Rev Madelyn

Rev Madelyn Campbell is BRUU’s interim minister for the period from September 2016 through June 2018. During this period BRUU is conducting its search for a called minister, and we recognize the complexities inherent in this transition period. In addition to being fellowshipped and ordained as a UU minister, Rev. Madelyn Campbell has taken specialized training to serve as an interim minister to assist BRUU to proudly come into possession of a renewed vision and strong stewardship, prepared for new growth and new professional leadership and ready to embrace the future with anticipation and zest.


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. She is also a military chaplain in the United States Coast Guard.

Rev. Madelyn has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary (2014) and earned a certificate in the Arts and Theology there, as well. She earned a certificate in Biblical storytelling from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling and is currently the only UU certified Biblical storyteller.  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.