Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Mandy Goheen
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.
Minister's Office Hours
We are not currently seeking new staff members at UUCC. Check back here for future openings!
Farin Cloyd (she/her/hers)
Farin Cloyd began her role as Office Administrator in July 2021. Farin grew up in Union City, TN until she moved to Chattanooga in 2016 for college. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2020 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Political Science. While in school, she served as the Director of New Member Experience and Vice President of Philanthropy for the Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. Farin worked as a staff feature writer for the University Echo and completed two Public Relations/Digital Media Internships before graduation. Through her internships, she worked with the local healthcare providers and UTC’s campus to provide COVID testing and vaccines to Chattanooga’s minority communities and students. After graduation, she worked briefly as a content manager and copywriter in the insurance field before starting her role at UUCC. In her free time, she enjoys romance novels, blogging and photography.
Office Administrator Office Hours
Tuesdays: 10am-2pm Virtual Office Hours
To schedule a meeting with the Office Administrator, please email email@example.com or call 423.624.2985.
Director of Religious Education
My name is Camille Mason. I’m so excited to be the Director of Religious Education. I have a masters degree in Elementary Education from UTK! Go Vols!
I am very passionate about equity and social justice. It’s important to me as we grow our religious education program that we are welcoming and inclusive of everyone!
DRE Office Hours
Meetings with our Director of Religious Education can be scheduled by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Arborgast Wilson
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.
Music Director Contact Info
You can reach our Music Director by emailing email@example.com.