Meet the Ministers
Jaye Brooks, Developmental Minister
The Rev. Jaye Brooks was hired by Shelter Rock in August 2019, having previously served congregations in Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia, primarily as an interim minister. Prior to her calling as a minister, Rev. Brooks practiced law. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School; Harvard Law School Research Fellow, LLM from Harvard Law School; JD, Catholic University Law School; and BA, Wake Forest University. She is Vice President, Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry Board and past Vice President, Transition Ministry Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Minister Association.
At UUCSR, Rev. Brooks’ ministry will focus primarily on these core congregational areas: strategic direction, governance and organization, membership, and the role of the congregation’s significant financial assets.
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. Dr. Natalie M. Fenimore, Minister of 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 the Doctor of Ministry and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and an MA from Hood College. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level.
Natalie currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Starr King School for the Ministry and as a member of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change. She is a past-president of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).
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.”
Alia Shinbrough, Student Minister
Alia Shinbrough (they/them), joined the UUCSR Ministry Team on September 1, 2021 for a year of mutual learning and meaningful engagement at Shelter Rock. A recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Alia is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. They grew up in New Jersey and received their undergraduate education at Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied writing, art, and history. Their passions for social justice and community building have led them to pursue a life of service through ministry.
Outside of congregational life, they can often be found reading science fiction, keeping up-to-date on current events, connecting with friends and family, dreaming of a more just world, and spending time in the great outdoors. Feel free to get in touch with Alia; they are eager to experience every aspect of congregational life until their position ends on June 30, 2021.