About Our Minister
Reverend Kathy Tew Rickey, known by our members as Rev. Kathy or Pastor Kathy, has been our settled minister since August 1, 2016. She is ordained and in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association since 2010.
Rev. Kathy came to us from Rochester, New York where she served two years as a Chaplain Resident at Strong Memorial Hospital. She also served congregations in Syracuse and Cortland, New York. She earned her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Illinois. Prior to entering seminary, Rev. Kathy worked as a substitute teacher while her two daughters, Allison and Emily were growing up. Rev. Kathy’s first career was in bank regulation and consulting. She worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1986 to 1994.
Rev. Kathy is no stranger to Florida. She grew up on the West coast in Clearwater. In 1983, she left Florida to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Oklahoma City University. Since then, she has lived and worked in Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and upstate New York. Rev. Kathy says it took being away from Florida for many years to come back and appreciate its natural beauty and enjoy its outdoor leisure, especially kayaking the stunning waterways nearby and viewing the unique flora and fauna of the area.
Rev. Kathy likes to say that she came to Unitarian Universalism as an agnostic with kids which is typical of seekers to our religion. She says she knew the minute she walked into the sanctuary of a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church in Carrollton, Texas, that it was what she had been seeking; she immediately became a born-again UU, becoming involved in lay leadership until she experienced a call to ministry and entered seminary in 2007.
Rev. Kathy tries to embody the spiritual values of gratitude, hospitality, hope, and compassion in building beloved community within the congregation and in ever widening spheres beyond. She has a passion for justice work which she engages locally in Volusia County through the community organizing nonprofit, F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony) and nationally through the UUA’s Side with Love Campaign, and as a member of Allies for Racial Justice.
Rev. Kathy lives in Ormond Beach with her partner, Don Shinnamon and her little dog, Daisy. Her daughters now 26 and 24, live in upstate New York. Besides kayaking, Rev. Kathy enjoys gardening, walking, word games, and cozy British mysteries. Contact her at email@example.com.