Our Minister and Staff
Emrys Staton serves the congregation as the Director of Pastoral Care and Justice Ministries. Emrys works with members of the congregation to provide opportunities for spiritual care, justice work, and community building. He also provides support to the staff and leaders for children’s and youth ministry. Emrys brings a blend of Buddhist, secular, and nature-based … Continued
Katie Resendiz joined the UUCP staff in July 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation with a focus on the role of education. In addition to having taught RE in two previous UU congregations, Katie has worked as a teacher, a curriculum developer, and a non-profit executive director. She is particularly passionate about community … Continued
Benjie Messer has been our music director since January 2013. He holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Benjie’s wide-ranging musical experience includes leading a New Orleans brass band, arranging for a digital music start-up, and composing for film and media. He has taught courses at a variety of colleges … Continued
Mary Cota accompanies our choir and provides music for our services. She is a busy collaborative pianist throughout Phoenix, working with many vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as with her own piano students. Mary began studying piano at the age of 8, and at age 11, enrolled in the music department of the Alabama School of … Continued
Heidi has been our Administrator since February 2006. She manages all the finances, human resources, facility maintenance, membership records, publications and website. Heidi has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked in non-profit administration for 14 years primarily in the higher education and religious sectors. Heidi joined … Continued
Geoff Anderla has been UUCP’s Monday morning office volunteer for over a year now helping with Welcoming Ministries tasks, the weekly deposit, and miscellaneous computer projects. Geoff also serves as the Camping Ministres Director for the PSWD.
Belinda Clark has been our sexton since 2009. She manages the food and coffee for Coffee Hours and special events.
Manuel has been our custodian since 1992. He takes care of all the trash and recycling and cleaning of our buildings.
Janine Schmenk Gelsinger joined our team in October 2016 as the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator. She joined UUCP in 2015 when she and her family moved from Denver; she was previously involved in our children’s ministry with the Preschoolers. Janine holds a BS in Human Development and a BA in Psychology from ASU. She has … Continued
Sky Williams joined UUCP’s staff in August 2016. At UUCP they help Rev. Susan to manage her workload by answering emails, scheduling meetings, and other tasks. Sky has been a member of this congregation since they completed coming of age and joined in 2008. Although they originally joined the congregation under the name Celeste Allen. … Continued