minister & Staff

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Rev. colleen vahey - minister

Rev. Vahey began as our minister in August 2017.   Over the past 25 years she has served as a hospital chaplain, religious educator, assistant minister, and college lecturer.  She also serves as the part-time Faith in Action minister at Unity Temple in Oak Park.  Born and raised in Wisconsin, Colleen has also lived in Australia, Switzerland, France, and Czech Republic. She enjoys reading, kayaking, and spending time in nature.  Her love of ministry is helping people find meaning and purpose, building the beloved community, and working for justice.


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kyle stephens - music director

Kyle Stephens is a composer, pianist and educator. Having studied jazz and composition at Northern Illinois University and earning his Bachelor’s in composition, Kyle is an in-demand composer and arranger for middle school and high school ensembles. Kyle is fluent in numerous genres and styles within the realms classical, jazz, and pop music. He loves working with kids and teaches a studio of 20-30 students. Kyle is also a visual artist and enjoys writing short stories and humor pieces. To contact Kyle: TUCMusicman@gmail.com


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MINISTERIAL INTERN - REBECCA JONES

Rebecca (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently a student at the Chicago Theological Seminary where she will be studying in the InterReligious Institute. She comes to us from East Tennessee, where she was a trauma therapist, social work instructor and community educator, specifically on the topics of consent and healthy relationships. She has a passion for community engagement and grant writing. In her free time, Rebecca loves cooking for friends, illustrating humorous concepts and taking her dog on adventures. To contact Rebecca: TUCIntern@gmail.com


office administrator - deb jensen
custodian - larry Evans

The Reverend Donald H Wheat, Minister Emeritus