Reverend Paige Getty - Senior Minister
The Rev. Paige Getty has served as minister at UUCC since 2003. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she earned her bachelor's degree at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and her master's degree in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
Paige's professional ministry has taken her to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and the Shawnee Mission UU Church in Overland Park, Kansas. She has served her local chapter of the UU Ministers Association in multiple roles, including Mentor and Good Offices Person; is trained as a Beyond Categorical Thinking facilitator (UUA) and a Lead Mentor (UUMA); and had the honor of delivering the sermon at the UUA's Service of the Living Tradition in 2010.
Paige and her spouse, Graham, are the parents of Hallie and Sara, who already are active participants in the UUCC community. The family is happily settled in Columbia, and Paige looks forward to a long and healthy ministry devoted to transforming lives and the world, one moment at a time.
Reverend Kären Rasmussen - Assistant Minister
Kären is the part-time assistant minister at Columbia. A native of Racine, Wisconsin, she served in the United States Navy for twenty years. After retiring from the Navy in 2000 and then working for a defense contractor for two years, she heard a different calling. After the timeless struggle of discernment she released her heart to the call and entered seminary, receiving her Masters of Divinity from Wesleyan Theological Seminary in 2010. She was joyously ordained in September 2011.
She completed her internship at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and served in several ministerial positions at the UU Congregation of Fairfax, Virginia. She also served as the interim assistant minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland.
To round life out, she is also the part-time social justice minister at the UU Congregation in Fairfax and works in community outreach at Our Daily Bread, a non-profit providing temporary food subsidies to people in need in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kären and her partner Barb, live in Annandale, Virginia with the light of their hearts, a black lab named Zoe.
Anthony Jenkins - Intern Minister
Anthony Jenkins is currently serving as the intern minister (half time) at UUCC. He is a native of Washington DC, and has also called PA, VA, upstate NY, and southern MD home. He holds a B.A. in Music (Performance) from Morgan State University, and has made his living as a freelance bassist in the Baltimore/DC metropolitan area for the last 16 years. Presently, he is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL; he has also served as an intern chaplain at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital.
After 5 years as a bassist in the 257th Army Band (DC), Anthony now serves as a 2nd Lieutenant (Chaplain Candidate) with the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He is a mystic, a metaphysician, a Reiki I, and an astrology student of 24 years. Anthony and his beloved bride, Sarah, currently reside just outside of Columbia in the town of Highland.
Maureen Harris - Executive Director
Maureen filled the newly-created role of Executive Director beginning in October 2008. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served as UUCC's Youth Director for two years.
During that time, she also served as Executive Director of the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland. She is a graduate of Princeton University, with a master's degree from John Hopkins University.
Her spouse, Bill, and their two children are active members of the congregation. Upon their first visit to UUCC, they knew immediately that they had found their spiritual home.
Robin Slaw - Director of Religious EducationRobin most recently served as DRE at Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, New Jersey and has previously held positions as a religious educator in Sussex County and Morristown, New Jersey. She has also served on the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Chapter Executive Committee, and is a trainer for Our Whole Lives.
Robin brings both a Master of Business Administration from Lehigh University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University, along with years of teaching for non-profits and schools, including as a sexuality education instructor for Planned Parenthood and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before children, Robin worked as a systems analyst.
After children, she began a long journey into Unitarian Universalism through commitment to service and volunteerism. Robin brings three young adult daughters to Columbia, all of whom plan to be involved with UUCC in various ways.
Jen Raffensperger - Youth DirectorJen Raffensperger joined UUCC as Youth Director in July 2016 after four years as a member of the congregation, lay leader, youth advisor, and elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL - sexuality education) educator. Her commitment to Unitarian Universalism, UUCC and its members of all ages, is something she hopes to demonstrate within this position and in the way she carries herself in the world in general.
Jen completed her B.A. in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Mythology and Folklore at the University of Maryland in August 2015, 25 years after graduating from high school. Sometimes the longest paths are the most rewarding. She hopes to continue putting her love of language and struggles with traditional modes of learning into her role as Youth Director, leading to new and unique experiences for the youth of UUCC (and, frankly, all those around her, but let's take this one step at a time).
Kelli Danaker - RE Assistant and Childcare Coordinator
In a quest to make children the central focus of her working life, Kelli was lucky enough to find her way to UUCC. For the last 20 plus years, she has been and continues to work with children in theatre specializing in making Shakespeare fun and accessible. Currently, she is developing and running a theatre program based in Westminster, Maryland. In addition, Kelli brings years of experience as an administrative assistant in busy office settings.
Kelli comes to UUCC with great enthusiasm for expanding on her passion for enriching the lives of children. While not a member of the congregation here at UUCC, she fully embraces its values of openness and inclusion and looks forward to learning from everyone!
Kelli lives in Baltimore with her chef husband, John and their beloved cat, King Lear.
Tom Benjamin, PhD. - Minister of MusicTom has been music director at UUCC since 1989. In addition to having led music programs in UU congregations for more than 35 years, Tom is a charter member of the UU Musicians Network, he serves on its national Board and various task groups, and serves as a mentor to UU composers. He has written music for, and guest-conducted at, dozens of UU churches nationally.
Tom has received degrees from Bard, Harvard, Brandeis and Eastman. He has composed works for all media, including symphonies, concertos, oratorios, cantatas, six operas and much choral and chamber music. Over 60 of his works have been commercially published and several are commercially recorded. He is author of two books on counterpoint, and is co-author of three music theory texts. He has won prizes in a wide variety of composition contests here and abroad and has received numerous awards, grants and commissions.
Also active as a clarinetist and choral conductor, Dr. Benjamin taught for many years at the National Music Camp (Interlochen), the University of Houston School of Music, and has just retired from teaching theory and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he chaired the Department of Music Theory.
Michael Adcock, DMA - Associate Director of Music Ministry
Michael is a native of Virginia. He received his musical training at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he earned a master's, artist diploma and doctorate in Piano Performance. As winner of the 1998 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Dr. Adcock has cultivated a versatile career as both soloist and frequent chamber music collaborator. He has won many awards, including prizes in the Washington International Piano Competition, and Kosciuscko Chopin Competitions of Chicago and New York. Dr. Adcock made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1998.
In the summers, Dr. Adcock is on the artist roster of the Musicorda (MA), and Sarasota (FL) music festivals. A faculty member of the Washington Conservatory of Music since 2002, Dr. Adcock makes his home in Washington, DC.
Jeremy Rea - Youth Music DirectorJeremy Rea is currently a music teacher at Annapolis Middle School where he leads the choral program directs the annual spring musical, and teaches "Music Goes Global". He graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2004 with a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music with Piano Concentration, and just completed his Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute in 2014. He has sung in the Lebanon Valley Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, the Lauda! Chamber Singers based in Pitman, NJ, and is currently a member of the UUCC Chalice Choir. Jeremy is excited to make all kinds of great music with the youth of UUCC!
Amanda Bates - Sunday CoordinatorAmanda has worked as the Sunday Coordinator of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia since February 2013. And while she is not a member of the congregation, she feels welcomed and supported in this role and within the community.
Amanda is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and works as a Child Welfare Professional. She has several years of experience working for and interning at organizations including Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, The Choice Program, and National Council of La Raza. She also regularly volunteers as a clinic escort with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force.
Amanda and her boyfriend, Chris, live in Columbia with their cat and two fish.