Our Ministers and Staff
Staff Retreat Photo, August 31, 2016
Names, left to right: Front row: Abigael Crecca, Florence Caplow, Bruce Bode, Christopher Overman; Back row: Beau Ohlgren, Joseph Bednarik, Marj Iuro, Kathy Stevenson, Deborah Carroll; Upper back row: Pattie Miles
Rev. Bruce Bode
email: Rev. Bruce Bode
Bruce A Bode, a native of Lynden WA, is in his 13th year as the minister of this fellowship. Before coming to Port Townsend, he was interim minister of First Unitarian Church of Houston TX from 2002-2004, and Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa OK from 2001-2001. Prior to that, he served for 22 years as an associate minister at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids MI, a large, independent, religiously liberal congregation. He is a 1969 graduate of Calvin College and a 1973 graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids MI.
Rev. Florence Caplow
email: Rev. Florence Caplow
Rev. Florence Caplow is the new second minister at QUUF. In 2014-2015 she was the intern minister here and in April 2016 she was ordained by Two Rivers UU of Carbondale CO. She is a “cradle” UU as well as a Soto Zen priest and teacher, and spent many years as a conservation biologist. An avid writer, her most recent book is The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. Her blog is called Slipping Glimpser: Zen wanderings and wonderings. She and Rev. Bode share responsibility for ministry at QUUF through the end of June 2017, after which she is moving to help her elderly mother. She will be serving the UU Congregation of Urbana Champaign.
email: Joseph Bednarik
Joseph Bednarik serves as the Pulpit Assistant and curates the annual Favorite Poem Service. He and his family have been active members at QUUF since 1999. In addition to preaching at QUUF, he also speaks monthly at Olympic UU Fellowship in Sequim.
Director of Family Ministry
email: Kathy Stevenson
Kathy Stevenson has been QUUF’s religious educator since 1987. She became credentialed through the UUA in 2005 and is a leader in LREDA, the religious educators’ professional group. A life-long Unitarian and an early childhood educator, she finds working with Unitarian Universalist children and parents inspiring and rewarding. She enjoys continued opportunities to grow in knowledge, compassion and spirit.
email: Marj Iuro
Marj Iuro has served as QUUF’s choir director since August 2000. Choral music is her passion. In addition to directing the QUUF choir, she has sung with the Wild Rose Chorale since 1997 and has been very involved in the Port Townsend/East Jefferson County Community Chorus since 2010. She feels blessed to have her vocation and her passion blend so well.
email: Deborah Carroll
Deborah Carroll has served QUUF as Congregational Administrator since 2009. She supervises the administrative operations of QUUF including finances, facilities and the central office. She is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators.
email: Abigael Crecca
Abi began her role of Membership Coordinator at QUUF in May 2016. She and her family have been attending QUUF since 2011, and have lived in Port Townsend since 1991. Find her on Sunday mornings at the QUUF Greeters Table, or connect with her at the above email address.
email: Pattie Miles
Pattie is entering her second year as Office Manager for QUUF. She works closely with staff, committee leaders, and other volunteers to create the Weekly Update newsletter and the Congregational Announcements for the Sunday Service bulletins. Pattie also schedules building use on the QUUF calendar, welcomes visitors to the QUUF campus, fields phone inquiries, facilitates printing, and manages the general needs of the office.
email: Beau Ohlgren
Beau joined as our Youth Coordinator in 2015 and works with the high school YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) group. From Cons (biannual high-school UU gatherings) to Polar Plunges in January to shared meals and interesting discussions, he delights in working with the youth here at QUUF. He lives in Port Townsend with his two cats and spends his time reading, singing, gardening, and hanging with his godson.
email: Christopher Overman
Christopher Overman Is QUUF’s first sexton, joining the staff in 2011. One definition of sexton is: a person who looks after a church and churchyard, sometimes acting as bell-ringer and formerly as a gravedigger. As Christopher did ring in the New Year at Dances of Universal Peace and helped with the Columbarium design, this definition fits!