Meet the Staff



Gabe Kasper | Pastor


Gabe grew up in Macomb, MI. After spending the last 5 years starting new churches in Austin, TX, he is excited to be back in Michigan as the Pastor of ULC. He serves the mission of ULC through preaching, leadership development, and pastoral care. Gabe studied at Concordia University Wisconsin before going on to get his M.Div at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. In his spare time, Gabe enjoys playing soccer, reading books, listening to punk rock, and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers. He and his wonderful wife Melissa have two great  kids.


Zack werner | Business adminstrator


Zack spent most of his childhood in St. Johns, MI where he lived before coming to Ann Arbor to study at Concordia University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Business in 2015 and is currently putting the finishing touches on a master’s in Higher Education. Zack helped with Athletic Communications and Marketing at Concordia for two years and has been at ULC since January 2016. As Business Administrator, he stays busy with the day-to-day operations and also oversees the Chapel’s multi-media platforms. Zack loves everything about the Detroit Tigers, his family, and playing guitar.


karen berger | Ministry Manager


Karen is from Palatine, a Northwest suburb of Chicago, IL - GO CUBS! After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music she worked as a freelance Stage Manager in Chicago for several years before deciding to change courses and move to Michigan. Karen became involved in The Common Cup ministry as a barista at the beginning of 2015 and took over as the manager in the summer of 2016 where she is now focused on daily operations and exploring ways to improve and grow the reach of the ministry. Karen is incredibly grateful for her wonderful family and loves playing card games. Come play cribbage with her anytime, she’s in The Common Cup more often than not.


Sara bielby | Deaconess


Hailing from west of Flint, MI, Sara attended UM and ULC as a student, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. After spending ten years serving the Lord by working for Lockheed Martin and BAE SYSTEMS, she studied at Concordia Theological Seminary and received her Master’s degree and Deaconess Certification. Here at the Chapel, Sara uses her deaconess specialization in counseling and her theological training to be a resource to students through bible studies, discipleship, mentoring, and partnering in service. Sara is a nature girl and loves hiking, critters, and any reason to be outside.



RObert Gray | Worship Director


Robert was born and raised in the Ann Arbor area.  He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Economy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, while remaining a true blue Wolverine fan the entire time.  Robert has spent the last decade working full time as the operating manager for Superior Text, a growing textbook re-seller in Ypsilanti.  He began attending ULC in 2006 and soon after brought his "jack-of-all-trades" musicianship to the worship team, playing guitar, piano, percussion and occasionally accordion. Robert stepped into the Interim Worship Director role in July 2015, organizing musicians and programming music for services.  In his free time, Robert can be found watching sports and fixing up his house on Ann Arbor's Old West Side.


Hannah Maxey | Volunteer Coordinator


As an Ann Arbor native, Hannah grew up learning about God's grace and love at a nearby Lutheran church, but has been coming to ULC since her college days at Eastern Michigan University. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in psychology and has gone on to use her talents in a variety of jobs. Hannah works in a pediatric emergency room as a child life specialist, serves coffee from The Common Cup, coordinates weddings for the Chapel, and uses her business minor and entrepreneurial spirit in her online planner business, HannahsPlannahs. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah helps recruit, equip, and lead our Sunday morning volunteers to be able to serve to their fullest capacity.  When not working, she enjoys adventuring with her husband and their bear-like dog, Pepper Potts. Hannah's goal in life is to share Jesus' love with others.