OUR MINISTER

At one of our many waterfalls in Transylvania County...

REV. sally beth shore-- MINISTER

Rev. Sally Beth Stone Shore, grew up in Southern Pines, NC, the child of educators who now live in Hendersonville. After college she joined the Peace Corps, working as a forestry volunteer in Mali. She met her husband Michael there, and they have been married for 28 years. They’ve been in Asheville almost 20 years, where they mostly raised their 3 children. Oldest daughter Carson currently serves in Peace Corps-Peru. Their son, Noah, is beginning Americorps service in California, and another daughter, Amelia, is a sophomore at Appalachian State.

In 2013, Rev. Shore was ordained to the ministry by her home congregation in Asheville. In addition to a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School (2012), she holds a Master in Environmental Science from the University of NC. She is in final fellowship with the UUA and has served 5 UU congregations, most recently Spartanburg, SC, where she was consulting minister from 2015-2017. She left that position to attend to family members, and has since become an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and completed the UUA’s interim training course.

Prior to ministerial formation, she worked as the director of a recycling non-profit, a college instructor, and a small business owner. She sees her Unitarian Universalist ministry as a natural extension and expansion of her environmental career—practicing love for the earth and its inhabitants. Other loves are gardening, bicycling, and music.


OUR BOARD

jOYCE HENNEBERRY – BOARD PRESIDENT

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A UU member since 1999, Joyce was a member of the congregations in Illinois and Florida before finding her home in Brevard, NC.  “The UU church is important to me because it is accepting of all people, ideologies and religious beliefs. I have grown and will continue to grow because of the people that make up this congregation.” 

A graduate of Illinois State University, Joyce worked as a professional graphic artist for 25 years, starting and growing her own advertising and design agency. Her firm’s graphic design work has been featured in national trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. She has designed published books and managed many national media campaigns.

Today Joyce is a fiber artist who draws inspiration from nature and wildlife and often works in a unique combination of abstract collage. She enjoys hiking, traveling and vegan cooking. She has been married to her husband Mark for 30 years and they have two wonderful daughters, Aby and Aly.

 

SUSAN ZELLE – BOARD PRESIDENT-Elect

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Susan, a Midwesterner who claims Illinois and Michigan, moved around as a city and environmental planner, and then as a diplomat stationed overseas in central America, Africa, and India. Passionate about immigration, animals, and respectful dialogue, she is vegetarian. No one was more surprised than she when she joined UUTC 2 years ago as she had been a lifelong skeptic of most organized religions.  She joined because of a need “to be with likeminded people” in a community that cares, and continues to be inspired by UU’s acceptance and activism.

Although her children are spread far and wide (Charlotte, Memphis and Minneapolis), two of Susan’s three siblings are in the Asheville area.  She has served on numerous boards (The Center for Dialogue, FOTAS, and the World Affairs Council of western North Carolina) and was an active mediator for many years. Susan taught courses on Anger Management and Islam, speaks French and passable Spanish, and enjoys public speaking. Susan moved here in 2004 and this is the longest she has ever lived in one place.  She is still subject to wanderlust.

 
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Gypsy richardson – Board Secretary

Greatly traveled due to her time with the Army, Gypsy brings a wealth of experience working as administrative support and economic assistant to the Defense Energy Support Command and other military organizations, both here and abroad. After the loss of her husband, she moved to Brevard in 2016 for her sister, the music, the arts, and UUTC. "The liberal religious values of the UU faith are my values. The Sunday services ground me and help me to try and live a better life of service to the community."  

 
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susan slocum – BOARD Treasurer

Susan, husband Lloyd and German Shepherd Frieda moved from Maine to WNC in 2009. Susan had just retired from 40 years as a dental hygienist and human resources professional. Susan and Lloyd's first visit to UUTC "was magical" and they became members in 2011. Deeply involved since that time, Susan's "biggest stretch" and "most fun" up to this point has been going from rampant technophobe to competent office volunteer under the training of "SuperAdmin" RK Young. Becoming Treasurer is a new stretch for Susan--a learning curve she envisions as a journey over the rainbow. Susan is an avid hiker of our beautiful mountains and a regular reader of great and not so great books.  

 

BETTY KENDRICK – Board Member At Large

Betty worked as a school counselor and counselor administrator in the South Carolina public schools until she retired. She and her husband Gary chose the Brevard area for a second home. After falling in love with the area and relocating to Brevard full time, they joined UUTC in 2012. Coming from Protestant backgrounds, UUTC has become a beloved church home. She served on the ministerial search team, appreciated this process and benefitted in many ways. She was also able to learn more about UUTC and UUA. After Gary’s sudden death in 2018, Betty was enveloped with support and love from UUTC. She has a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren in Oakland, CA. She enjoys visiting them, traveling with family, walking and hiking with her dog Bella and participating in church and community activities. 

