Dear Northwest Members and Friends,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Interim Minister Search Committee, I am very pleased to announce that Rev. Jonathan Rogers, will serve Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation as our Interim Minister.
Rev. Jonathan is currently the Associate Minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, where he has served for 4-1/2 years. He will depart UUCA on January 28 and begin his 18-month interim ministry at Northwest on February 1.
We are excited to welcome Rev. Jonathan to Northwest! We are certain that he will bring his own brand of energy and enthusiasm to his new role.
Rev. Jonathan Rogers is originally from central Maine and grew up attending the Waterville Universalist Unitarian Church. He earned his BA degree from Brown University and his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. His sources of spiritual wisdom include Buddhism, Integralism, and process theology.
At UUCA, Rev. Jonathan served first as Youth Program Coordinator before accepting the call to Associate Minister. He has served UU, Quaker, UCC, and Renewal Jewish faith communities in many roles for over a decade. He is married to Annie Massart, who is from Rhode Island, and they reside in Decatur with their three dogs, Tony, Grover, and Pickles.
Rev. Jonathan’s arrival at Northwest from his ministry at UUCA marks another milestone in the long and loving relationship between our two congregations. As both Northwest and UUCA undertake challenging and courageous changes to enhance the impact of Unitarian Universalism in Atlanta, we at Northwest are mindful that our congregation was established as a mission to grow Unitarian Universalism by visionaries at UUCA, our “mother” congregation.
Our enduring bond of love and gratitude to UUCA continues through this transition, and we hold our dear friends at UUCA in our hearts as we both begin an exciting new chapter in the lives of our congregations.
Until Rev. Jonathan’s arrival on February 1 – and following Rev. Terry Davis’s departure on December 3 – Northwest’s pastoral care and staff supervision needs will be served by two experienced ministers, Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis (pastoral care) and Rev. Marti Keller (staff supervision and support).
I hope you will join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to the members of Northwest’s Interim Minister Search Committee – Hannah Cowart, Gwen Kahn, and Aruna Rao-McCann – for their hard work in helping our congregation make this next important step.
And, I hope you’ll join me with optimism and excitement in the days ahead as we continue our remarkable journey together to minister to each other and our world.
NWUUC Board of Trustees President