Starr King School for the Ministry is very proud and honored to announce the appointment of three distinguished religious and lay leaders now serving on our Board of Trustees: Reverend Rebekah Montgomery, Nancy Lawrence, and Ted Fetter.
Reverend Rebekah Montgomery is a military chaplain, UU minister, licensed professional counselor and a mental health provider with over 15 years of professional experience. She serves as a Family Life Chaplain for the US Army Reserve and was the Project Manager for the US Army Reserve Strong Bonds program, a relationship and family wellness program. She served an 18-month tour in Afghanistan, and provided pastoral counseling to more than 3,000 soldiers in 38 Forward Operating Bases. Montgomery received the Bronze Star for her service in Afghanistan and was named ‘Chaplain of the Year’ in 2009 from the Military Chaplains Association. She has also served in several ministerial roles, including her current service as the Assistant Minister at the UU Church of Rockville, MD. In 2014, Montgomery preached at the Service of the Living Tradition at the UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI. Outside of her professional life, Montgomery is an enthusiastic gym rat, trains in karate and yoga, and enjoys a quiet life at home with her two children Genevieve and Thane.
Nancy Lawrence has worked in nonprofit administration for nearly 20 years, most notably as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Board of Trustees for the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1996 to 2013. Her work at the UUA included project management for the association’s Leadership Council, board liaison to the Youth and Young Adult Office, co-convener of the Meditation Panel and the Staff Team for Anti-oppression and Anti-racism, and groups dedicated to educating staff on issues of accessibility, oppression and privilege. She is also a founding member of the UUA’s Allies for Racial Equality (ARE), an organization committed to unlearning white privilege/supremacy and to confronting racism in all its forms.
Ted Fetter has a career of more than 30 years in court management, and has been an active Unitarian Universalist lay leader for more than 20 years. In his professional life, Fetter most notably served as the Deputy Administrative Director of the New Jersey Judiciary, the second-ranking administrative position of this large state court system, from 1985 to 2008. In his lay leadership, Fetter has served in leadership roles in numerous UU organizations. He is currently the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ and a member of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee. He served as Chair of the UU Moderator Nominating Committee from 2011 to 2012. He was the President of the UU District of Metropolitan New York from 2009 to 2013, and was President of the Districts President Association from 2011 to 2012. He is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
We are proud to welcome these three accomplished individuals to our Board of Trustees. Welcome Rebekah, Nancy and Ted, and thank you for serving Starr King! We look forward to the work that awaits us.