Interim Minister - Rev. Ed Brock
The Reverend Ed Brock is a UU minister who specializes in interim ministry. Rev. Brock has served as interim minister at UU Churches in Daytona Beach, Florida; Hamilton (Ontario), Canada; Austin, Texas; Costa Mesa, California and Oakland, California. Prior to his shifting to a focus on interim work, he had two settled ministries at UU churches, and collectively these experiences give him a comprehensive understanding of congregations and how to help congregations stay healthy and strong.
Reverend Brock has studied with gifted teachers over the years, including Rabbi Edwin Friedman and Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Reverend Brock is also a licensed psychotherapist with his licensure based in the state of Washington. Rev. Brock has a keen personal interest in Buddhism. Family systems theory, as developed by Dr. Murray Bowen, and applied to congregations by students of Bowen such as Rabbi Edwin Friedman, are central to Rev. Brock’s perspective on congregational life. Rev. Ed has been married 40 years to his wife Alphise. They are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, Allie and Lily, both adopted from China.
Rev. Brock is delighted to be working with the Ventura congregation this year, and looks forward with considerable excitement to meeting everyone in September.
Rev. Carolyn Price -- Affiliate Minister
The Rev. Carolyn Price has been our Affiliate Minister since the fall of 2014. She preaches occasionally, offers spiritual growth programming, and provides support for our Children’s Religious Education (R.E.) Program.
Rev. Price was the minister of the Unitarian Universalist church in Santa Paula, California for eight and a half years. Prior to her ministry, she served as a consultant with the UU Pacific Southwest District (PSWD) to congregations in the areas of leadership development, conflict management, transitions, religious education, and strategic planning. After a medical retirement, Rev. Price, along with her husband Orval Osborne, found a religious home in the UU Church of Ventura, where both are glad to be of service.
Spiritual Life Staff
Beverly Jordan -- Spiritual Life Coordinator
The best word to describe my relationship with the Unitarian Universalist church is kinship. After my first visit I said to myself: “these are my people.” This church offers a broad, open and sacred space for spiritual and personal growth. The adult programs, spiritual growth groups and social action opportunities afford a healthy balance of involvement - cultivating self-care in tandem with local and global outreach. There is something for all ages. My role as Spiritual Life Coordinator includes Pastoral Care, teaching in adult and children programs, facilitating small groups and offering support to individuals and programs as needed. I look forward to connecting with you and perhaps connecting you with others in this vital community.