Rev. Emilie Boggis
Emilie is our called minister of Congregational Life. She began her role with the congregation in September 2005 as Assistant Minister. In 2014, Rev. Boggis began taking on more of the ministerial aspects of congregational life, including membership, adult spiritual development and faith formation, and pastoral care.Emilie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School (a UU seminary in Chicago) in June 2005. She previously worked as a Americorps*VISTA volunteer at Habitat for Humanity.
Tuli Patel is our Executive Director.Tuli began her work with the Congregation in 2004 as Director of Religious Education. During her tenure as DRE, she built a robust program for children in grades Prek-8, including a junior youth group.In early 2014, the Board of Trustees asked Tuli to take on executive functions of the church in a new role as Executive Director. She brings her same enthusiasm and energy to the operations of the church as she did to the Religious Education program.
Rev. Robin Tanner
Rev. Robin Tanner is our called minister of Worship and Outreach.Rev. Robin was called to Beacon after a year-long search on May 22, 2016. She previously served as Lead Ministerof the Piedmont UU Church located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rev. Tanner has a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister. She believes in leading social change through spiritual transformation.
Rev. Jason Shelton
Rev. Jason Shelton is our Interim Music Directorfrom August through December 2018. He served as Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville from 1998-2017, and is now pursuing a freelance UU music ministry in the broader world. You might know his work through his hymns: Answering the Call of Love and The Fire of Commitment.In addition to his work as a composer, RevJasonis an active choral conductor and worship leader, and an advocate for using music as a means of creating community in multi-faith, multi-cultural environments. Formerly a Franciscan brother,Jasonreceived an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2003 and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2004.
Laura Beth Brown
Jamaine is our Youth Director . She began her time at Beacon as a Religious Education Assistant in May 2012 but her work with Children’s RE began much earlier. Jamaine has been an RE Teacher and volunteer at Beacon since 2007. In early 2014 Jamaine took on more responsibilities in the RE program as RE Coordinator and in 2017, after becoming credentialed with the UUA, accepted the position of Youth Director.Jamaine spent many years in the entertainment industry as an Assistant Director for film, television and commercials. After growing tired of the commute and 16+ hour workdays, she decided to change careers for something more family-friendly. In April 2017, Jamainecompleted her credentialing with the UUA’sReligious Educator Credentialing Program.Curretnly, she is learning to speak Spanish in hopes of communicatingbetter withHispanic families in our community.
A military brat “from everywhere & nowhere”, Jamaine now considers Maplewood, New Jersey her home, a place where she’s content caring for her husband, Rick, their daughter, Alice, and their horribly spoiled “fur babies”, Spike, Fiona and Shivers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!) and a MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York (unfortunately, they don’t have a football team).
Photography by Andrew White.
Age and the Youth Group.
Olga Herrador is our child care giver, who works with our littlest members on Sunday mornings (picture forthcoming).