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Rev. Dr. John T. Morehouse
(203) 227-7205 ext. 12
Rev. Dr. John Morehouse is a fifth generation Unitarian (one of his great-grandfathers was a Unitarian minister) and he grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. After graduating in anthropology from Grinnell College, Iowa in 1979, he started a solar energy business, and later held several positions in sales and marketing before feeling the call to ministry. He graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1990 and was ordained that year.
Rev. John’s first ministry was at First Unitarian Church, South Bend, IN. From 1994-2005 he served as Senior Minister of the UU Congregation of Frederick, MD. There he led the congregation through a three-fold increase in membership and budget, and a five-year multi-million dollar building campaign. From 2005-2015, Rev. John was Senior Lead Minister of Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Under his leadership, the congregation grew in size by more than 50% and its budget doubled. In 2008, it was recognized by the UUA as a “Breakthrough Congregation.”
Rev. John is well known as a leader in the UU movement. He is an Adjunct Professor and Teaching Pastor at Meadville Lombard Theological School, where he has taught courses in congregational polity and actively mentors intern ministers. He has completed his doctorate of ministry (graduated May, 2015), and his thesis “Creating Theology Together: A Curriculum for Spiritual Leadership” is focused on helping church leaders develop their shared theology. Rev. John is also board president and senior consultant of the Chalice Oak Foundation, an organization he founded to incubate and grow UU social justice programs.
At the Unitarian Church in Westport, Rev. John has found his latest calling serving a congregation that is seeking its direction forward, uniting its past with its new future – a congregation committed to growing in spirit, institutional maturity and civic identity. Rev. John talks about “setting free the ministry” in each of us, creating a congregation that is not “minister centered” but “ministry centered.” With his skills in transforming congregations to dream of a better future, and in building stronger communities, Rev. John says, “I believe we could be the religion for our times.”
Rev. John and his wife, Francis, have been married for 30+ years. They have five daughters, Portia, Fiona, Courteny, Emma, and Madeline, and three grandchildren, Skye, Iris, and Ashur.
Read Rev. Dr. John Morehouse’s doctoral thesis – Creating Theology Together – A Curriculum for Spiritual Leadership Development
Rev. Ed Thompson
Minister of Music
(203) 227-7205 ext. 18
Edward Thompson, D.M.A., has been at this Church since 1978. He holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School and his Doctorate from the University of Hartford. Dr. Thompson is a past Dean of the Fairfield West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has concertized throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, he teaches privately, coaches, composes and accompanies throughout the area. He is an active member of the Unitarian-Universalist Musician’s Network.
I am originally from Winnipeg, and have lived and worked in several States and provinces before moving to Europe in 2005. Switzerland has been my home for over ten years now, living in a small village near Basel with my Swiss husband, Michael and our Italian water dog, Vita. We enjoy our summer holidays in Canada, sailing with my family near Winnipeg.. My first career was in nursing, which allowed me to experience many facets of caring for people in different areas of health care in different places around North America. After moving to Europe, volunteering with local community organizations and starting a new UU fellowship in Basel kept me engaged until I decided to follow a call to ministry. I have also been serving on the Executive Committee of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU), engaging with our global network. My mother is a UU minister, so serving our faith is a familiar path for me. I am now entering my third and final year of seminary to become a UU minister, and look forward to spending this year with the congregation in Westport. Once I am through with my studies, I will explore new ways to serve the international community.
Rev. Frank Hall
Frank Hall was called to this congregation in 1984, after serving a Unitarian Universalist church in Attleboro, Massachusetts, where he was ordained in 1972.
He has a Master of Theology degree from Boston University. His undergraduate degree is from Salem State College, and a Master’s in Education from Northeastern University in Boston. He taught at Wellesley High School from 1962-69, when he entered seminary.
Frank has two grown children, Jonathan and Susan, two grandchildren, Alex and Hannah, and he lives in Westport with his wife, Lory Nurenberg and step-daughter Carlyn.