Co-Minister Unity Church-Unitarian
Rob Eller-Isaacs is co-minister of Unity Church Unitarian in St.Paul, Minnesota. He has served the church since fall of 2000. Before arriving at Unity Church Rob and his wife and co-minister, the Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs served the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. There they helped to guide the growth of the congregation and the restoration of both the church’s mission and its historic home. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and trained at Starr King School for the Ministry, he has served in Boston, Massachusetts and Whittier, and Oakland, California before settling in St. Paul.
A hallmark of his ministry has been the recognition of the importance of the urban church as an instrument for long-term community development. Over the course of seventeen years of service in Oakland Rob has been deeply involved in many community efforts. He helped to found the community based planning effort known as “Oakland: Sharing the Vision.” He served as Chaplain of the Oakland Union of the Homeless and played a key role in shaping Oakland’s response to homelessness as founding chairperson of the Oakland’s Commission on Homelessness. As president of Dignity Housing West, he helped develop more than a hundred units of service-enriched transition housing. He also helped envision and then establish the Center for Urban Family Life.
Under his leadership, the Oakland Church forged a series of creative cultural arts partnerships. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oakland Jazz Chorus were both born at the Church. Since 1997, he has served as president of the board of the Oakland Youth Chorus. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir are the Church’s most recent musical partner.
Rob’s vision of the Church as both a worshipping community and an essential partner in restoring America’s cities has helped the church and its social service and cultural arts partners to serve the heart of Oakland. Together Rob and Janne now continue their work as co-ministers of our historic congregation in St. Paul.
He serves as a Trustee of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Beacon Press. He is an activist, a spiritual director and is deeply committed to being a leader and partner in the work of ending racism.
Rob and Janne live in St. Paul and are the parents of three children, Jonah (36), Jessie (34) and Hannah (26).