Reverend Annette Hill Briggs
Pastor Annette is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Lawrence County. A graduate of Arkansas State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her early ministry years were in student work on the IU campus. She came to UBC as associate pastor in 1992 and has been Pastor Annette since 1997.
Her husband of 27 years, Dr. Carl Briggs, is on the faculty of the IU Kelley School of Business. They have three kids; Mariah-24, Ben-20 and Emily-18. She loves to sew, knit, garden, read and play with her golden retrievers, Rosie Cotton and Scout. Her newest interest is chicken keeping ~ a backyard flock of hens keep her laughing and sharing eggs with neighbors.
Philosophy of Ministry
Having been redeemed by God in the event of Jesus Christ, each and every one of us has been set free! Our freedom in Christ - freedom from fear and every disappointment - is cause for great joy and complete peace for all people everywhere. The privilege of the church consists in living joyfully and peacefully all our days, thereby showing and sharing the good news of our redemption.
"Of the the things God has shown me,
When Silence Is Not an Option
Pastor Annette’s comments preceding the Prayer of the Day on January 29, 2017:
I want to speak to and then pray for the amazing change in the world since Friday.
Religious persecution is now legal in the United States. That it is not full-blown persecution does not mean it is not religious persecution. For Christians, silence is not an option. And for Baptist Christians: we were born of and made for these moments.
It has nothing to do with our own rights. We cast them off when we chose to follow Jesus,
so that we might defend the weak and speak up for the terrified without fear.
First we protest, which is simply speaking truth to power, saying by where we choose to plant our feet upon this Earth in this moment whether we shall defend the persecution or defend the persecuted. We say with our words and with our lives, “This is wrong. This is evil.”
Then we find our brothers and sisters and their children who are terrified, and we do whatever it takes to protect them.