Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Bruce Johnson, Contract Minister
Rev. Bruce Johnson joins us once a month from Duluth, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife Dianne. He completed an eleven-year ministry in Duluth, in 2022, and is now in the process of ‘down-shifting’ from full-time employment toward eventual retirement. He was born in Duluth, and he grew up in a Unitarian family on the North Shore of Lake Superior. After graduating from Two Harbors High School in 1971, he spent the next 40 years ‘wandering in the wilderness,’ attending college and divinity school in New England, then serving UU congregations in Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and again in Vermont before finally returning back home to my roots in 2011, when he was called to serve the Duluth congregation. He has two adult sons: one in Los Angeles (Matthew) and one in Vermont (Nathaniel). Matthew and his wife, Genevieve, also have a two-year old son (Griffin). His philosophy of ministry rests heavily upon the creative, sustaining, healing and transformative power of stories.
Rev. Greg Jones, Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Greg serves as a full-time staff chaplain at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He grew up in Minnesota, where he completed his first round of graduate studies at the U of M before embarking on a 25-year journey to the East Coast. After completing his seminary education at Andover Newton in 2019, he returned home to the Upper Midwest and arrived in La Crosse when he began a two-year chaplaincy residency at Gundersen in 2020. He loves La Crosse and is grateful for his Community Ministry affiliation with the Fellowship.
Heather McCracken, Congregational Administrator
After spending over a decade in the classroom teaching writing and literature, Heather decided to make the leap and change careers in 2020. Inspired by a commitment to equity and social justice, she hoped to find fulfilling work that supported a compassionate organization and community, and so she is thrilled to have found a home at UU La Crosse. Outside of work, Heather spends her time knitting, playing board games, practicing yoga, and kayaking.
Working Hours: Sunday 8:00 – 3:00; Monday – Thursday 9:00 to 5:00
On-site and Zoom meetings are available by appointment with notice. You can contact Heather with questions, assistance, and/or to schedule a meeting via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 608-796-9993 (will respond during working hours).
Carmen Golay, Director of Religious Education
Carmen is a long-time UU, having spent time in congregations in upstate New York and Honolulu, where she was a RE Coordinator during early pandemic months and remote learning. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies. In 2021 after 16 years in Hawaii, she and her family relocated back to the midwest. When she’s not working or planting something you can find her plunking away on a keyboard writing on various blogs or hunched over a sketchbook working on an illustration.
Kjersten is a a musical theatre major with a minor in dance and arts administration at Viterbo University. Some hobbies include scrapbooking, playing guitar, and running. She is excited to be working in such an inclusive and social justice oriented community!
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