Saturday, June 15, 2013

New Assistant Minister Announced

It is with great joy that we formally announce Reverend Justin Martin as the new Assistant Minister of Piedmont UU Church!  On August 15th, Rev. Justin will assume his ministry with us, which will include pastoral care, membership development and religious education for children and youth. 

Rev. Justin Martin

Rev. Justin comes to us with high recommendations and a wealth of experience in membership care as well as religious education.  He currently serves as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, Virginia. We are glad to have Rev. Justin bringing his Director of Religious Education experience into the new full time position of Assistant Minister where he will direct the religious education program.  Prior to serving in Reston, Rev. Justin was the intern minister at the UU Congregation of Fairfax, Virginia.  He also has experience in church administration and served as the religious education coordinator for the UU Church of Arlington, Virginia.  Reverend Justin has served large congregations as well as congregations comparable to our size.  He is highly skilled in adapting to changing systems.

In addition to his experience in religious education, references noted that Rev. Justin is “very enthusiastic, truly called, has an excellent sense of humor, takes the work seriously (but not himself), and is very attentive to people.”  Rev. Justin impressed the Personnel Committee with his pastoral presence, emotional depth, wit, and creative ideas.  He comes with experience in membership development and pastoral care systems that will enhance the ministry of the Piedmont UU Church.  During his interviews, both our Board President, Lucy Neel, as well as the Chair of the Religious Education Council, Susie Benner felt Rev. Justin would be a great fit.

Rev. Justin grew up in the Appalachians.  He and his wife, Jessica, are looking forward to returning to the South and living closer to family.  They have two young children.  Jessica works as an environmental lawyer.  We’re excited to have Rev. Justin and his family join our PUUC family!

Rev. Justin will be visiting with us the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.  We encourage you to come to Sunday services and get a chance to meet him.  In the meantime, we invite you to check out his online packet found

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