Welcome new CUA Board Members

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 Master’s 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.

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.

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.

Rev. Lucas Taylor, 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.

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