was 10 years old. He grew up in New Jersey, and then went to schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio before going to Japan to teach English. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oberlin College and a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He founded a Quaker youth program of monthly weekend gatherings in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas (which continues under new leadership). He has served as a chaplain in a nursing home and two hospitals in Georgia. He was an intern minister for a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Massachusetts before discovering the Christian Universalist Association. His ancestors are Mexican, German, and British immigrants to the United States, most of whom came to the U.S. only a few generations back. He and his wife have two African American sons.

Rev. Dr. Larry Spielman My favorite and most consistently influential song is found in Philippians 2:5-11 which I identified as my core motivation for being a minister in the late 1980’s, namely to have the same mind set as Jesus, to not exploit privileges (I am a white privileged male), but became a servant, ultimately that everyone will know the pure goodness of God (paraphrased).  My recent favorite read is David Bentley Hart’s That All Will Be Saved, along with his footnotes and endnotes in his New Testament; A Translation.  My theological reformation influence is Luther in his early years.  I am a CUA Minister, with blah blah degrees and I have over thirty years of parish ministry experience as a denominational pastor, and now I follow my dream of doing Hospice Chaplaincy.

Rev. Dr. Daniel Medina was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Miami, Florida. A graduate of Florida International University, Daniel went on to serve in U.S. Military Intelligence. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and St Thomas University (Florida Center for Theological Studies), Miami Gardens, FL. Dr Medina recently published his first book, The Scandalous Menu, and has written on several topics, including Sacramental Theology, Charles Williams’ Theology of Romantic Love & Co-Inherence, Zen Meditation, Consciousness, Near Death Experiences, World Religions and Spirituality. Daniel is a public schoolteacher and Pastor of the United Church of the Good Shepherd, a parish affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists. He lives in South Florida with his wife, Victoria, and family.

Click here to see a chronological list of CUA leaders from founding to present (including those no longer serving on the Board), when they have served and what offices they have held.