Rev. Andrew Young is serving as chair of the board. Originally from central Texas, Andrew has been living in Tokyo, Japan since late 2017. Before being ordained by the Christian Universalist Association, Andrew served both UUA and UCC churches in various ministry capacities. He received his MA in Theological Studies from Austin Presybterian Theological Seminary. Andrew is currently the bivocational pastor of Community Universalist Church, an online Universalist Christian community. He is especially interested in theology, diversity, inclusion, eccumenicism, inter-religious dialogue, liturgy, and mysticism. Andrew feels especially called to help build bridges between the church and marginalized communities, especially those in the LGBT+ community.

Rev. Dr. Don Algeo Don is a rare book dealer, writer, and former philosophy professor. He was ordained through the CUA in 2016, and has since that time served as pastor of a Congregational UCC church in upstate New York. His interests include learning languages, weightlifting, and restoring old books to health.

Rev. Dr. Leonard “Fred” Howard, MD is an ordained minister of the Christian Universalist Association.  His roots are deep in Georgia soil, being born and raised in Macon, attending Valdosta State College and the Medical College of Georgia, and then practicing medicine as a family physician in Cairo and Douglas for twenty years.  In 2002 he heard the call to ministry, closing his medical practice and attending seminary at Emory’s Candler School of Theology.  
For eleven years Fred served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta (2008 to 2018.) During those years he also worked with several nonprofit organizations.  He served on the Board of Directors of Peacemakers, an organization that fosters world peace by teaching children ethical values common to all religions and denominations in a summer camp program, and the board of Project Harvest Hope (PHH), an organization that works with Unitarian congregations in Transylvania to promote sustainable economic development. 
Fred has special interests in contemplative spirituality, mind body medicine, and interfaith and intercultural exchange.  He has served on the ordination committee of the Christian Universalist Association since 2012.
He is author of Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker, a collection of stories that were instrumental in Fred’s spiritual formation. Fred has also authored a mystery novel, Children of Covenant, and Nerdle the Turtle, a children’s book. He has three grown children, eight grandchildren, and currently resides in Jacksonville Florida. 

Kyle Russell handls a range of tasks within the CUA, including Scribe for the Board of Directors, and IT consultant/lead for the CUA website. Kyle practiced law for a number of years, in private practice and as a corporate negotiator, including teaching law as an adjunct college professor, and then following a teaching opportunity for a year in Europe and Russia. After returning to the U.S., he retired from law practice and pursued his dream in IT. He holds an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in .NET programming, and now works for the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury as an IT Specialist, developing and implementing server monitoring systems. Kyle is married to “Maggie” Maloy, with their forever family of three merry rescue dogs, and a lively gaggle of grandkids, to all dote on. In his spare time Kyle is a devoted cinephile, fly-fisher, and animal enthusiast, studies theology, and chases dragons as a veteran online gamer.

Rev. Connie Pace-Adair studies at Sancta Sophia began in search of The Divine Feminine. In 2009, following two years’ classes, Rev. Connie ended her Doctoral Studies after certification as a Pastoral Counselor via Light of Christ Community Church, on campus. Family health issues with Mother, Aunt, and Mother-in-Law ensued, ending for all three at their deaths and final Memorial Ceremonies. Chaplain positions at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, and OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City brought Rev. Connie into close relationships with patients and staff members at both. In 2012, following completion at OU Medical Center, Rev. Connie began Ordinand’s Studies with CUA. She was ordained in January, 2013, and ministers wherever called. Rev. Connie spent five years at Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita as Pastoral Care Director. Chapel services, Bible Studies, Pastoral Counsel and all services for residents and staff were offered as needed. COVID contingencies forced the Pastoral Care Department’s end. Currently, Rev. Connie is on-call with God Squad Wedding Ministers of Wichita and travels within that area to perform wedding ceremonies.

Rev. William “Bill” Robinson III has a long history of teaching & preaching CU throughout the Rocky Mountain region; and enjoys Fraternal and Social activities throughout Colorado. He has an AB degree, from Princeton, a Master’s of Theology from Iliff Seminary, was licensed by the Universalist Church of America, was the Senior Minister of First Universalist Church of Denver, and has a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He holds ordination from both the CUA & the UU.

