Our Minister & Staff
Contact the Staff Team via Email:
- Minister: Reverend Jordinn Nelson Long
- Acting Director of Religious Education: Katy Joseph
- Youth Program Coordinator: Chelsea Burke
- Music Director: Dwight Thomas
- Office Administrator: Andrea Oliver
Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long, Minister
Rev. Jordinn is a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was called to UUSF by way of the Kansas City area, where she and her family spent the last 15 years. She is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, our Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. Before beginning seminary, Jordinn served two public school districts and two private schools as a teacher, and has taught kindergartners, infants and toddlers (and their parents) as a parent educator, and third and fourth grade special education.
Jordinn also holds a J.D. from the University of Utah’s SJ Quinney College of Law. While she knew early in law school that lawyering was not her particular calling, she finds the training in mediation, contract law, and civil rights to have been invaluable preparation for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry.
In our movement, Jordinn serves on the Executive Committee of the Ministerial Leadership Network, an initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), which is the direct-assistance human rights arm of our denomination. She has also served as a Ministry Fellow for the Church of the Larger Fellowship (our largest congregation; an international church without walls), and completed her formational training in Kansas City, Missouri, with All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
Jordinn’s husband Craig works in software development in Boston. Together, they have two sons, both students at Wood Elementary School in Fairhaven.
Rev. Jordinn keeps office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please message or call for an appointment.
Kate Joseph, Acting Director of Religious Education
Katy Joseph was born here in Fairhaven and raised at UUSF, graduating from the church school and Fairhaven High in 1997. She is a graduate of Mt. Ida College with a degree in elementary education, and loves working with children and families. In her other life, Katy is a full time paraprofessional in East Fairhaven Elementary’s early childhood program.
Katy brings a love of fun and a vast institutional knowledge of our church to her work; we are lucky to have her hands and heart to guide our Religious Education programs through our 2015-2017 interim period.
Katy maintains office hours on Sunday afternoons and by appointment; please message or call to find a time.
Dwight Thomas, Music Director
Dwight has been the music director at Unitarian Memorial Church since 1996. Originally from Pawtucket, RI, he now makes his home in New Bedford, and as an accomplished organist and pianist, provides music for Sunday worship services, organ recitals, weddings, memorial services, choir concerts and special events. Dwight directs the UUSF choir, which practices at 6:30 Thursday evenings during the church year, and on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. (Seats for newcomers or those who would like to try it out are always available.)
Dwight maintains office hours by appointment; message or call to arrange a convenient time.
Andrea Oliver, Office Administrator
Andrea Oliver was born and grew up in New Bedford, MA. After graduating from New Bedford High School and marrying her high school sweetheart, she traveled with her husband, who joined the Air Force.
Andrea moved with her husband, first, to Colorado, then to Idaho where her daughter and son were born. From there they lived in California for 10 years before relocating to the New Bedford area.
Andrea has lived in the Fairhaven area for more than 20 years, working in various office positions until landing the job of her dreams here at the Unitarian Universalist Church. She has been overseeing the office now since November of 2011 and enjoys the staff and congregation very much.
Andrea is in the office Monday-Thursday each week, 9:30-2:30.