Minister and Staff
At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, we are fortunate to have many individuals who share their time and talents to make UUCC a welcoming home for everyone.
Our 2017-18 Staff members are:
Cathy Harrington, Developmental Minister
The Rev. Cathy Harrington was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2004 after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry, affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union. Cathy later earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School, affiliated with the University of Chicago in 2012. As a young adult, Cathy worked as a hairdresser before opening the Miller’s Daughter Bakery/Café in Seward, Alaska, where she discovered that her call to feed people was a call to ministry. Decades of working with people, raising children, co-founding a UU congregation in Seward, Alaska, and a lot of life, provided a wealth of experience to bring to her ministry.
Cathy served the People’s Church in Ludington, Michigan for 8 years and recently worked with victim family members as a Victim Outreach Specialist in capital murder cases. Cathy began serving UUCC in August 2014.
Kay McCurdy, Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Kay McCurdy has been the Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth since 2009. After receiving her B.A. in Theatre & Speech, Kay spent several years working as a teacher at a school for the developmentally disabled in Chicago, followed by a stint as an ombudsman at an intermediate care facility. Past lives include working as a carpenter’s apprentice, cruise director, and roulette dealer. After starting a family, Kay returned to the Chattanooga area, and spent several years as a member of a homeschooling co-op, offering workshops to area homeschoolers in improvisational theatre. While searching for a liberal religious church program for her daughters, friends led her to the UUCC, where she found a community of warm and welcoming folks. It has been her privilege to serve the children and families of the UUCC ever since!
Jennifer Arbogast Wilson, Music Director
Jennifer Arbogast Wilson has been the Music Director at UUCC since August of 2013. She enjoys leading the choir and playing piano for Sunday worship services. In addition to her work with UUCC, Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Music Department and Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State where she teaches Applied Voice, Music Appreciation, Musical Theatre, Opera Theatre, and Voice & Speech. She holds a doctorate in Vocal Performance with a secondary emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jennifer is actively involved in the local arts scene, particularly with local community theatre organizations as a performer and director. Some favorite roles include The Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Anna Leonowens (The King and I), Irene Molloy (Hello, Dolly!), and Lucy Harris (Jekyll and Hyde). Additionally, Jennifer has had been privileged to direct or music direct over 20 productions, some favorites of which include Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, Ragtime, and Into the Woods. Jennifer has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Ben Vereen and Angela Brown, is an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and regularly presents voice workshops at the annual conventions for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Mandy Cowley, Office Administrator
Mandy Cowley has been the office administrator at UUCC since July of 2017, when her family relocated to Chattanooga from South Louisiana. Mandy received her Master’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 2012 and spent the next several years working in the nonprofit sector as the Associate Executive Director of Louisiana’s oldest and largest domestic violence agency. After working in such a demanding field for many years, Mandy is enjoying using her skills to help further the mission of UUCC.