This 2002–2004 period was spent in interim ministry at the High Street Unitarian Universalist Church in Macon, Georgia. High Street's previous settled ministry ended terribly — just as the congregation was making plans to vacate their church building for a year due to structural renovations. My ministry with the Macon church was largely about providing stable leadership during a time of transition. They were a great congregation with energetic and committed leadership. In the last year of the interim ministry High Street Church grew more than twenty percent and the congregation was optimistic about its future. During that interim ministry, for the first time in the congregation's memory, High Street U.U. Church raised enough funds in its pledge drive to completely fund its budget
After the interim ministry in Macon I accepted the interim ministry at the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, Pennsylvania. During the first year of the interim ministry the congregation decided to take stock of its situation, underwent an analysis of its membership growth potential and chose to go to two Sunday services. Going to two Sunday services meant raising twenty percent more money for the annual budget. The congregation raised the needed money partly due to evidence that the congregation could grow significantly based upon the ten percent growth in membership during the first year of the interim ministry.
During the first year at West Chester my personal life changed significantly as well. I met my wife, Jennifer Johnston. We plan to live in the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey/Northern Delaware area for the foreseeable future.
In 2006 I accepted the three-quarter time interim ministry at the Thomas Paine U.U. Fellowship in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. During that year we worked on coming to terms with a painful history, added a much-needed administrative assistant to the church staff and had the most successful pledge drive in the congregation's history. Though the congregation was committed to having a two-year interim ministry, I felt that the congregation would benefit from exposure to another style of ministerial leadership and I chose not to renew for a second year of interim ministry.
At the same time that I began the interim ministry at the Thomas Paine U.U. Fellowship I also began a quarter-time, consulting ministry at the Dorothea Dix U.U. Community in Crosswicks, New Jersey. Over the course of those four years that I served as their minister, the congregation grew in ministries with younger membership and a children's religious education program. Though the Dorothea Dix congregation is small in numbers, I was continually impressed by their commitment to "hands on" social justice projects and their supportive community. It was a real pleasure serving as their consulting minister.
From autumn of 2008 to 2010 I served as the consulting minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia. The congregation had gone through a tumultuous time in the previous settled ministry and the almost two years of that consulting ministry were largely spent in dealing with issues around the previous ministry and stabilizing the congregation.
From 2010 to 2012 I served as the interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek in Newark, Delaware. During that time we dealt primarily with issues around grief over the long-serving minister's retirement and putting the congregation's finances in better working order.
In the 2012–2013 church year I served as interim minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, DE. The second year of an intentional two-year interim, the ministry focused on setting a process for ministry evaluation, establishing a committee on ministry using the Lathom model, and normalizing the relationship between minister and congregation.
I entered the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lower Bucks in Langhorne, PA as their half-time consulting minister for 2013–2014. It quickly became apparent that a consulting ministry would not work as the congregation was mired in grief over their previous minister's resignation, needed to examine its expectations about professional ministry, and needed to reflect on its future plans. Because of the half-time nature of the interim ministry, the intense winter, and the six-month period, little has been accomplished in the interim ministry process. The congregation is adapting to differing expectations of part-time ministry.
I am currently serving as the interim minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County in Baptistown, New Jersey. The congregation has been dealing with a new vision of ministry and considering its future. The congregation successfully called a minister in May 2016.
In 2012 I embarked upon a new journey and began classes for a Master of Science in Pastoral Mental Health Counseling at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. Coursework included Theological Reflection, Marriage and Family Counseling, Theoretical Models, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, Multicultural Counseling and many other courses. I have had hands-on experience through a year of Practicum and Internship. My coursework will end in December 2016 and I will graduate in Spring 2017. My goal is to serve a Unitarian Universalist congregation and also work part-time as a professional counselor. So far, I have been able to balance the full-time work of congregational ministry and still take classes and internship.