The Rev. Joyce Palmer began working as UUCW’s Assistant Minister for Membership and Congregational Engagement on August 3, 2015. Prior to joining the UUCW staff team, Rev. Palmer most recently served as the Director of Religious Education at Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI and she also served as Director of Membership and Lay Ministry at All Souls Church UU, in Washington, DC. She completed her seminary education at Candler School of Theology, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her interest in Unitarian Universalism began years ago at the UU church in Rockford, IL, and from that moment on she became actively involved with congregations teaching youth and adult religious education, the Our Whole Lives sexuality program, and serving on committees.
Rev. Palmer most appreciates the accepting, open-minded, and inclusive spirit nurtured in UU congregations. Before pursuing ministerial studies, Rev. Palmer worked with the Head Start Program as both Head Teacher and Site Supervisor. Here at Unitarian Universalist Church West, as a half-time minister, Rev. Palmer will facilitate membership processes and member engagement, coordinate and support pastoral care, and she will assist with worship. Rev. Palmer lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons. Reading, NIA dancing, Tae Kwon Do, and spending time with her family are among her favorite things to do.