Central to Rev. Anya's current ministry is the honest confrontation necessary to dismantle white supremacy, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.
Our Staff Team
Guiding Our Journey
Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael
A "Religious, Naturalist Mystic," Rev Scott strives to embody service to our holy mission to build Beloved Community, together, in covenant.
Revs. Anya and Scott met during divinity school and were married in 2007. They have wanted to serve as a co-ministry team since they met and fell in love. They were advised by other clergy couples to serve separate congregations for their first settlements. That sage advice is appreciated as they had time to learn their own strengths and weaknesses and attune their own ministerial identities.
In Co-Ministry they rely on one another’s counsel and trust one another’s wisdom. They read one another’s sermons and encourage and challenge one another to be their best selves.
In our congregation Rev. Anya focuses on worship, justice, membership, small groups, communications, and the internship program, while Rev. Scott focuses on religious education, governance, facilities, and connections to our wider Unitarian Universalist Association.
Beyond our congregation, Rev. Anya serves as co-president of the Board at the Meadville Lombard Theological School and offers her services as a Good Officer to the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, guiding colleagues through crisis and conflict. Rev. Scott serves as the vice president of the Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association and runs the Ministerial Formation Network in the Metro NY region, guiding and mentoring Unitarian Universalist seminarians.
When they take a weekend off, Revs. Anya and Scott like to connect with their friends and relatives, explore new natural environments, see live music, and drink in art in all of its forms.
Bringing Our Mission to Life
Varsha and Prina Patel
Varsha and Prina are our Nursery Attendants on Sunday morning.
Sabrina is our Ministerial Intern. They were born and lived in Italy until they were 20. Sabrina is married and has a 17 year old daughter. Before going to seminary, Sabrina was a scientist.
Director of Music Ministries
Markus has been serving the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair since 2012. He believes in the power of communal singing, dismantling white supremacy, and smashing the patriarchy.
Juliana began serving as the Music Intern at UUCM in July 2022. She delights in communication, honesty, & creativity, and believes in the power of music to heal, express the inexpressible, & connect us all.
Director of Religious Education
Judith brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for religious education. Prior to serving our congregation she focused on arts education and curation.
Jordan is our Administrator and manages our calendar, Zoom meetings and Pledges.
Office & Communications Manager
Jaclyn has worked for the U since 2005 and keeps the congregation informed on a daily basis.
Emilia is our dedicated part time bookkeeper. When not with us she serves as a ski instructor.
Dawn is the lead custodian at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.
Bruce For is our Technology Systems Consultant.
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
Rev. Charlie served our congregation from 1995-2015.
Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Charles Loflin
Rev. Charles Loflin is an affiliated community minister.
Rev. Judy Tomlinson
Rev. Judy served as Associate Minister from 1996-2017.