Rev. Michelle has extensive ministerial experience in pastoral care, social justice, worship and congregational life, membership development, small group ministry, adult religious education, hospital chaplaincy, and communications and publications. Rev. Michelle comes to us from the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area of Delaware. She is a graduate of Starr King School of Ministry, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and recently received her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She has served in Unitarian Universalist churches in Maryland, Delaware, and California, as well as at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She is also a researcher for the Soul Matters monthly theme program
On the personal side, Rev. Michelle resides in a “tiny house on wheels” which made its may across the country July 2020. She is the parent of a teenage daughter and also cares for three highly demanding cats. She also likes reading and tabletop gaming (including playing magic-wielding characters in Dungeons & Dragons). Rev. Dr. Collins is looking forward to returning to the Bay Area and can’t wait to see where this time of transition will take us.
Recently Departed Co-Ministers
After four inspiring years at UUCB, Revs. Kristin and Christian Schmidt decided to return to Maryland, where Rev. Kristin grew up. As she takes up ministry at the UU Church of Sliver Springs, they look forward to the assistance of extended family there in raising four young children. We wish them all the best in their new home.
UUCB has four affiliated community ministers: Rev. Cathleen Cox, Rev. Theresa Hardy, Rev. Sue Magidson, and Rev. Dr. Jane Ramsey. Each is an ordained UU minister whose primary ministry is in the larger community outside our congregation. Out in the world, they serve as professional hospice and hospital chaplains and spiritual directors. At UUCB, they serve in membership, workshop facilitation, pastoral care, teaching, and preaching. With few exceptions, their service at UUCB is unpaid. The word “affiliated” means that they each have a formal relationship with UUCB, voted on by the Board, and summarized in a written covenant.
Learn more about our community ministers.
UUCB is also blessed with several other ministers who are not formally affiliated community ministers but still add to the power of community with their pastoral, spiritual or justice-seeking presence.
Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway served as UUCB’s co-ministers from 1996 until their retirement in 2014. During this time, they also played leadership roles in Unitarian Universalism nationally. They retired as of June 1, 2014, and the congregation voted to bestow emeritus status on them at the May 18, 2014, Congregational Meeting.