First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 
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Rev. Jennifer Brooks, Interim Senior Minister  

First UU welcomes Interim Senior Minister Rev. Jennifer Brooks and her son, Kevin, to their new home in Clintonville.

RevJenniferBrooks2The tapestry of my life informs and energizes my work as a parish minister. I’ve learned the importance of treating people with respect, listening carefully, and trying to spot the way that different “perception filters” create misunderstanding. The most satisfying moment is when people who see things differently begin to understand one another. It may not cause them to agree, but it keeps them working together, keeps them moving toward compassion. Life is a journey, and we’re all traveling in the same “blue boat home.”

 

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Rev. Eric Meter, Associate Minister

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Eric Meter has been with First UU since May 2008. Born and raised Unitarian Universalist, Eric comes to our congregation after ten years of ministry in northern California and an interim ministry year in upstate New York.

After completing his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, and then a ministerial internship under the late Rev. Dan O’Neal at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, Eric served the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore, California until 2007. Read More

Rev. Lane Campbell, Minister of Religious Education

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Rev. Lane Campbell has been our Director of Religious Education at First UU since the Summer of 2013.  She became our Minister of Religious Education in November of 2015.  Lane has served multiple congregations in Kansas and California and comes to First UU after a year as a Chaplain Resident in a hospital in Kansas City, KS.  Lane received a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA in May of 2012.  She received a B.A. in Philosophy and Multi-Cultural Studies from Antioch College in 2006. 

 
Lane has experience with organizing  LGBTQ youth, providing pastoral care to children and families, and teaching various adult religious education classes.  She is especially interested in creating programs that foster a sense of Unitarian Universalist identity, that build relationships between adults and children, and that bring people of all ages together to answer life's difficult questions and celebrate the world around us.
 
She lives in Columbus, OH with her partner, Anthony.
 
 Deb McGuire, Religious Education Assistant

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Marian Garcia, Office Administrator
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Brian Hagemann, Church Administrator

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Tony McDonald, Music Director

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Tony has had a career in music performance and administration. He received his Masters and D.M.A. degrees in orchestral conducting from Stanford University and has directed orchestras, bands and choirs and taught music at Hillsdale, Centre and Antioch Colleges. In addition, he has taught music to children of all ages at the Davis Center for the Performing Arts. In 1995 he received a Minority Arts Administration Fellowship and, consequently, has worked as an arts administrator with the St. Louis Symphony, The MacPhail Center for the Arts, Opera/Columbus and the King Arts Complex. Tony has also directed musical theatre for over 35 years and currently writes for and directs his own group, Dr. Tony’s Original Ragtime Band

Brandon Moss, Chalice Choir Director

Brandon_MossBrandon L. Moss serves as Director of the Chalice Choir.  A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein College and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University, and he is currently seeking a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University.  Prior to returning to Columbus, Brandon taught choral, instrumental, and general music at the middle and high school levels in Dover City Schools and Three Rivers Local Schools, and he served as a Student Affairs administrator at Ohio Wesleyan University.  As a performer, Brandon has sung with the Columbus Symphony Chorus, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, and various church choirs throughout the greater Columbus area.  When not conducting, singing, or in class, Brandon enjoys traveling, attending concerts, cooking, reading, and educating himself in popular culture.

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Nathan Hamm, Church Pianist and Choir Accompanist
nhamm_optNathan has a B.M. in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University, is principal accompanist for the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and the Dublin Singers, and is part of “Music by reflection,” a piano/vocal duo that performs at local venues. Nathan previously held this same position at the North UU Church in Lewis Center, for almost 20 years.