The Transitional Minister Selection Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected the next Minister for the UUFRC. She is Reverend Dr. Gretchen L. Woods. Rev. Gretchen will serve as our Interim Minister from August 15th, 2017 through June of 2019.
Rev. Gretchen has a unique blend of deep experience and comprehensive education, with an approach to Ministry consistent with the needs of our Fellowship and a robust passion for not only UU Ministry, but also specifically for Interim Ministry. Rev Gretchen is passionate about helping congregations heal and prosper during times of transition. She is eager to learn about us, help us face our challenges, work with us to envision our desired future, and begin our evolution into the kind of community we want to become in the next few years.
Originally from the New Jersey Shore and most recently from Lincoln, NE, Rev. Gretchen has over thirty years experience in UU Ministry, including almost twenty years as a Called Minister and six years as an Interim Minister.
She has extensive academic training in both religion and music, including a Doctorate in Ministry from Northwestern Theological Union, with a focus on congregations as systems; a Master’s in Religious Studies from John Carroll University, with a focus on Systematic Theology; and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, with a focus on Instrumental and vocal music (and French Horn for her performances).
Gretchen spoke to the six members of the Selection Committee with warmth, humor, and great enthusiasm for her ministry work. We were unanimous in selecting her as our top choice. We were very pleased to learn that we were her top choice as well. Her references all praised her highly, telling us that we would be lucky to get her. They all said they would hire her again, if given the chance.
The Selection Committee was committed to finding the best Minister possible. We believe we have found an excellent minister – one well-suited for our Fellowship. We are looking forward to having her join us in mid-August.
With appreciation for the privilege to serve the Fellowship,
Liz Sloan, Tovis Page, Allen Perry, Bruce Knoth, Pat Dwyer, and Bob Holden