2020-2021 Board Covenant
Adopted July 14, 2020 by unanimous vote
We, the Board members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley, pledge to
be honest, direct and respectful in our communication with each other and our congregation
promote honorable intentions in our words and deeds and to be accountable to our fellow board members and congregants
commit to our board responsibilities with a willingness to accept assignments and duty to be fully prepared
encourage respectful dialogue that will be focused and relevant, mindful of time restraints, and allows participation by all
be active listeners and reflect on the wisdom of others
promote transparency of decisions and conversations, utilizing the tools available through social media and various venues
practice self care as we forgive ourselves and others as we practice kindness and tolerance with each other.
2021-2022 Board of Trustees: We create just and loving community.
Board President, Pam Johnson
I grew up in Troy, NY but have lived in Texas now for twenty years; I definitely do not miss the cold winters. My husband & I moved to College Station in 2014 & I became a member of the Brazos UU almost immediately. I have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, a new grandson & a 90-lb rescue Shepard-Boxer mix named Bayz.
Originally raised as an Episcopalian, I was disenfranchised with the Episcopalian Church doctrine & its ritualistic services. I was drawn to the more progressive & liberal Unitarian Universalist religious community where I have the freedom to grow, develop spiritually, & draw wisdom & conviction from multiple spiritual sources.
I am very excited to be the President of the BOT this year; I have been on the board previously & have been very involved in the MSJE, RE for All Ages, & Fundraising. I am working with a wonderful, multi-talented team. This year, we all should endeavor to incorporate the church’s new Mission & Vision into our daily church & personal lives.
As we work towards moving into our new church home, I hope that we can be a more progressive & prominent church in the area, a church known for its faith & good deeds. I feel that in everything we do internally & externally, we should keep the Seven Principles in mind. I strive to make the board an efficient working model, open to the thoughts & feelings of the congregation & capable of making big decisions for the good of the congregation. While acting in as transparent a fashion as possible, I ask for your input & ideas. Please feel free to attend our Board Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month & at a second time later in the month. We need your ideas, your consent, your input. To make it easier, I aim to place the upcoming BOT’s Agenda in the President’s section on our website. This way you will know what topics are coming up & can talk with us about them.
Board President-Elect, Molly Hagan Ward
I grew up in the military and moved to Bryan-College Station in 1996 to attend Texas A&M University. Whoop! My parents have since followed me here, what a blessing. I have an eleven-year-old daughter named Juna, a thirteen-year-old son named Eli, and I met my wonderful partner, Jason Nowak, a year and a half ago.
I was thrilled to find the UUCBV in 2008 and have enjoyed many different roles over the years. I’m honored to serve as President Elect alongside Pam “The Force” Johnson, as we complete the building of our new church home! I pray that the pandemic has created gratitude in us, and taught us many valuable lessons to be used in the future. Thank you for this opportunity to serve!
Board Past President and Treasurer, Gaye Webb
Gaye Webb has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1995 when she joined First UU Church in Houston. She was raised in the Southern Baptist faith, as a preacher’s kid. She has been an active member and leader at UUCBV since 2008. During the last 26 years, she has accumulated years of experience as a church leader in congregational life in multiple areas, serving on many committees and teams, including governing boards (as president, secretary, treasurer, and at-large member), worship, adult religious education, membership, finance, stewardship, hospitality, pastoral care, bylaws, nominating, committee on ministry, healthy congregations, social justice, sacred space, and others. Her education and business experience are in the areas of business management and finance, providing the necessary skills and expertise to serve as treasurer. She has served as treasurer of this congregation about 10 years ago.
Board Secretary, Alice Scott
“I am a Spanish speaking native Texan born in El Paso Texas. I’ve been married to my husband John for 46 years and we came to College Station in 2016 to be closer to our Son Vince, Daughter-in-law Adrienne, and Granddaughter Amelia. I was born and raised Catholic but feel UUCBV is a much better fit for me. I became a member of UUCBV in August 2018. “
Board At-large, John Ivy
John Ivy was raised in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the midwestern town where he grew up. After graduating from high school and heading off to college, he stopped attending church but remained a committed humanist. Years later, after moving to College Station in 1996 with his wife and two 7-year-old sons, he started attending the UU Fellowship of the Brazos Valley where his sons received a liberal religious education. Since becoming a member in the late ‘90s, John has served on several committees — RE, Property, a ministerial search, the Committee on Ministry, Nominating, and Worship — and the Board of Trustees. UUCBV provides a religious family that allows one to seek knowledge and wisdom from diverse sources, and has enabled John to recognize his failings and challenged him to improve himself. John looks forward to the opportunity to serve again as a board member at-large.
Board At-large, May Lazarus
“I became a member of the UUCBV in September, 2015 after moving to Texas from Colombia. I've been involved in the Ministry of Social Justice and the Earth for a few years, with particular interests in reproductive justice and immigration issues. I'm excited about increasing my involvement in church leadership because I think UUCBV has much to offer the BCS community and wish to make our church more visible.”
Board At-large, Bobby Presley
I joined the Oceanography Department at Texas A&M in December 1970. I soon found that many of my faculty colleagues attended the Unitarian Fellowship so my wife, two small children and I started attending. Although I was, and am, an atheist, I signed the Fellowship membership book in 1972. I was not active or a regular attendee for the next 10-15 years. After a divorce the Fellowship became more important to me. For the next 10-15 years I assumed various leadership roles, including President of the Board. During that time, I met my present wife, Teri, at a Fellowship Sunday service. We were then both active for the next 10-15 years. We have been less active for the past 10-15 years but I was on the Board in 2016-2017 and Teri and I have continued to work on various Church projects. If I am again elected to the Board, I hope my historical perspective and my experience in financial matters and property maintenance will be useful.
Board At-large, Josh Wilkinson
“I was raised in Texas City, TX. Both of my parents were educators. I have an older brother and younger sister. I met my wife Erin as an undergraduate at TAMU. I finished my BA in History at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. We have a daughter, Sydney, and a son, David. I have worked in and out of various libraries since 2000.”
Ex-officio, Pastor Kiya Heartwood
Kiya Heartwood is an award-winning roots rock, and folk singer-songwriter and composer. Kiya is the Artistic Director of the People's Orchestra of Austin, a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, a Permaculture designer and a Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Candidate.
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