Meet the Ministers
Jennifer Brower, Minister for Pastoral Care
The Rev. Jennifer L. Brower was called to Shelter Rock in 2002, having served congregations in New York City and East Brunswick, New Jersey. A graduate of Ohio University, Athens, OH, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
Jennifer currently serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Metro New York district Growth and Extension Committee. She has led workshops on Spirituality & Health, Spiritual Practice and Small Group Ministry for a variety of Unitarian Universalist conferences. Jennifer's ministry in the larger community includes work with the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and organizations serving the needs of people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She is the author of an essay on faith, spirituality and aging for the FRONTLINE documentary, "Living Old."
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Brought up in the Presbyterian tradition, she had many "near encounters" with Unitarian Universalism that eventually led her to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in San Francisco, where she lived for three years. Jennifer currently resides in Sea Cliff with her family.
Natalie Fenimore, Minister of Lifespan Religious Education
The Rev. Natalie M. Fenimore, Minister for Lifespan Religious Education, was called to Shelter Rock in 2013, having served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Maryland and Virginia as Minister of Religious Education and Parish Minister. She holds a M.A. from Hood College and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level.
Natalie currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Starr King School for the Ministries. She is past-president of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association and a member of the UU Minister’s Association Professional Guidelines Committee.
A centered, thoughtful person, Natalie is an engaging preacher and worship leader who brings passion to lifespan religious education and faith development. In her own words, “religious education is central to Unitarian Universalism…a process of giving an outline for living. Religious education encompasses all aspects of learning and growing.”
Ned Wight, Senior Minister
Reverend Ned Wight began a year as Interim Senior Minister in August, 2016. Prior to his appointment, Ned was Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock for 10 years. As Executive Director, he served as chief administrator for the Veatch Program, which allocates approximately $12 million annually to grantees that promote system social change, and was responsible for providing vision and leadership to its Board of Governors and professional staff. He also oversaw the Large Grants Program that awards grants of up to $100,000 to not-for-profit organizations selected by members of the congregation through a democratic process.
Prior to his decade of service as the Executive Director of the congregation’s Veatch Program, Ned served as a parish minister for 14 years—13 of those at Summit UU Fellowship in suburban San Diego, CA, and one year as acting senior minister at First Parish UU in Belmont, MA. Ned recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the UU ministry. In addition to his ministerial service, Ned served on the Board of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association as a trustee from the Pacific Southwest District from 2001-2006. He has also been active in the Metro New York Chapter of the UU Ministers Association.
Oscar Sinclair, Ministerial Intern
This year I will be serving the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock as your Ministerial Intern. A congregational internship is one of the last steps the Unitarian Universalist Association requires for candidates for ministry, and is a chance to put all the lessons of seminary and development into practice in a setting supervised by one of the senior ministers of Unitarian Universalism. Interns are involved in a broad variety of congregational life, including (but certainly not limited to) preaching, pastoral care, religious education, prophetic outreach and social justice, and the day to day tasks of ministry. My wife Stacie and I recently moved to New York from Baltimore, where I studied at Wesley Theological Seminary. New York is a city unlike any in the world, and while at times it has been a rocky transition, there has never been a weekend without something to do or see. It is a joy to be here with you. Shelter Rock is well known around the Unitarian Universalist world, and the welcome that Stacie and I have received from the congregation, clergy, and staff has been wonderful. If we’ve already met, thank you. If we haven’t, I look forward to getting to know you over the next year.