Meet Our Ministers

                                     

Kathleen. Closeup (3)Interim Senior Minister
The Reverend Kathleen C. Rolenz

Email: krolenz@uuannapolis.org

Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz is serving as UUCA’s Interim Senior Minister from January 2018 – June 2020.  She comes to UUCA with twenty-five years experience in parish ministry.  She attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO and graduated in 1993 summa cum laude.
Rev. Rolenz’s first position was at the Westside UU Church of Knoxville, TN, before moving to Charlottesville, VA where she served as Chaplain Resident at the University of Virginia Medical Center and as the Interim Minister of the UU Church of Glen Allen, VA (Interim)

From 2000 – 2016,  Rev. Kathleen, was the Senior Co-Minister of the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Cleveland, OH with her husband, the Rev. Wayne Arnason.  During their sixteen years, Rev. Rolenz re-invigorated their worship program, renovated the building, re-designed their social justice program, and were fortunate to take two sabbaticals.  From her first sabbatical, she and her husband produced “Worship that Works” a book on the theory and practice of worship. A second edition of the book was published in September 2017.

During her time at West Shore, Rev. Rolenz wrote, edited or co-edited four books: Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism; Worship that Works; Sources of our Faith, and Restored to Sanity: Essays on the Twelve Steps by Unitarian Universalists.  She currently has two additional books in the queue of Skinner House Books: The People’s Work: Reflections on Liturgy and Life; and The Free Thinker’s Bible: A Guide for the Curious, Contemptuous and Already Convinced, both by Skinner House.

She is the former President of the UUMA Meadville Lombard Chapter and served as President, Vice President, Editor of the Unitarian Univeralist Christian Fellowship.

Kathleen became an Accredited Interim Minister in Training (AIM-IT) in May 2017.  Her last interim ministry was with the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship  (FVUUF) in Appleton, WI, (700 members) following the 25 year ministry of Rev. Roger Bertschausen.  She worked with FVUUF’s board on clarifying their governance structure and their relationship with the Senior Minister and helped to prepare them to call their next Senior Minister, the Rev. Christina Leone Tracy.  While serving as Interim, Rev. Rolenz was a public voice for the church’s Black Lives Matter Banner, and served as co-facilitator for the  “Beloved Conversations on Race and Ethnicity”  to FVUUF.

Although she loved being a settled minister, Rev. Rolenz has found a passion for interim ministry.  She enjoys walking with congregations through this transitional time; getting to know a church’s culture and people and sharing with them her skills in worship, governance, administration, and social justice.  She is an accredited Spiritual Director by the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Direction, and brings that discerning eye to her interim work.  When not writing sermons, reading by-laws or visiting members of UUCA, she can be found singing or dancing in the church kitchen to old show tunes, reading the Washington Post, trying to make it through an impressive list of ibooks or practicing the violin or piano.  She maintains a home in Charlottesville, VA but lives in Annapolis for the duration of the interim.  She’s delighted to be with UUCA and looks forward to getting to know both UUCA and Annapolis.

 

revjohnlifetouchAssociate Minister
The Reverend John T. Crestwell, Jr.

Email: jcrestwell@uuannapolis.org

Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr. is the Associate Minister at the UUCA and founder of AWAKE Ministries where he sought and successfully broadens the emotional, racial, and intercultural competencies of children and adults through contemporary worship, music, mentoring, life coaching, and community service.

He is formerly the minister of Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, Maryland where he assisted the congregation in expanding into a multiracial church. Under his leadership, Davies was 40% racially diverse (4 out of 10 congregants were people of color).

Rev. John is a member of the Anne Arundel County United Advocacy Team, UUA President’s Council, and on the National Cancer Institute Intramural Review Board (IRB) under the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  He formerly served on boards for Hospice of the Chesapeake, the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD), where he was briefly the Director of Outreach; and on boards for United Methodist Reporter Communications in Dallas, Texas, and the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF).

Previously, Rev. John was an affiliated faculty professor at the UU seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological in Chicago; and also an adjunct professor at Potomac College in Washington, DC, teaching Comparative Religion, African American History and Public Speaking.

He is author of the books, Conversations: The Hidden Truth That Keeps The World From Being At Peace, published in 2001; The Charge of the Chalice published in 2007, which tells the story of Davies Memorial’s growth in racial diversity; and You Were Made for so Much More: Interfaith Lessons to Transform our World, in 2016. Rev. John is also a contributing author in several Skinner House publications.

Prior to ministry, John worked in marketing and advertising. He received a BA in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and a Masters in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  He is currently working on a PhD in psychology.

Rev. Crestwell was the Sunday Morning Worship leader/speaker at the 2012 UUA General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona where he delivered a sermon to over 4,000 people.

John has always been committed to working with/for the marginalized and is a self-proclaimed UU Evangelist.  He is married to Joni R. Crestwell and has five mostly adult children (three biological and two step-kids).

MUIR, FRED; (Staff)33Minister Emeritus
The Reverend Dr. Fred Muir

Rev. Dr. Fred Muir retired in December 2017 after 34 years at UUCA.  He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (DC). He began his parish ministry over thirty years ago by serving a congregation in a small town in Maine. Since 1984, he has served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

He is the author of five books: A Reason for Hope: Liberation Theology Confronts a Liberal Faith; Heretics’ Faith: A Vocabulary for Religious Liberals; and Maglipay Universalist: The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines; The Whole World Kin: Darwin and the Spirit of Liberal Religion; and Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism. He is co-editor of and contributing essayist to The Safe Congregation Handbook: Nurturing Healthy Boundaries in Our Faith Communities. He has also contributed essays to: Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant; With Purpose and Principle: Essays about the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism; and Creating Safe Congregations: Toward an Ethic of Right Relations.

In 1989 he published “Annapolis On the Bay: Camelot or Crisis? (Housing and Community by Race and Population, 1950-1988)”. Fred served on the Annapolis Human Relations Commission for four years. He frequently testifies and witnesses in support of anti-racism, an end to discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, and leads and supports his faith community and others who seek to “affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people with justice, equity, and compassion.” Since 9/11/2001, Fred has given considerable effort to working for interfaith understanding among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. In 2007 he was honored with the Martin Luther King Peacemaker award “for substantial and sustained leadership in furthering the cause of social justice in our community”.

He has done extensive work for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on sexual misconduct and safe congregations. He is a board member of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of MD. He has been a co-facilitator of the Empowerment Workshop for the Department of Faith in Action, UUA. He has served on the UUA’s Joseph Priestley District’s anti-racism team and also the South-East Regional Sub-committee on [Ministerial] Candidacy. Until recently, he was the vice-president of the UU Partner Church Council and now is a member of the UUA International Advisory Committee.  He formerly served on the UU Minister’s Association (UUMA) Executive Committee with the portfolio of Good Offices. Recently, Fred was chosen to deliver the UUMA Berry Street Lecture at the 2012 UUA General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona.

He is married to Karen, who is a retired social studies teacher for AACPS.  They have two adult children, Kristina and Andrew, who attended Georgetown East Elementary, Annapolis Middle, and Annapolis Senior High.