About Us
UPC SanctuaryUPC is a congregation committed to honoring God by touching lives through worship, fellowship and service. As a part of the Reformed Protestant tradition, our focus is upon ministering to those in the community as well as encouraging the spiritual growth of members. Worship is the cornerstone of our faith, from which comes a warm fellowship and enthusiastic service to others beyond the walls of the church.

UPC was founded downtown in 1903 as Westminster Presbyterian Church of El Paso. In 1950, when the church was relocated near the university the current name was adopted, and in 1973 the congregation moved to its present location. Over the years, UPC has emerged as a congregation that is eager to explore new ideas and opportunities for service in its commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You are cordially invited to experience the spirit of cooperation and tolerance which has long characterized UPC and provides a strong foundation upon which people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives regularly join together in worship, study, fellowship and service.

Church Policies

Church Leadership

Current Governing Elder Board

Jim Gilbertson, Isabel Goode, Carol Eastman, John Martin, Julie McGinnes,
Jane Nicholson, Josef Ozer, Don Reay, Jimmy Stevens, Tomas Velasquez

Current Deacons

Flo Buchmueller, Cindy Fields, Mercedes Fuentes, Mary Gaul, Jannifer Ituah,
Jackie Lyon, Becky Nelsen, Locha Reay, Mary Stevens


Rev. Dr. John M. Nelsen, Co-Pastor

Rev. Tim Gray, Co-Pastor

Jinny Forbes, Director of Christian Education

Susan Guard, Administrative Assistant

Maureen Keton, Choir Director

Julian Dominguez, Contemporary Worship Leader


William McMillan, Assistant Choir Director


Kristin Allen Murray, Accompanist

Connected Church/Denomination

UPC is connected to several levels of governing bodies in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Website 
Synod of the Sun Website
Tres Rios Presbytery Website


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