Our Minister: The Rev. Dr. Gaye Williams Ortiz

Reverend Dr. Gaye Williams OrtizRev. Gaye began serving as the developmental Minister for UUCA on August 1 2013. Rev. Gaye taught in higher education for twenty years before pursuing ministry. Before taking on her role in Augusta she served as half-time minister to the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church in Aiken, South Carolina. Learn more about Rev. Gaye






Our Church Administrator

Laura Linn

Laura Linn juggles all the details of our church office, keeps us organized, and reminds us of what we want to get done. She has served as our Church Administrator since 2009.






Our Director of Music

Josef Patchen

Josef Patchen provides wonderfully eclectic music for our Sunday morning services. He directs the choir and recently has published a book of his original choral pieces, Sing for Joy. Joe has served as our Church musician since 1990.






Our Director of Religious Education (Children and Youth)

Ruth Garrison

Ruth Garrison oversees all of the activities for UUCA’s children and youth, from nursery care through high school graduation. Most classes take place on Sunday mornings. Adults and youth interested in teaching or otherwise offering support to the CYRE programs are most welcome. Ruth has served as Director of Religious Education since 1997.






Our Nursery Care Provider

Sherron Shonk

Sherron Shonk is the Primary caregiver in our nursery. The nursery opens about ten minutes prior to our 11am Worship Service except when other pre-worship activities bring young children to church with their parents at an earlier hour.