Paul Beattie was the minister when I joined All Souls. In the church I raised my children, found great friends, have been inspired by the sermons and many of the church members, and even met my wife. Through the years I have taught in RE, worked on various committees, and served on the Board as a member and as President. Currently I chair the Finance Committee. Working with ad hoc groups, I have chaired a ministerial search committee and a capital campaign. All Souls has been an important part of my life.My interest in serving on this ministerial search committee comes from believing that the presence of All Souls as a strong voice for liberal religion is essential not only for our members but for the larger community in which we live. Nurturing and growing the church’s voice requires identifying a minister who will help us further develop in our individual ministries practicing Unitarian Universalism today and for many years in the future. Joining with other members of the search committee would be a privilege.