Rev. Anastassia Zinke, Minister is the most recent settled minister of All Souls. She was de installed June 7, 2020.
Anastassia Zinke most recently served as Religious Education Consultant at Goodloe Memorial Church in Bowie, MD. She previously filled the roles of Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Intern Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., and Youth Program Director at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. Zinke completed her undergraduate history degree at Bryn Mawr College and her Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 2011. She and her husband, Kent, are parents to a daughter, Sadie, and son, Benjamin. They share a commitment to progressive causes, international travel, community service, and “embracing the adventure of life.”
For a full FAQ about what this departure means, click here.
For Rev. Anastassia’s announcement of next ministry, click here.
Rev. Joel Miller is All Soul’s incoming interim minister.
Rev. Miller has been in ministry since 1991, when he graduated from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. His ministry includes opening and serving the Columbine UU church in the Denver area (Colorado) for 7 years, serving as senior minister in Buffalo, NY for 11 years, and serving as interim minister for 5 different UU congregations since 2011.
Rev. Miller is an Accredited UUA Interim Minister (since 2016) and is also accredited as a Professional Transition Specialist by the Interim Ministry Network, so we are in good hands!
Joel shared with us in his interview, and in his ministerial record, that he was always questioning things as he was growing up. He was raised a UU Humanist where he felt welcomed, his questioning felt welcomed, and he insists that it saved his life. He wants to offer that to others and helps his interim congregations to become even more effective at saving lives. He is primarily a Humanist, but has been surprised to find himself a theist because of his spiritual practices in recovery from alcohol addiction.
Joel is divorced with two grown children (son Eric just completed a PhD in Neurobiology from US Davis and daughter Susan is a sexual health educator with the University of Rochester) and his aging mother lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up. Joel has been in recovery for 29 years.
Of his transitional/interim work, he says “I help find new perspectives on a congregation’s history and future, transforming old obstacles into new strengths, and renewing its vision for its future. I’m here to help develop a deeper understanding of why and how it ministers to the larger community.”
One of Rev. Miller’s references stated, “I think you will be very happy with Joel in the interim role. Joel is a cultural fit with mid-west values and sensibilities; he’s warm, friendly, fun/funny—you will just like him a lot. You will hear him again and again return to the themes that the board has established for what they want to accomplish in the time he is with you. He never forgets that his role is temporary but he is fully present while he’s there.”