Rev. Greg S. Ward, Interim Minister
Rev. Greg Ward is a cradle Unitarian Universalist. He was dedicated during a UU service, nurtured in the arms of Sunday School teachers and raised in our classrooms. He found inspiration, celebrated milestones and mourned the deaths of family and friends in our sanctuaries. He met and made lasting relationships in our social halls. He worked for cooperative governance of our dreams in our board rooms and helped those dreams become justice along the streets around the congregations he's served.
He's served in Oakland, CA;Toronto, ON; Atlanta, GA; Monterey, CA; Washington, DC; and Berkeley, CA. For 15 years he was in settled ministry but found his greatest contribution to our movement is as an Accredited Interim Minister with the Transitions Office of the UUA. He works as an organizational consultant helping congregations clarify their mission, channel their energy effectively into what's most important and prepare to attract the best possible settled ministry.
Above all he is a story teller. He finds that stories are the only thing creative and expansive enough to contain heart, wisdom, truth and imagination. His overarching hope for Unitarian Universalism is that it become a relevant part of the conversations which are making cooperation, leadership, love and justice possible.
He is in the office most Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays by appointment. You can set up an appointment via email or by calling 360-695-1574.
Read more about the ministerial transition.
Sara Cloe, Director of Religious Education, since 2015
Sara has been working as a religious educator for children and youth since 1998. She earned UUA certification as a Credentialed Religious Educator in 2011 and is a member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). Sara has a Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.
To reach Sara, email cred@UUCVan.org or call 360-696-2031
Amy Brock, Religious Education Administrative Assistant, since 2016
Amy's religious education experience and foundational elements of Unitarian Universalism began at a young age as a student in a non-denominational religious school. Her work, as an educator, began in a church nursery and expanded to both public and private school classrooms. For the past ten years, she has served as a teacher to preschool and elementary school students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Amy currently holds a MAT in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia.
You can reach Amy at REfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-696-2031
Patrick Scofield, Music Director, since 2008
The Music Director directs the choir, supervises our Accompanists (Karen Dale, Carl Thor, Paul Chandler, Nancy Bonner) and volunteer Featured Musicians and Song Leaders, and oversees all music in our worship services. [15 hours/week]
Patrick holds a BM degree in Education and Vocal Performance from Pacific University. Patrick performs in musical groups around the area, and gained much of his training as the bass soloist and section leader at First Unitarian Church of Portland, where he co-leads the summer program. Patrick also serves as Director of Conferences for the UU Musicians Network, where he oversees the annual national UU Musicians' conference.
You can reach Patrick via email at musicdirector@UUCVan.org
Donna Aase, Office Administrator, since 2001
The Office Administrator supervises our Sexton, Doug Adams, produces the weekly Bulletin, manages our facility reservations and rentals, oversees the bulletin boards, and generally keeps our office functioning smoothly. [15 hours/week]
Donna’s primary employment is as an ESL Instructor at Clark College. Since the winter of 2013, Donna has been pursuing certification through the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators, a process that may take several years.
Email Donna at Office.Administrator@UUCVan.org.