Senior Minister and Management Team Leader
Rev. Justin Schroeder 612-825-1701x102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin was raised Unitarian Universalist in Colorado, where the seeds of his ministry were planted while looking up at the mountains and the Milky Way. He earned his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2007; his undergraduate is in English with a creative writing emphasis.
Justin Schroeder’s vision for ministry has been shaped and formed by twelve years of experience working in UU congregations, eight of which were at two of the largest congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association. (All Souls Church in Tulsa, OK, and Unity Church, in Saint Paul).
Justin hopes that, led by the spirit of love, he inspires congregants to follow a path of meaning and purpose as they serve each other and the community. "Relationships" are at the heart of his ministry - deeper relationship with God (however you understand that word), with community, and with the world.
Justin's role at First Universalist is to ensure the spiritual health of the congregation. He serves as the "chief of staff" and is responsible for the worship life of the congregation. He works closely with the Board of Trustees, the Pledge Team, the Planned Giving Team, and the staff to ensure that the church moves toward fulfilling its mission in the world.
Minister of Program Life
Rev. Jen Crow 612-825-1701x102 email@example.com
Jen joined First Universalist as the Minister of Program Life in 2012. Prior to that time, Jen served as the Associate Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, one of the largest and most innovative Unitarian Universalist congregations in the country. Shaped by a desire to offer the life-transforming experience of Unitarian Universalism to others, Jen pushes herself and others to think creatively and boldly about what we can offer each other and those who have not yet entered our doors. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and Smith College, Jen holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Passionate about creating a community where everyone can grow and no one needs to walk alone, Jen brings a focus on love and transformation to her ministry. She trusts the wisdom of the gathered community, values the empowerment of others, and leans in to the movement of the spirit - on her best days. The founder of the Wellspring Program for Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Deepening which is now used in over 20 Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country, Jen draws on our own UU prophets for strength and inspiration, as well as her own daily spiritual practice of prayer and meditation.
As the Minister of Program Life, Jen oversees the many programs of our church; including the ministries of Congregational Care, Membership and Small Groups, Religious Education, and Faith in Action. Jen also enjoys supervising our ministerial intern and serving our larger movement as a member of the national Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Committee on Ethics and Collegiality.
Director of Operations
Diane Gavere 612.825.1701x104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees and maintains the financial integrity of the church. Monitors the nature and health of Church resources: facility, finance, personnel management. Understands the relationship between Church Resources and the Ministry of First Universalist Church. Reports to Senior Minister. Groups that work with Director of Operations: Finance Monitoring Team, Pledge Team, Planned Giving Team, Building and Grounds, SPIFF.