REV. SCOTT RUDOLPH
Rev. Scott Rudolph became UUFCO’s settled minister in mid-August of 2017. Rev. Scott was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received his B.A. from Hanover College, which included study in Belgium for a year. After several years of travel and work at a variety of jobs, he experienced a calling to the possibility of ministry, completing a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2011. He worked as a Chaplain at Christ Medical Hospital in Chicago before interning at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Washington state. Rev. Scott served as settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hills in the Pittsburg, PA area from 2011-2017. During that time he helped the church to grow as a healthy, kind, and caring community, and to move forward on a shared vision of seeking justice and reaching out into the greater community. Rev. Scott met his wife, Rebecca, in college. She is an occupational therapist. They have two children.
Jennifer began her career with UUFCO in 2015 in the newly created position of Event Manager. She assisted with the creation of policies around renting the facility to the public and the congregation. The rental program kicked off in January 2016 and has been building strong momentum over the months. In March of 2016, Jennifer added the responsibilities of the Congregational Administrator to her role. In addition to administrative tasks, Jennifer creates the monthly newsletter, the weekly ACE (All Congregational Email) and Sunday’s Fresh Sheet. Jennifer has also assumed responsibility for overseeing facility and grounds maintenance, which includes management of the building superintendent, with a reporting line to the minister.
Prior to joining UUFCO, Jennifer worked for Levi Strauss & Co for 15 years in Procurement as their Global Travel Manager. Her ability to help the community plan and execute events at UUFCO comes from her time as a Meetings Manager for a global HR firm on the east coast. When not at work, Jennifer can be found trying to keep up with her busy daughter, who loves to make movie sets and practice karate. Her husband, Phil Miscovich, is one of the two piano accompanists at UUFCO.
Congregational Life Facilitator
Chela was hired as half-time administrator in June 2010, focusing on internal communications, database maintenance and publicity. Since the spring of 2016, Chela has been Congregational Life Facilitator, focusing on membership, modeling the congregation’s culture of welcome and appreciation, presenting adult RE courses with a focus on UU identity, supporting Sunday volunteers, producing worship materials, and providing staff support to various congregational initiatives. Chela also has performed various rites of passage (e.g., marriage and celebrations of life) with the agreement of Rev. Won.
Chela brings a variety of perspectives to her work at UUFCO, having completed a Masters of Divinity (SFTS, 1991; 3rd year pastoral internship at Southminster Presbyterian, Beaverton, Oregon), and having worked as both a paralegal and a hospice chaplain. Born and raised in San Francisco, she has called Bend home since 2007, enjoying wide open skies, clear night star views, and a manageable urban density. Chela has been writing music since her teens, led the Dances of Universal Peace in Portland, Oregon, for 16 years, and finds great pleasure in contra dancing, gardening, collaging and singing harmonies.
After a 30-year career as controller and office manager for auto dealerships, Eileen became the full-charge bookkeeper at UUFCO in 2012. She manages payroll, balance sheets, and bank reconciliations, prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports, and maintains records, and statistics. She works closely with the Board, treasurer, and Finance Committee. During our building construction process, she utilized an auxiliary accounting system to track pledge income and expenses.
Eileen is active in the UUFCO community, attending services, and participating in a covenant group and recreational activities. She loves accounting functions and volunteers for AARP Tax Aide, preparing tax returns for senior citizens during the tax season. Her favorite breakfast partner is a Sudoku puzzle.
Director Of Religious Exploration
Ayla Halberstadt is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who was raised in Northern Illinois. In the past Ayla has worked with UU congregations in many ways, from being heavily involved in leadership as a youth to serving on the board of trustees, teaching religious exploration, and leading youth groups. Ayla also served as the 2015-2016 co-facilitator for young adults at General Assembly.
As UUFCO's Director of Religious Exploration, Ayla is passionate about promoting faith-based, engaging curriculum, facilitating Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum for all ages, and fostering relationships with families, children, and youth to make their time in RE meaningful and fun. Ayla is excited to be able to put her knowledge from her own Unitarian Universalist identity and exploration into practice as she helps our religious exploration and family ministries programs flourish and grow. Ayla can also be found coaching a novice swim team and teaching adult swim lessons at Juniper Swim and Fitness.
Lead RE Teacher
Shannon teaches grades K-2 in our RE program. She joined UUFCO almost immediately after moving to Bend from Southern California 12 years ago. She has been a childcare provider and RE teacher since then. Her wish is that the young children who come through our doors feel a sense of acceptance and belonging here.
Shannon grew up in a religiously diverse family. She was raised by her Jewish grandmother and Irish Protestant grandfather. Her father was an atheist and her mother was a Christian. Starting when she was a young child, Shannon chose to attend a Unitarian Universalist church. She is married to Harry and they have two sons and a granddaughter.
Molly has been our nursery and childcare provider since 2014. She is also a pre-school teacher.
Mark is beginning his role as music director in the fall of 2018. Mark has a Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin, and previously directed the Touch of Class Choir in Vancouver WA, while he was working as an engineer for Hewlett Packard. Mark has been singing in the UUFCO choir since he retired in 2013 and moved to Bend. In addition to leading the choir, Mark is also responsible for planning special music on non-choir Sundays and works closely with the Minister and other worship planners to provide music that is an integral part of the worship experience. Mark sings with the Central Oregon Mastersingers and with the Cascade Chorale, and continues to be involved in the life of UUFCO in ways that go beyond music.
Phil Miscovich and his wife, Jennifer Egan, and daughter, Ellie, have been UUFCO members for two years. Phil feels extremely grateful to have the opportunity to play piano regularly at the church. He has been teaching in secondary education since 1998, and tries to find as much time to make music as possible.
Born in Texas, Parker ended up in Bend after hopping on a one way flight to New Zealand and then thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. He feels that the Pacific Northwest has been a fitting adjustment from the excess flannel in his closet. His previous life revolved around music and he has been lucky to have been a French horn player in many incredible ensembles and orchestras and toured in a drum and bugles corps. After a music degree, he pursued a Master’s in architecture but was cut short by burnout and wanderlust, hence the hiking and one way flight business. After spending some years travelling and building climbing walls for a living, he can now be found happily taking care of the UUFCO home while blasting Americana or Mahler over the fantastic sound system.