Church Office Staff

Rev. Larry Miller
Senior Minister – 344-0343 Ext. 13

The Rev. Larry Miller was appointed as the 10th Senior Pastor of UUMC on July 1, 2013. Previously, Larry served as the La Conference Director of Administrative Services from 2008 – 2013; Baton Rouge District Superintendent from 2005 – 2008; Senior Pastor of FUMC Bossier City from 1998 – 2005; FUMC Denham Springs from 1992 – 1998; Grace UMC in Ruston from 1985 – 1992; FUMC Tallulah from 1983 – 1985; Associate pastor of FUMC Alexandria from 1981 – 1983; and pastor of Dubach & Hilly UMC from 1980 – 1981.

Larry received his Masters of Theology degree in December 1979 from SMU Perkins Seminary and his B.S. degree in Math Education in 1974 from NLU in Monroe, LA. Larry taught high school math for two years before being called into ministry. Larry’s hometown is Springhill, LA and he is married to Linda Fomby Miller who is from Alexandria, LA. They have 2 grown daughters, Sally & husband Devin Towe living in Houston, TX; and Laura who lives in Baton Rouge. Larry and Linda are proud grandparents of Avery Elizabeth Towe.

Besides ministry, Larry enjoys playing guitar, spending time with family, and being a huge fan of LSU sports as well as Texas Rangers baseball and New orleans Saints football.


Rev. Colleen Bookter
Associate Minister – 344-0343 Ext. 12

Colleen Bookter was appointed as the associate minister at University UMC in June 2013. She was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and studied History and Gender Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Colleen received her Master of Divinity, as well as a Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry, from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC in May 2013. Throughout her time in seminary she served as a ministry intern at a small three point charge in the mountains of North Carolina, a large downtown church in Knoxville, as a hospital chaplain at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, and with an interfaith non-profit organization working with orphans and vulnerable children in Chulaimbo, Kenya.

Her passions include missions, gender and sexuality studies, social justice, preaching, and worship. In Colleen’s free time she enjoys good conversations, LSU football, Duke basketball, traveling, reading, and jogging, and spending time with her husband, Adam Darragh.

Rev. Carol Civils
Minister of Congregational Care – 344-0343 Ext. 14

Carol Civils received her M.A. degree from LSU and began her professional career as a speech pathologist serving in many environments such as the public schools, pediatric rehabilitation, LA Dept. of Education, and sales representative for a company that manufactures communication devices for individuals who cannot speak.
In 1991 she received a call from God to ordained ministry at The United Methodist Gathering at the River in Baton Rouge and responded by exploring ministry in the United Methodist Church. She discerned that her call was to be a deacon; that is, a person called by God, authorized by the Church, and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of Word and Service to both the community and the congregation in a ministry that connects the two. She then attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Taking classes both online and on campus while working full time, Carol completed the graduate theological studies in 2007. After her ordination in June 2011, Carol began volunteering as a deacon at Broadmoor UMC in the areas of worship, congregational care, and lay mobilization. Here her gifts as pastor, teacher, and encourager were recognized in ministry.
She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dave, two daughters, Dana and Brooke, and granddaughter Caroline. She loves to travel, read, and play with Caroline. She eagerly looks forward to serving the congregation at UUMC and developing new relationships! Her duties at UUMC will focus on pastoral contact and visitation for individuals who are homebound, in hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing facilities.

Ruthie Fahey
Financial Secretary – 344-0343 Ext. 15

Ruthie Fahey joined University Church as Financial Secretary in January 2000. She and her husband, Bobby, have been members of UUMC since 1981.  Prior to joining the church staff, Ruthie worked in the banking industry for 20 years. She and Bobby have two children who grew up and were very active in the church programs.

Ruthie is responsible for all financial aspects of the church. This includes donations to the church, payment of all bills and payroll. She manages the financial position of the church with the guidance of the Finance Committee.

Kelly Surace
Communications Director – 344-0343 Ext. 11

Kelly Surace was raised at University Church – baptized, confirmed, married in the Sanctuary of UUMC, and joined the church staff in 2010. She and her husband, David, have enjoyed growing in their faith together here at UUMC and becoming closer to those in the church community. Kelly has a degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University and enjoys other creative hobbies such as photography, quilting, and leading the prayer shawl ministry at UUMC.

Kelly is responsible for all communications and design work within the church, including the website, church newsletter and weekly bulletins.

Kyle Wooldridge
Office & Wedding Coordinator – 344-0343 Ext. 10

Carter Smith
Director of Music – 344-0343 Ext. 19

Carter Smith joined the staff as Director of Music in the Fall of 2011. As Director of Music he serves as the conductor of the Chancel Choir, Chapel Choir, and Agape Ringers as well as assists in the planning of worship.

Carter was baptized and raised at University Church where he was an active member of the youth program, Chapel, and Chancel Choirs. It is a unique honor for him to serve in a church with such a strong history in making wonderful music.

Carter holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University we he studied under Dr. Lori Bade and Mr. Dennis Jesse. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at LSU where he studies with Dr. Kenneth Fulton and Mr. Carlos Riazuelo.

Samantha Klipsch
High School Youth Coordinator

Hi, my name is Samantha Klipsch and I am the high school youth coordinator. I’m from Mandeville, La, and grew up going to St. Timothy UMC on the Northshore. There I participated in youth and interned my senior year with our youth ministers where I helped plan the programming for youth and for youth events. I am a Senior at LSU majoring in Communication Studies. I’m on the LSU woman’s lacrosse team and am involved at the LSU Wesley Foundation. I am currently in the process of Candidacy, discerning what my call to ministry is. I’m excited to see how God continues to work through my life and the lives of the students here.

Philip Hahn
Middle School Youth Coordinator

Hello, my name is Philip Hahn and I am the middle school youth coordinator here at University. I come from St. Andrews on the other side of town where I was highly involved in the youth group and the Baton Rouge district as a whole. I live at the LSU Wesley Foundation and am currently a senior at LSU majoring in chemistry.  I am an Eagle Scout, I have two black belts and teach Martial Arts, I sing and play guitar, I love backpacking and camping, and I enjoy playing tennis.