In the Unitarian Universalist denomination, congregations “call” their ministers. Ministers also choose their congregations.
Occasionally there is a gap when a congregation’s minister has left and a new minister has not yet arrived. We are currently in such a brief phase. During the term of an interim minister, UU congregations search for a “settled” minister expected to serve for at least several years.
BRUU’s “interim” minister in 2016-17 is Rev. Madelyn Campbell. She fully qualified and works full-time with all the skills and responsibilities as our minister, with the knowledge that she will seek another congregation after BRUU completes its standard search process.
She comes to BRUU in mid-August after serving two years as interim minister at the UU Church of the Shenandoah Valley, which had this info on their website:
Rev. Madelyn originally hails from New York City. She was raised in a Conservative Jewish family (Madelyn was the religious one), but left the synagogue in high school when she felt excluded because she was a woman.
She discovered the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, VA in 1988, which is where she originally heard the call to ministry. Even so, she placed the call on hold for a long time.
Rev. Madelyn Campbell took the scenic route to ministry. She earned a BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1984, and then attended graduate school at both SUNY Albany and Georgetown University where she studied neuroscience, before she answered her first call – to nursing.
Rev. Madelyn earned her ADN from Marymount University in 1990 and worked as a critical-care nurse before earning her MSN from George Mason University in 1996 and working as a nurse practitioner. She also taught nursing at George Mason University.
Madelyn has been a substitute teacher in Arlington County, VA, and has also taught horseback riding and various college classes. She discovered that she loved teaching, and this informs her ministry style.
Rev. Madelyn has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary (2014) and is currently finishing a certificate in the Arts and Theology there, as well. She has a 25-year history of lay-leadership in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, where she first heard her call to ministry.
She served the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church as their first-ever intern minister in 2013-2014. She also served as the Consulting Minister to Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in 2014-2015.
Madelyn was ordained jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in April, 2015.
Rev. Madelyn was ordained on the same weekend that she began serving on the Board of Directors of the Joseph Priestley District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Madelyn is widowed and has nine children and nine grandchildren (so far). Currently, she lives in her Arlington home with one daughter and one cat.
Madelyn is a Hebrew Bible geek, a Doctor Who fan, and a Harry Potter fan, and she loves all things Joss Whedon. Also the New York Yankees. But she maintains good and strong relations with Red Sox fans.