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Our Ministerial Staff
The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump
Our Senior Minister has chief responsibilities of supervision of the staff along with the ministerial responsibilities of pastoral counseling, conducting worship services, celebrating rites of passage, teaching, preaching, writing, and working in areas of social justice both within the congregation and in community outreach.
The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump began his ministry at our church in 1983. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Doctorate of Ministry from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
The Reverend Nathan A. Ryan
Assistant Minister Nathan Ryan attended the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge while a student at Louisiana State University from 1998 to 2002. In August 2012 he returned to Baton Rouge to begin his ministry as the church’s full-time Assistant Minister, joining the Senior Minister, The Reverend Steve Crump. When he was ordained by the congregation in ceremonies in 2013 he made history as the church’s first ordination in its 61 year history.
A native of Slidell, Ryan attended the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society in Lacombe with his family as a child and through his pre-teen years. As a youth he attended the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans, where his participation in youth activities both locally and regionally provided a deeper connection to his faith and a response to the call to ministry. The foundation for ministerial preparation was laid at LSU, where he majored in psychology, minored in religious studies, and organized and led the Unitarian Universalist student group. He also participated actively with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and the developing Baton Rouge Progressive Network, which brought the community radio station to Baton Rouge.
Nathan Ryan brings to his ministry a vast range of training and experiences. A credentialed Religious Educator, he served as Director of Lay Ministry, Religious Education Administrator, and Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Unitarian Universalist churches in Dallas and Cedar Park, Texas. In 2009 he matriculated at Chicago’s Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary, and in 2011 served a twelve month internship at a Washington, DC area Unitarian Universalist church where he gained experience in all aspects of ministry. He received the Master of Divinity degree in the summer of 2012.
Ryan’s successful candidacy for the position of Assistant Minister came as the culmination of a rigorous search process, conducted over a period of more than a year by a seven-member Board-appointed Search Committee. He received the affirmative vote for appointment by the Church’s Board of Directors in June 2012, and began his tenure as Assistant Minister on August 1, 2012.
Ryan joins a roster of ministers who have served the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge in its long history and transition from a small Fellowship to a large and thriving congregation. Unlike previous ministers and the current senior minister who were ordained prior to assuming their ministry with the Baton Rouge church, Ryan’s is the first request for ordination, and received the unanimous vote of the congregation - a signal and historic honor for the church. His forthcoming ordination follows the deeply rooted Unitarian Universalist tradition of ordination by the congregation, the only body that has the power to ordain, enabling full participation in the rights and privileges of ordained clergy in the church and society at large. It is of no small significance that he returns to his Louisiana roots and to the city of his student days at Louisiana State University, where he began training for a career in the ministry upon which he now embarks.
Rebecca T Cureau, UCBR PR Coordinator
Hear Nathan Ryan on Jim Engster Show, 19 Feb., 2013