Our Team

The Upper Room is an Incorporated, Board Directed 501C3 Ministry.


Meet Our Executive Director

Sharon Karriker

From the tobacco farms of Wake Forest to Statesville NC and a few places in between, she fast tracked from retail sales to homeschooling. Sharon is blessed with three beautiful daughters, who are now all young adults. She is also ecstatic about being a new grandmother.

For most of her life, Sharon has dealt with insecurities about herself and God. She saw God as a fierce, angry god, seeking to destroy her. It was in one vulnerable and nearly tragic moment that God revealed his fierce passionate love for her. Since that time, she has been learning to trust God and serve wherever He asks. Through serving in the nursery and chaperoning youth trips, Sharon became a Children’s Education Director. Transitioning once again, she became a Youth Minister which led her to the Upper Room where she volunteered until taking on her current job as Executive Director of the Upper Room Ministries in Statesville.

Meet our Board Members

Our Board consists of an eclectic group of believers.  The Board offers administrative and spiritual direction.

Chairman-  Pastor Robert Dovenmuehle
Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church MS
Supervisor & Volunteer for 5 years
Board Member since 2011

Vice Chairman-  Karen Zika
Volunteer & supervisor for 11 years
Board Member since 2004

Board Treasurer –  William Barnard
Accountant with Moose Martin Haynes & Lundy, PA
Board Member since 2010

Secretary- Evan Foster
Musician and Worship team for Christ Church, Statesville
Aspect Productions, Co-Owner, Sound Studio and Video Productions
Attended Upper Room as Youth and Musician
Volunteer for 2 years,
Board Member since 2015

Emilie Harty Boyes
Ada Jenkins Center,  Davidson NC   Staff
UR Volunteer and Supervisor for 6 years.
Board Member since 2014

Murray Yopp
Teacher with Iredell County and Statesville Schools
Member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Statesville
UR Volunteer
Board Member since 2016

Juliana Kathman
Certified Professional Medical Coder
UR Volunteer
Board Member since 2016

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