Fred Mills, whose experience as a UU religious educator goes back three decades, has been named the new director of religious education (DRE) at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church.
A resident of South Hamilton and a member of the First Parish Church in Beverly (UU), Mr. Mills will begin his work as our DRE on September 1. As our first paid, half-time DRE, Mr. Mills will be charged with improving an already-strong program that has been run by volunteers since the founding of our church in 1966.
“Religious education is a passion of mine,” says Mr. Mills. “I believe that we have a faith that is worthy of longevity, and I believe that it is our shared responsibility to provide a context of faith in a theologically embattled world.”
From 1975 to 1984, he served as DRE for the First Parish Church in Beverly. During that time, he was a member of the Massachusetts Bay RE Team, and served as a facilitator for the team’s outreach program, “A Bag of Tricks.”
In addition to his work as DRE in Beverly, Mr. Mills served:
- On the Massachusetts Bay District Board of Directors.
- As a youth leader for Star Island family conferences for more than 20 years.
- As an AYS (About Your Sexuality) and OWL (Our Whole Lives) facilitator.
- As the DRE for the Beverly School for the Deaf, a one-year term reporting to the Beverly Council of Churches.
Since the 1980s, Mr. Mills has worked in the business world. He is currently manager of Vernon A. Martin Inc., Realtor, in Peabody. He is an active member of the Hamilton/Wenham Rotary, the Hamilton Affordable Housing Committee, and the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. In addition, he has coached youth soccer for more than 12 years.
Mr. Mills and his wife, Susan Grassin, are the parents of two adult children.
The DRE Search Committee is grateful for the support of the congregation, the Religious Education Committee, and our last DRE, Susan Timmins, who remains an active and vital part of our RE Program.
Barbara Kennedy, Chair