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BRIGID FOX – Board Member At Large

Brigid Fox has been in Brevard since 1996 and has raised two children in our town. She is teacher of young children at Mountain Sun Community School and enjoys being outside as much as possible.  As a board member, she enjoys listening, imagining, and working with the possibilities for the UUTC congregation.  She looks forward to many years of sharing her time and talents with UUTC.  "Initially, I came to UUTC to give my children an opportunity to feel their own importance in the world.  I stayed because UUTC and my community helped me find my own."

 
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linda young – Board Member At Large

Linda has always been a skeptic.  At a young age her mother told her that “faith could move mountains”.  Taking this literally, Linda thought she had enough faith to move a nearby hill.  It didn’t work. 

Until she was 16, Linda and her sister attended a Presbyterian church in their small hometown.  It was at that time her mother decided that it was time she and her sister joined the “Real Church” in the city.  This turned out to be the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”.  She and her husband were married at an RLDS church in Chicago, IL but drifted away and didn’t attend any church for awhile.  After moving to Rockford, IL Linda went church shopping--finally ending up at the UU church there.  The service included a scene from a play that included a “4 letter word” and they used it.  At that point she knew she was “home.” UU’s didn’t hold back.  She and her husband joined that UU congregation in 1973.  She joined UUTC in 2011 after her husband passed.


OUR STAFF

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R.K. Young – BUSINESS ADMINISTRATor

RK believes she was probably born to be a UU but was pathetically slow in discovering it. A student of the humanities and the arts, RK entertains a lively curiosity about almost everything and loves learning new things about members of UUTC. A former award-winning art teacher, she shares Brevard with her partner Kay. When not working, RK enjoys reading, singing in the choir, bird-watching and photography. 

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kevin lausch — director of children’s religious exploration

Kevin Lausch was raised in Alabama before being lucky enough to move to Western North Carolina in 2006. He has a master's degree in public administration and worked in South Carolina state government for several years before transitioning into United Methodist youth ministry and then summer camp administration. He was the summer camp director for YMCA Camp Greenville and then an administrator for Pleasant Ridge Retreat Center/Camp Spearhead, a summer camp for people with special needs. Kevin also serves on the board for Mountain Sun Community School.

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AMY LANDER — ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Originally from Pittsburgh, Amy has been in Western North Carolina for over twelve years. Currently, Amy is working part-time because she chooses to stay home with her son. She has a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with autism and other disabilities and had been in that field for about fifteen years. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, photography, walking, hiking—and being with her family, who all reside in WNC.

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TRISHA POWERS — CHILDCARE SUPERVISOR

Ever since childhood, Trisha knew she wanted to work with children. She has been in the childcare business for over 25 years. Currently, she has been home schooling her 2 children, Luke and Allie. Trisha has loved watching them learn and grow in Brevard for the past four years. The UU church has been a blessing to her and her family as a place to experience a peaceful, loving environment that opens it's doors to all.


Ernie Mills.  Recounting his experience with UUism, Ernie observes, "Opening up a UU hymnal opened up another phase in my life. Its songs and readings provide a roadmap for an adventurous and exciting spiritual journey where the wisdom from all the world's faith traditions is honored. My understanding of our UU faith has deepened as I have prepared sermons, taught lifespan faith development courses, and completed the readings and other tasks required for my Ministerial Fellowshipping. I continue to be challenged and rewarded."

Ernie Mills. Recounting his experience with UUism, Ernie observes, "Opening up a UU hymnal opened up another phase in my life. Its songs and readings provide a roadmap for an adventurous and exciting spiritual journey where the wisdom from all the world's faith traditions is honored. My understanding of our UU faith has deepened as I have prepared sermons, taught lifespan faith development courses, and completed the readings and other tasks required for my Ministerial Fellowshipping. I continue to be challenged and rewarded."

OUR MINISTER EMERITUS

REVEREND ERNEST L. MILLS, JR.

The title Minister Emeritus is granted to honor long and meritorious service to a congregation where the minister has given devoted and competent ministerial leadership. This title was granted to Ernie by the Congregation on the date of his final service for UUTC: April 26, 2015. Ordained to the UU ministry in 2007, Ernie completed a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He began his ministry in the United Methodist Church, serving as director of education, assistant pastor, and minister. Prior to joining UUTC in June 2002, Ernie was Chaplain and Instructor at Brevard College. 

Leaving his long-time affiliation with United Methodism was, as Mills has said, one of the most difficult decisions of his life. But in 2002 he resigned his position at Brevard College and became part-time minister to the small congregation of Unitarian Universalists who are now known as UUTC.

His strong interest in depth psychology and his love of folk guitar and mountain storytelling enhance his theology and brought an added dimension to his ministry. As lead singer and guitarist for the Eclectics, Ernie performed regularly for the congregation. And for more than a decade he led a lively men's discussion group open to anyone within the community to discuss weekly a wide variety of religious and secular issues--a group which continues to thrive today.