The Reverend Sansom Williams
Our Interim Pastor
As the congregation searches for a new pastor to replace Kelly Allen, it has been blessed with the leadership of interim pastor San Williams. San and his wife Jan came to UPC after a 10-month interim assignment as associate pastor in Albuquerque, NM. He is retired from his most recent call of 20 years serving as Senior Pastor to the University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX.
San's strengths, cultivated over 40 years of ministry to several churches in Texas, include a commitment to worship and preaching, as well as healthy staff development. Over his years at UPC in Austin, San worked with any number of seminary students, and even had the good fortune to have our new Executive Presbyter, Sallie Watson, on staff for a time as a Parish Associate. Sallie's observed that "San's staff was one of the healthiest I've ever served on."
In June, 2015, Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, remarked on what a blessing it was to have had San as his pastor over his past 13 years in Austin - "an attentive, faithful, sacramental shepherd." Dr. Wardlaw, who knows both San and our church well, says, if asked for the rank order of his three choices to be our interim pastor, they would be San, San, and San - in that order!
San recently had a 10-month ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque as the Interim Associate Pastor. In that capacity, he served as pastoral staff for the Deacons, assisted in worship and preached once a month, taught adult education classes, and visited in hospitals and nursing homes. San says he is grateful that he has been given the opportunity to serve as Interim Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and engage with this strong, but grieving, congregation in our time of transition.
The Reverend Kelly S. Allen
A Tribute to Kelly Allen
After serving at UPC almost seven years, the Reverend Kelly Sue Allen passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the age of 50 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Kelly was loved by her congregation and throughout the San Antonio community, the other communities where she has served, and beyond.