Rev. Jonathan Rogers
Rev. Jonathan Rogers is filling the Northwest pulpit as interim minister following the departure in December 2017 of the Rev. Terry Davis who had served Northwest since her calling in 2012.
Rev. Rogers will serve as interim minister for 18 months, after which Northwest expects to have a new called minister.
Rev. Jonathan Rogers is originally from Central Maine. He grew up attending the Waterville Universalist Unitarian Church. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and an Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. His sources of received spiritual wisdom include Buddhism, Integralism, and process theology.
Rev. Rogers most recently served the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA). He joined the UUCA staff in 2015 initially as Youth Programs Coordinator and later as Associate Minister.
Prior to joining UUCA, he served Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, United Church of Christ and Renewal Jewish faith communities in many roles for over a decade.
Jonathan is married to Annie Massart. Jonathan and Annie reside in Decatur, Georgia with their three dogs, Tony, Grover, and Pickles.
Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis
On August 18, 2013 Northwest commissioned Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis as Community Minister. Joan is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister with 30 years of experience as a parish-based pastor, educator and counselor. A 1989 graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, she finished her residency in pastoral care at Emory University Hospital in 2003 and has also done post-graduate work in conflict resolution, mediation and trauma intervention and prevention.
In collaboration with Rev. Terry Davis, Rev. Armstrong Davis will have specific involvement with NWUUC’s pastoral care team in providing support, co-facilitation and professional backup. She also has a standing invitation to preach at NWUUC at least once per congregational year. She may officiate at member weddings and other rites of passage at Rev. Terry Davis’s request.
In the UU tradition, community ministers have a calling different from a congregational minister like Rev. Terry Davis. Community ministers serve the cause of Unitarian Universalism outside of the congregation as chaplains, pastoral care counselors, or as executives or advocates in a variety of nonprofit settings. Community ministers essentially address the social and spiritual needs of persons and organizations outside the direct care of the congregation.
Since 2008, Joan’s ministry has led her to focus on working with couples of all faiths, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are seeking to enter into that most sacred covenant known as marriage. Joan brings to her ministry, called Your Vows, the philosophy that “a wedding is for a day, but a good marriage can enrich and sustain you for the rest of your life.”