We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Mertz will be joining the UUMA staff on July 1 as our new Program Assistant. Andrew will have two weeks to overlap with our current Program Assistant, Allison Palm, who will be leaving on July 15. Andrew will be with us at Ministry Days and GA in Portland; if you will be there please welcome him.
Andrew describes himself as a ‘ministry engineer,’ appropriate given his science and technology background. Although having just received preliminary fellowship, he has over a decade of professional youth and young adult ministry experience at the congregational and district level. His most recent position has been as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs for the Joseph Priestly District of the UUA. He is a 3rd generation UU who started as an OWL teacher right out of college, and hasn’t looked back since. He is completing his work at Meadville Lombard this year and is looking forward to offering his creative and analytical talents to the UUMA membership and programs.
A native of Virginia, Andrew Mertz is in the midst of moving with his new wife Annie and their dog Boudreaux to Oakland, California. Andrew enjoys anything that gets him outdoors like camping, hiking, and kayaking. Another hobby is being a Wilderness First Responder which allows him to keep up the skills he learned as an Army medic. This motorcycle riding interfaith clergy couple is making the move to answers Annie’s new call as an Episcopal school chaplain.