Welcome, Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County welcomes Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls as she transitions at the end of this year from Interim to Contract ministry with us. We are very excited to be welcoming her into our pulpit and into our lives into the foreseeable future.

Tracy has served as our transition minister the past 2.5 years. During this time, she has demonstrated her ability to engage in collaborative, consultative, and shared ministry, as well as her strong interpersonal skills. These characteristics were prioritized by the congregation during the year-long search process, which involved multiple opportunities for the congregation to express their wishes for a new minister. As a result, the Ministerial Search Committee recommended that Rev. Tracy continue as a contract minister on a yearly basis, with the possibility of calling her as a settled minister in the future. Based on this strong recommendation, the Board voted to hire Rev. Tracy on a yearly contract beginning August 1, 2024.

This is her twenty-fifth year serving congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association as a minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS).

Currently, Tracy 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 Liberal Religious Educators Association (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, amongst other things.

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 loves to travel, make new friends, and try new things.

Tracy and her husband currently live in Summit, New Jersey with their two dogs, Jova and Macy. Tracy plans to move to the Centre County area as soon as they find a house. David will join her at the end of this year when he retires from his position at Bellevue Hospital. Tracy and David have three grown children and one grandchild.

Tracy looks forward to putting down roots, learning all the hiking trails, and getting involved with the life and activities of the area.

Rev. Tracy Sprowls