UPerk is a community cultivating change through Christ’s love– for ALL people.

UPerk is more than just a downtown coffee shop. It’s a community. It’s where all kinds of people gather to study, to talk, to listen, and to figure out ways to make our city– the wonderful Tuscaloosa, AL– an even better place than it already is. We are a not-for-profit enterprise seeking partnerships with agencies and initiatives here in town. We are an epicenter of movements seeking peace and justice for our neighborhoods. While we are connected to First Presbyterian Church and its college ministry, UKirk, we want to be very clear that all people are welcome here. We believe the life and ministry of Jesus centered around his loving everyone around him, and we will seek to do the same at UPerk. No matter what you may feel or what you may believe, you are welcome here. No matter your faith background, you are welcome here. No matter your ideology or worldview, you are welcome here. No matter if you’re a ‘Jesus freak,’ a skeptic, a churchgoer, a church-hater, a doubter, a wanderer, you are welcome here.

We have a great team at UPerk, including our Community Managers and Staff!

Jamey Hamm, Community Manager & Jaye Lawson, Assistant Community Manager

Jamey is a Tuscaloosa native who has worked in cafés for over the last 10 years. He owned and operated the successful Roots Café in Brooklyn before coming home to Alabama. Jamey’s interests go beyond coffee, however, as he is an accomplished chef, talented artist, and gifted musician. He currently leads worship at The Church at Tuscaloosa on Sunday mornings and UKirk campus ministry in UPerk on Tuesday nights. He also is part of a local 90s cover band called Alright, Alright, Alright, which plays gigs around Tuscaloosa. Jamey is married to his wife Randi, and they have two beautiful children– Charlie and Hudson.

Jaye was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama and moved to Tuscaloosa 7 years ago, where her love and passion for coffee began. She started her career working as a shift leader at a local coffee shop, after which she was recruited to be the Assistant Community Manager at UPerk. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends, cooking, and spending time with her fur babies Khloe, 4, and Indiana, 1. Her favorite part about working at UPerk is building strong relationships with her customers and developing her craft!

2018-19 Table Setters

Lara Cuomo, Director of Vocational Programming:

Lara is a Junior at UA. She is from the Chicagoland area and loves cuddling up with a book and long walks out in nature. She is majoring in Math with a double minor in History and Liberal Arts.



Seth Eriksen, Director of Communication & Storytelling

Seth is a junior from the paradise on Earth of Delaware City, DE. He is majoring in English and Creative Media with a concentration in Creative Writing. In his free time he enjoys talking about his feelings and taking long walks on the beach.



Elise Turner, Director of Community Life & Outreach

Elise is a senior who will graduate in May with a major in Elementary and Special Education. She was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama- a small town near Birmingham. She loves animals, hiking, and spending time with her family.



Audrey Webb, Director of Worship & Evangelism

Audrey Webb is a sophomore from Forest, VA. She is majoring in English and Human Development with a concentration in Youth and Adolescent Development and a minor in Creative Writing. Audrey was born and raised a die-hard Presbyterian, and after graduation, she hopes to attend seminary to pursue a career in youth and/or camp ministry. Aside from being a camp counselor, her favorite thing to do is tap dance. All of her pets have names beginning with the letter T, and there are seven eyes between the four of them.

Britton Williams, Director of Congregational & Alumni Engagement

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Britton comes from a long line of proud Texans. After graduating high school in 2015, he enrolled at the University of Alabama to pursue a degree in economics and Spanish. After graduation, he hopes to work in public policy on the East Coast.

Our Partners

UPerk has partnered with a number of community businesses, non-profits, individuals, and corporations to make our dream a reality, including:

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katie farms
Bell Media

Our Space

Interested in renting UPerk for an event? UPerk offers space for community events, gatherings, study sessions, and more! We’ll even cater! Contact us here to get started.


405 20th Avenue, Suite 2
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 553-8505
[email protected]