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 2019-20 Staff members are:
Reverend Mandy Goheen, Minister
I want to share a little about me and how I came to serve UUCC. First up, my pronouns are she, her, and hers. I was called to UUCC in May of 2019, but that is not where the story starts. One day, after I had begun seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2017, I drove past and saw the sign from I-24. I found myself daydreaming that one day I could serve this church. I never forgot that day and every time I passed through Chattanooga I would look for the sign and revisit that dream.
Imagine my surprise when UUCC was looking for a minister the same spring I was in search of a congregation to serve. I was a bit skeptical at first, it seemed too good to be true. And then I visited for a week as a candidate for the ministry position. Do you know what happened that week? I fell in love with the culture of shared ministry, commitment to justice, never give up attitude and fascinating history of UUCC. But most of all, I fell in love with the people and relationships that are the heartbeat of our community. I have been wholeheartedly welcomed and I know you will be too.
Some other interesting things to know about me. I am a momma first, I have the great privilege to parent six of the most tenacious teenagers I have ever met. Been married 25 years to my beloved partner in crime. It would be fair to say I am a goof and I believe deeply that humor heals. I love training my dog, the woods, gardening, and playing the fiddle badly.
My best guess at my own theology is Religious Naturalism that calls me to seek justice and counter oppression. More specifically I am called to face the cultural norm of white supremacy impacting my children and all children’s futures. This love for justice radiates through what we UUs call the interdependent web of all beings. My commitment to environmental justice is my birthright as a farm girl from Southern Ohio who identifies proudly as Appalachian.
Enough about me, I am excited to meet you! I hope you give us a visit and find out for yourself why UUCC is the best-kept secret in Chattanooga. I know I love this community and I bet you will too.
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.
Amanda Schuber, Intern Minister of Lifespan Religious Education
Amanda has been a UU for 26 years, serving in various capacities at the UU Church of Tuscaloosa, AL as a former Director of Religious Education and Social Action Coordinator, and for two years at UUA headquarters in Boston as the Administrator of the Office of Congregational Fundraising. She has also served as a board member for numerous UU organizations. She and her family are currently members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville. Amanda is in her second year of the Masters of Divinity Program at Starr King School for the Ministry; she focused on Oppression Studies while studying at the University of Alabama, and is an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights along with spending many years leading workshops on accessibility and diversity. In her “spare” time she travels the country working with UU congregations as a Beyond Categorical Thinking Facilitator, assisting congregations in examining biases in the ministerial search process.