Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden
Senior Minister (Interim)
The Rev. Dr. W. Frederick (Fred) Wooden joins us after serving five congregations over 40 years of clergy service from small and rural to large and urban, and has preached in 100 more. He is a fourth generation UU, and lives with his spouse Wendy in Grand Rapids MI. They have two grown sons.
Fred has published in several periodicals including UU World and a half dozen newspapers, composed music for the 1993 “Gray” UU Hymnbook, been a radio host, served the UUA in two elected offices, and ran for Congress in 2018. Fred is an activist for racial justice, the LGBTQ+ community, and interfaith engagement, organizing the largest interfaith observance in Brooklyn after 9/11.
He is also a pilgrim walker who has hiked along the Camino de Santiago, from Winchester to Canterbury, followed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, traversed the Kumano Kodo in Japan, and has hopes of traveling the Via Francigena.
Director of Faith Formation Ministry
Marci Beaudoin was hired at VUU in 2009. Marci’s family traces their Unitarian history back to First Parish Church in Druxbury, Mass. Marci loves making connections with the children at VUU and is passionate about the Our Whole Lives and Coming of Age programs. Marci has a background in education and spent many years volunteering in youth scouting and theater.
Todd Sirrine joined VUU November 2021. Todd has a background in financial and hospitality management. During Covid, Todd was looking to make a career change and VUU was a perfect fit for Todd.
Todd is a 6th generation Arizona native and comes from a large pioneer family. Todd is the oldest of his four siblings so naturally he is a great leader to the VUU family. Todd has a welcoming heart and soul with a splash of spunk!
Todd loves to entertain, attend sporting events, and spend time with family and friends. Most of all, Todd loves to travel, especially tropical beach destinations.
Faith Formation Assistant
Skylar grew up at Valley UU, they participated in faith formation classes, Our Whole Lives, and Coming of Age.
Skylar was originally hired as the lead teacher for the kindergarten/1st grade class during the 2019-2020 year. After the long Covid break, Skylar has returned to the K/1 class and will continue as lead teacher until the end of this school year.
Skylar works Sundays before and after classes and Mon – Thurs as the FF assistant.
Please note: Skylar uses they/them pronouns, please try your best to refer to them either by name or using these pronouns.
Katie Seiferth joined us as our Acting Music Director in January 2020 and became our official Director of Music Ministries in July 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a passion for leading our congregation in music that inspires, transforms, and aligns with our UU principles. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in choral, piano and vocal performance, a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training, and is certified in Transformational Life Coaching. She is married to Andrew, who plays guitar and sings in our worship band and together they share three children and two dogs.