Meet the Rev. Dr. Gretchen L. Woods!

Our Interim Minister

Photograph of the Rev. Dr. Gretchen L. Woods

The Rev. Dr. Gretchen L. Woods joins UUCL as Interim Minister in August 2013. She comes to UUCL from All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served as Interim Minister beginning in August 2011. Before serving All Souls, the Rev. Dr. Woods completed twelve years of fully settled ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, and was named Minister Emerita upon her retirement. Prior to that, she served seven years at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, Virginia, and seven years at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bremerton, Washington.

Before answering the call to ministry, the Rev. Dr. Woods was a public school music teacher, a professional singer, a writer of public relations material, a poet, and the mother of two sons and a foster daughter. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, a Master of Religious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Northwest Theological Union (since absorbed into Seattle University) in Seattle, Washington.

The Rev. Dr. Woods helped co-found Confluence, the Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Choir of the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon, the fourth GALA choir in which she has sung. In her free time, she enjoys reading theology and science fiction, travel, and writing poetry. She and her life-companion, Judy Finholm, live in the Hamburg area of Lexington with a dog whom they fostered, then adopted. They have five children and three granddaughters. Ask about them!

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