Ministerial Search Committee

Our Gratitude for a Job Well Done

We’re thrilled beyond measure that UUFA’s outstanding Settled Minister Search Committee found a wonderfully talented, delightful, and energetic minister, the Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker, to partner with us for the next chapter in our congregation’s life. The Search Committee says that Rev. Pippin consistently came up as their number one choice during the many months-long discernment process. Fortunately for our beloved community, UUFA was consistently her top choice among the congregations she was considering.

In candidating week during the last week of April, many UUFA members and friends got to meet Rev. Pippin in person or virtually – we kept her busy! And on May 1 the members of UUFA enthusiastically and overwhelmingly voted to call the Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker to be our next settled minister. In July she and her family move to Athens, and she begins her ministry on August 1.

UUFA extends deep gratitude to the Settled Minister Search Committee – Barbara Schell (Chair), Tracy Brown, Todd Dinkelman, Aleta Mendenhall-Turner, John Olive, Lee Reed, and Julie Sapp – for their dedication to our congregation’s future. It took countless hours of reviewing documents from interested applicants, interviewing ministers, checking references, listening to sample sermons, and checking in with their hearts and their guts. Along the way, they built an awesome team that respected and trusted each other. The Fellowship is grateful for their service!

The Committee

At the 2021 Annual Meeting, the following were elected to serve on the Settled Minister Search Committee. Click below to learn more about the committee members.