Senior Minister Candidates

Dear Members and Friends,

After an exhaustive and wonderfully fulfilling search for the eighth settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, the Ministerial Search Committee is thrilled to present to you our final candidate:

Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael

Rev. Scott and Rev. Anya are a married co-ministry team who will share the position of Senior Minister. We are excited to introduce them to you and they are looking forward to meeting each and every one of us over Candidating Week, Saturday April 29 – Sunday May 7.

They were our unanimous choice! Here are just a few things that we love about Anya and Scott:  

  • They are creative and love the arts.
  • They are skilled and compelling preachers.
  • They are adept at management and leading teams.
  • They love social justice, especially interfaith work.
  • They are active in the UUA.
  • They are warm, fun, and charismatic.

To learn more about them, first, watch their welcome video message to us:

Then, please visit their website at:

We know that you will also have loads of questions about co-ministry and Anya and Scott, as well as next steps in this process. Here are some resources for you:

We know that as we face the newest chapter in the journey of this 120-year-old institution, Scott and Anya will be leaders who will help us grow and strengthen. They will inspire, guide and lead us. Together, we will be a stronger congregation to serve our communities.

Please join us as we welcome REVEREND ANYA & REVEREND SCOTT!  See you Candidating Week!

Much love and gratitude,

Your ministerial search committee: Peter Arian, John Carlton, Nancy Felix, Erin Krupa, Lawrence Ramsey, Chelsea Vaughn Showalter, and Connie Thames

Questions?  Reach us directly at

Congratulations to the Search Committee for the outstanding selection of the Revs. Anya and Scott Sammler-Michael. I have known each of them since they began their ministerial studies many years ago. They shined with promise then and have since forged ministries that make a true difference. I’m excited for them. And I’m excited for your congregation that is so dear to my heart.

–Reverend Lee Barker

President and Professor of Ministry, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Sixth Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair (1983-1994)