Our Minister and Staff
Minister: Rev. Fred L Hammond
Ministerial intern: Monica Dobbins
Director of Religious Education: Mary Barrett
Music Director: Mike Rives
Newsletter Editor: Ana Schuber
Treasurer: Ed Stephenson
Webmaster: Selena Woodruff
Rev. Fred L Hammond
Rev. Fred grew up in New York State where the three states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey come together. His paternal grandparents deeply influenced his theology. They were naturalists and taught him about the diversity of ferns and flowers, even within the same species. A lesson that he generalized to his own sexual orientation. He moved to Danbury, CT where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and then his Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education at Western Connecticut State University. For about a dozen years he worked as a clinical behavioral specialist with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.
After a dear friend was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1987, Rev. Fred became a co-founder of the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury. He served this organization as founding board member, as President, and then as Executive Director. The ministry grew under his watch from a part time ministry to a complement of eight staff. He received the 1995 Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for his work.
He joined the Unitarian Universalist Society of Northern Fairfield County (now known as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury) in the mid -1990s.
In 2003, he enrolled in Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and received his Masters of Divinity in 2007. His home congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury ordained him in May of 2007. He did his ministerial internship at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Diego, CA. He served as Student Minister for the Congregation of Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, MI. He served as minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jackson, MS and the Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church in Ellisville, MS.
Rev. Fred became the consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa in 2008. In 2013, the congregation called him to be their full time minister. His focus in ministry is for Unitarian Universalists to be known for their ministry in the community. Congregations are known by their deeds. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa is becoming known as the congregation that shows up for Justice.
Rev. Fred enjoys delving into his genealogical roots. He writes poetry and short stories. He enjoys capturing the beauty of the world in photographs. He also writes a blog which can be found here: A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South. He may be contacted by email at RevFredLHammond @ yahoo.com [remove spaces]