Michael J. Licata holds a BS in Economics from Norwich University, and an MBA from the University of North Dakota. A retired US Air Force Colonel, he earned numerous campaign and service medals. After retirement, he taught High School in New York City for 5 years, then started a part-time security consulting business. Michael lives in central New Jersey with his wife of 38 years. They have 2 married daughters, and 2 grandchildren.

Jess Lederman is the founder and managing editor of The Works of George MacDonald (, a website devoted to books, articles, art, and music about, or inspired by, George MacDonald’s sermons, lectures, poems, prose, and prayers. He’s also an award-winning author who writes about the “struggle, passion, and adventure of faith.” Jess’ most recent novel, Hearts Set Free was an Amazon best-seller, and his newest work, The Ballad of Henry Midnight, is expected to be released sometime in 2023. When he’s not writing, Jess can either be found at the piano; in the kitchen waxing enthusiastic over his wife’s cooking; or chasing his youngest son into Pretend Land…and beyond!

Omar Miranda is currently working on a podcast as an expression of Christian faith and a Chaplain Candidate in the US Air Force Reserves. He was an AmeriCorps member of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for self-sufficiency Program. Omar served out of the South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Besides performing legal research, he conducted a study on Emergency Shelters and a state wide project on Limited English Proficiency. While working in AmeriCorps he briefly served as a board member of the Cape Cod Immigrant Center. He has written marketing plans as well as blogs related to social issues. And, has worked in government and is very interested in International relations as well as non-profit organizations. 

Steven HAuse grew up in Bolivia as the child of evangelical missionaries. As an English language teacher, he has lived and taught in Bolivia, Spain, and Japan. He studied media production at Florida State University and often can be found working on various video projects. Steven is the creator of the YouTube channel Love Unrelenting, which focuses primarily on Christian universalism.

Rajan Hamid (or Raj as he likes to be called) was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Raj was introduced to God at a young age; with some of his earliest memories being of his family watching the classic film ‘Jesus’ (starring Brian Deacon) on VHS tape as a child. 
Raj has now embarked on his life-mission to share God’s message of love, mercy, and salvation – with a world in growing need of that bright hope more than ever.
Raj is also a huge sports fan (especially of his Edmonton Oilers, and Dallas Cowboys); he’s passionate about the supernatural and science, loves to travel (especially long road trips with good friends), and is big into physical fitness and martial arts.
One of Raj’s go-to Bible verses is Romans 8:31; because truly, if God is with you, then it doesn’t matter who’s against you…”

Annika Singer was born in South East London in 1980. She was raised a Catholic and found Christian Universalism in her thirties. Sheloves exploring the Jewish identity of Jesus. She studied History and French at university in Canterbury, Kent and completed a Masters Degree in History and Religion, focusing on the delivery of Holocaust Education in the UK and the problem of Evil. Annika trained in Journalism at the London School of Journalism and completed a post- graduate certificate in Teaching and Education. She teaches Religious Studies, History and Politics in a secondary school in Kent, where she is Assistant Headteacher. Annika lives in rural Kent with her Bulgarian husband and her three children Amelie, Elena and Louis. She enjoys playing the piano, running and yoga. She reads widely and particularly enjoys the writings of David Bentley- Hart, Rob Bell, Julie Ferwada and Steve Chalke. She loves red wine, dark chocolate and curry! She hopes to gently spread the universalist message with love and a sense of humour.

Lucas R. Taylor is the Pastor of First Universalist Church, Brooklyn PA
Lucas, born and raised on a dairy farm in Hop Bottom, PA. He went to Mountain View School District and was a 2006 graduate. He attended Keystone College in La Plume, PA, and earned a B.S. in Teaching: Child and Society, with a minor in Psychology in 2010.
Lucas is the part minister at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn PA. This is his home church, where he grew up in Sunday School and Vacation bible school. He has attended from when he was christened at the church in October 1988 until present. He currently holds a full-time career at Keystone College in Institutional Advancement/Alumni/Community Relations. Lucas has worked at Keystone College since August 2010. Lucas has studied and taught around the world in places like Greece, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Lucas has high energy for human and community development, he hopes to be full of grace and faithfulness within his congregation, church, and community to make a better world for all people.

