Minister & Staff

Minister & Staff

Reverend Dr. Tracy Sprowls

Reverend Dr. Tracy Sprowls

Minister

She/Her

Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls is the Minister at the UU Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA. This is her twenty-fifth year serving our congregations as a minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). In addition to her work in Centre County, Tracy is a writer with several published articles and several unfinished novels. She was also a religion blog writer for MyCentralJersey.com from 2014 to 2019. She loves reading, knitting, writing, riding her bike, yoga, and the beach. She lives in Summit, New Jersey with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jova and Macy. Tracy and David have three grown children and one grandchild.

Currently she is a first responder with the UU Trauma Response Ministry and the co-convener of the NJ Ministers Cluster. In the past, she served as president of the LREDA Metro New York Chapter, president of the UUFaithAction (legislative ministry) in New Jersey, President of the Ministerial Sisterhood, and Chaplain at the UU@UN Spring Seminar. Outside of the UUA, she serves on the Coordinating State Committee for the Poor People’s Campaign and she works with organizations to maintain reproductive choice for all. She considers herself an activist and has proudly been arrested twice.

Ashley Hamlin

Ashley Hamlin

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

She/Her

Ashley came on board as our full time Director of Lifespan Religious Education in September 2018. She moved from eastern Washington and has a background in education including Montessori and classical studies. She earned a MA in Theological Studies in seminary and has directed high school youth ministry and been involved in church ministry leadership at various times throughout her life. Ashley has traveled to various continents working with refugees, orphans, and studying theology abroad. She loves immersing herself in other cultures and learning from the people. She also loves connecting people together and to resources to help build equity and has a heart for social justice work in her community and beyond. She has a background in the performing arts and loves theater, opera, and live music performances. Ashley’s hobbies include camping, hiking, bike trips with friends, exploring nature, reading, engaging in deep philosophical discussions, and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to be serving the UUFCC congregation as their religious educator.

Colleen Kennedy

Colleen Kennedy

Music Director

She/They

A native of Los Angeles, Colleen has over 25 years of experience as a choral musician. Colleen attended UCLA, where she received a B.A. in Music, with an emphasis in Music Education, and a Master’s degree in Education. Over the course of her career, she has worked with singers of all ages, in church settings, schools, and community groups.

In addition to serving at UUFCC, Colleen sings with the State College Choral Society, where she is also the organization’s Chorus Manager. When she’s not making music, Colleen can be found in the accounting department of a local manufacturing company

Bhakti Chan

Bhakti Chan

Office Administrator

She/Her

Bhakti manages the facility usage at UUFCC, coordinates supply orders, liaises between various committees and the minister, heads the Tech Team that runs the AV during Sunday Services and other events, designs the e-news, Orders of Service, and various other media, etc. If you are looking for something but are unsure of who to contact, you can email Bhakti with any questions.
Aside from the work at UUFCC, Bhakti plays piano and teaches piano to a wide range of ages. She enjoys singing in choir, cooking, baking, and often does a variety of crafts. Her current favorite game to play is Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Her top least favorite thing to do is to have to go to sleep, and her second least favorite thing to do is to have to wake up.

Martha Jordan

Martha Jordan

Piano Accompanist

She/Her

Martha joined the UUFCC in 1999 and has enjoyed being the piano accompanist for the adult choir since 2003. Being a part of the music ministry at the Fellowship and providing music that follows the themes of our services throughout the year brings Martha personal and spiritual satisfaction. She appreciates and supports the wide variety of music genres used during our services as a way to promote inclusiveness.

Martha’s musical background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Penn State and previous experience as church organist and piano accompanist at other churches.

David Morris

David Morris

Jazz Band Director

He/Him

David started trumpet studies privately in 1966. He participated in orchestra and concert band programs starting in junior high and continued his music studies at Allegheny Community College. While in college he was drafted, so he auditioned for the Air Force Field Bands and was accepted. After six years as a featured soloist with various Air Force bands, David was discharged from the service in California and went to study commercial music at the famous Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City, Ca.

Locally, David has volunteered to play lead in numerous school pit orchestras for musical productions. He currently teaches trumpet at Robert M. Sides Family Music Store where he started The Central PA Youth Jazz Experience for like-minded students who enjoy big band music. His students have gone on to music programs at Ithaca College, Brigham Young University, and Gettysburg College to name a few. Currently David’s experience in everything from Polish and Mexican Polkas, nightclub acts, big bands, Dixieland and pit orchestras is being utilized in his work as the Jazz Band Leader for the UUFCC.

Christine Eleazer

Christine Eleazer

Financial Secretary

She/Her

  • financialsecretary@uufcc.com

Christine is a semi-retired CPA. She started her career in Public Accounting and later transitioned to corporate accounting. Christine has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, and service industries. She has three children and 2 grandchildren. Christine grew up in NJ, went to Clemson University in South Carolina, then lived in Pittsburgh, Allentown, and returned to NJ before moving to State College in 2014.