Family Ministry Staff
Director of Family Ministry, Merrin Clough
Merrin has grown into the woman she is, thanks in part, to her life-long journey as a Unitarian Universalist. Raised in Florida, she is trained as an educator and has taught grades 1, 2, and 5. In addition to her teaching experience, Merrin brings with her insights from the four different UU churches in which she has worked. Her career has taken her from Florida to North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey, Virginia, and now California. She and her husband, Jared Bunde, both enjoy hiking through the lush terrain of Northern California. If not hiking, she may be creating some new sewing project or flexing her artistic skills, to help maintain her inner balance. Merrin has a passion for the work she does here at the church and hopes to be here for years to come.
Family Ministry Coordinator, Zackrie Vinczen
Phone: (510) 525-0302, ext. 307
Zackrie Vinczen is the current Family Ministry Coordinator here at UUCB. In this role, Zackrie is responsible for the administrative needs of the program. This includes coordinating the program calendar, scheduling volunteers, managing supplies, and other logistics that help keep Family Ministry running smoothly.
Zackrie served as the Intern Minister here at UUCB during the 2015-2016 church year and is a 2017 Master of Divinity graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. In addition to this, Zackrie is a minister in Preliminary Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and is in the final stages of preparation for ordination and search.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area for Seminary, Zackrie and his husband Elliott lived in Bellingham, Wa where he attended Western Washington University and earned his BA in English.
Outside of work, Zackrie enjoys reading and writing, spending time in nature, and being an uncle.