Rev James (“Jim”) Egbert has been a member of the CUA since 2013. Jim received a BA from Hofstra University and a JD Degree from St. John’s University in Queens New York. He received a certificate IN Education For Ministry from the University of the South School of Theology, Swanee Tennessee and additional education in the CUA Ordination Program. Jim was ordained by the UCA in 2015. He received Clinical Pastoral Education from Jefferson Health System and additional training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he worked as a Chaplain from 2015 through 2021. Currently, he serves as a Chaplain at Grand View Hospital in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Jim was a member of the Board of Directors from 2016 and Board Chair beginning in January 2020 until December 2022 when, pursuant to CUA By-Laws he relinquished his position on the Board. He was renominated to serve beginning in 2024. Jim lives in Lansdale Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with wife and family and sailing on Chesapeake Bay.

John Bettencourt was raised in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, where he grew close to the Lord at a young age. He served over 20 years in the US Army and Coast Guard as an officer and helicopter pilot, and holds a Masters degree in Strategic Intelligence. Since he retired from the service in 2015, he has held senior management roles in the air medical transport and healthcare industries. As his career has taken him to several locations around the world and US, he has served in local churches as a deacon and led missions, youth, and homeless ministries. John is passionate about the theology of ultimate reconciliation and the beautiful unifying message of Christian Universalism. He and his wife of 25 years now reside in Alabama.

Seneca Harbin is a United States Army Infantry veteran with multiple overseas combat tours. After coming to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 32, he has dedicated his life to helping others find a meaningful relationship with God. Seneca is graduate of Sonoran Desert Institute and Grace Christian University. As the founder and President of Veteran Support Ministry and Christian Centered Counseling, along with being a hospice chaplain, a police chaplain and a licensed pastor, Seneca serves the body of Christ through creating Christ centered personal relationships. Seneca is married to his high school love and together they have 3 children. In his spare time Seneca enjoys motivational speaking and coaching youth sports.

Wendy Burnfield has authored two books, The Love and Compassion of God, and Abundant Mercy: A Devotional for Universalism. Her passion is to mentor and pray with those who are experiencing a crisis of faith or have questions about Christianity. Since 2002, she has volunteered for a discipleship ministry that connects with seekers from all over the world (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Russia, etc.). Previously she has been a spiritual counselor for Billy Graham Crusades, Fish-the-Net, and Know-Him evangelism ministries. Wendy is also a certified Minister and was accepted to Tyndale Theological Seminary with a full scholarship but did not attend due to her objection to the doctrine of eternal conscience torment. Wendy is married to author David Burnfield and manages the website Patristic

Allen J. Broadus is a native of South Carolina. He was born and raised in Columbia. Allen’s early religious formation was largely the result of his Grandmother who would make sure her family was in the pew every time the doors of the Church seemed to be open. This ingrained in Allen the importance of a personal relationship with God at an early age. After graduating High School Allen joined the United States Navy and began to train as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and Engineering Laboratory Technician. After training, Allen served the rest of his enlistment assigned to a fast attack submarine. Upon completion of his naval enlistment Allen became more active in church activities as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During this time, Allen served on various local and area committees specializing in the teaching and missionary efforts. It was also during this time that Allen’s personal relationship with God began to grow in unexpected yet tremendous ways. It was during this time that Allen began to feel the weight of mistreatment minority communities and the LGBT+ community faced in the church he was a member of. Allen revered God as a God of love and strived to see that love reflected in the treatment of all God’s children. As such, Allen left his church and became a missionary focused minister with The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship. Allen is now actively engaged in a ministry which proclaims the universal nature of God’s love and salvation. Allen currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is working towards completing his Master’s in Divinity.