Our Staff

Say hello to the leadership team at Upward Christian Fellowship

Meet our leadership

Anthony Craver - Lead Pastor

I was raised in a small town in North Carolina and I love small town life! I met my wife Alexa in Honduras where I served as a missionary teacher for a couple of years. We began here at Upward in 1997 and have loved the path forward (most of it). I love to read, play the piano, and exercise (my latest craze is my rowing machine). Serving Jesus in this community is my passion.

“We're gonna need a bigger boat.” - Chief Martin Brody

Greg Dixon - Executive Pastor

My name is Greg Dixon and I have served at Upward since 2015. I currently serve as the Executive Pastor of Ministry. I am married to my wife, Danielle, and together we have two amazing daughters, Hope and Faith. I love Duke Basketball, being outdoors, a good leadership book, and a good practical joke.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33

Bonnie London - Director of Operations

I came on staff at Upward in February 2020. I serve as Director of Operations and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of involvement at UCF, including being a first-time guest, volunteering, and serving as a Deacon before coming on staff. I am married to my best friend, Scott. We have three children and five grandchildren. For me, the best ingredients to start the day involve my front porch and a cup of coffee while waiting with an excited expectation of the coming sunrise.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Luke Jenkins - Connections Pastor

I am married to my beautiful wife Jessica. We have 3 amazing kiddos; Gavin, Jayce and Emma. I drink way too much coffee and love everything to do with sports. (Except duke). I have been on staff at Upward since July of 2017, and absolutely love being a part of the Upward Family! We all have a place to serve and a difference to make and it's my heart and my desire to help everyone find where that is for them. 

"Your love for others will find fuel in your love for God." - Chris Hodges

LeAnn West - Children's Pastor

Hi! My name is LeAnn West and I have been a part of the Upward team as Children's Pastor since 2018. My husband, Chris, and I met in high school and grew up in the small town of Mayberry. We have been married for 12 years and have two amazing kids: Ella and Miller. We are loving this season of watching our kids grow & building a home together. A few of my favorite things are evening walks in our neighborhood, family movie nights, and helping Chris with his latest wood project. We're so thankful that God brought our family to Upward and truly believe the best is yet to come!

"We're all rough drafts of the people we're still becoming." - Bob Goff

Matt Karst - Creative Arts Pastor

Hey there! My name’s Matt and I joined the team here at Upward as the Creative Arts Pastor back in 2019. That basically means I get to create moments, music and art that will hopefully point people toward Jesus. My wife Rachel and I got married in 2007 and now have two awesome kids, Andrew and Ellianna. In my free time I really enjoy nature and rock climbing. Let me know if you want to go sometime.

“Not all who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

John Bivens - Student Pastor

Hey Hey! I serve as the student pastor here at UCF, which also is the church that I was raised in. I am married to my best friend, Taylor, and we have the best dog in the world, Peanut. I have obtained a bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Christian Leadership. I’m a huge sports guy and a Chick-Fil-a Signature member.

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Michael Craver - Digital Director

What’s up! My name is Michael Craver and I have served as Upward’s Digital Director since November 2020. I love the fact that I get to be a part of expanding the kingdom’s impact into the digital world. Me and my wife Becca got married in February 2021. I LOVE sports (Go Duke), playing music, and a good movie!

"Failure is not an option" - Gene Kranz

Brenda Fletcher - Administrative Assistant/Booker

I have been part of UCF for more than 40 years. I started attending in college. I have been involved in Ladies Ministry , Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, and Administrative Board. I have seen God blessed UCF in so many ways. I am so excited to see what God’s plans are for me being on staff.

I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. My husband Jerry and I enjoy hiking and traveling especially visiting national parks. We enjoy watching college basketball.

"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give." - Barbara Bush

Alex Arias - Care & Community Pastor

Hello! I came on board the Team in May 2022 as the Community Impact Pastor. I am Married to my Beautiful Wife Yami and we have 3 Wonderful kids: Junior, Rebecca & DJ. I Love to spend time with the family no matter what we do, as long as we are together. I love baseball. I love to serve God and am happy to be able to serve God, you, and the community. 

"God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with." - Billy Graham

Patty Williams - Groups Pastor

I am excited to be part of the Upward team and serve as Groups Pastor. I love seeing people connect through fellowship, building friendship, and growing in Christ together. My husband Mike and I are blessed and thankful to be at UCF! We have enjoyed serving as volunteers, Connect group leaders, and Deacons. Some things that bring joy to my life are spending time with family and the greatest grandkids on earth, walking in the park, reading great books, and sharing coffee & conversation with my husband.

“Be not afraid of saying too much in the praises of God; but of saying too little.” - Matthew Henry

Kayla Radford - Administrative Assistant

My name is Kayla Radford, and I just recently joined the Upward staff as an Administration Assistant in June of 2023. Most Thursday nights, you will find me serving with guest services as a greeter. I grew up in the small town of Murphy, NC. My husband, Tyler, and I have been married for 15 years. We have two amazing girls, Kirsten and Kaylee. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and reading good books in my spare time. My most favorite season of all is the Fall.

"You gotta walk in the room like GOD sent you there GODFIDENCE" - Unknown

Jerry Fletcher - Building & Facilities Manager