Our Ministers and Staff
Minister, Reverend Danny Reed
A native of North Carolina, Rev. Danny Reed and his family arrived in Charleston in 2005 after he served Unitarian Universalist Congregations in St. Louis, MO, and Norfolk, VA. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Starr King School for the Ministry (of the Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, CA. Before becoming affiliated with our Church, Rev. Reed provided pastoral care as Chaplain to area hospitals and hospice providers.
As the Minister of the Unitarian Church in Charleston, he continues our historic tradition of openness and welcome to individuals and families who seek a broad path of faith and religious understanding. Adding his voice and perspective to our enthusiasm and inclusivity, he joins in our desire to create a vital free church community in the Lowcountry.
Assistant Minster, Reverend Nancy Bird Pellegrini
Rev. Nancy Pellegrini received her Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC after previously working for 20 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. She moved south to Charleston with her husband Dr. Vincent Pellegrini in April 2013.
As a community minister, Rev. Pellegrini serves as chaplain at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also assists in leading worship services at UCC. After working on global issues, Rev. Pellegrini now looks forward to making a difference in the lives of individuals one step at a time.
Office Administrator, Sandra Selvitelli
Sandra became the church’s office administrator in the summer of 2014. Originally from Atlanta, she and her husband moved from Boston in 2006 to enjoy warmer weather and the beautiful city of Charleston. Sandra earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia and is still a big Bulldog fan! While away from the office, she enjoys time with her husband and two young children, partaking in outdoor activities, cooking and reading.
Interim Music Director, Susan Conant
Susan Conant, Interim Music Director, has been enthusiastically lending her musical skills to UC-CHS since 2008 when she and her husband, Trip Banner, moved from Illinois. As our Interim Music Director for the 2017-2018 year, Susan will be heading up our music program and leading our choirs. Susan held positions previously as Children’s Choir Director and Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, IL. An accomplished flutist, recorder player and composer, Conant trained at the New England Conservatory. She frequently performs around town as a member of a number of diverse folk and chamber music ensembles. She writes and performs music of her own and maintains a teaching studio. She has a MA in Landscape Architecture, a skill which she uses only occassionally because she’d rather be sharing music. Susan and Trip have two grown children, Grace and Rachel.
Music Accompanist, Amy Ball
Amy Ball, pianist and organist, has been accompanying the choir since 2007. Amy also volunteers as accompanist for JICHS choral groups and enjoys working with anyone who makes music. She had formal training in both piano and organ a while ago, has education degrees in other areas, and works full time as a high school librarian. Amy and her husband Marty have lived in Charleston since 1995; both their children came through the UU-CHS RE program.
Religious Education Director, Megan Thornton
Megan Thornton, Director of Religious Education, has been working with kids in the school system since 2000 in Moline, Illinois. Her husband and three kids moved to the Charleston area in 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and spent time teaching both elementary and middle school students before receiving her master’s degree in counseling. For the last 9 years, she has been a counselor in the public school system. She is excited to continue the wonderful Religious Education classes at our church and bring new curriculum into our classes. Megan and her husband Scott have three children. Evan is 19 and just starting College of Charleston, Isaac is starting his freshman year in High School and Anna is in 7th grade.
Membership Coordinator, Carol Oates
Carol Oates and her husband, Richard Moss, have been a part of this congregation since 1997. After serving on numerous committees (Religious Education, Music, Nominating, Music Director Search Committee, and Green Sanctuary, teaching Sunday School, and singing in the Choir, she had the opportunity to become the church’s first Membership Coordinator. Carol enjoys talking with people, newcomers and long-time members about church life. Originally from California, Carol earned a B.M. in Music Therapy and an M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education. She and Richard have two children, Julia and Alex, who grew up in this church.
Church Sexton, Joe McCormack
Joe has been our Sexton since 2013. Joe served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1993. After retiring from active duty in 1993, Joe worked at MUSC with the Office Risk Management, OSHA division. Joe found the church’s ad for this position and felt this was the perfect job not only because of his qualifications, personality and temperament but also because his mother remarried in the Unitarian Church in 1962. He has a picture of himself as a young boy at the railing in the Sanctuary. In his free time, Joe enjoys seeing his son and daughter and spending time with his three grandchildren.
Wedding Coordinator, Susan Findlay
A lifelong Unitarian, Sue has been a part of our congregation since 1996. She has held the on-site wedding coordinator since 2008 and has worked with many couples who have chosen our beautiful church for their wedding ceremonies. In the past, Sue has taught Religious Education and served on various committees including the Religious Education Committee and the Music Committee. She is currently a member of the choir. While not coordinating weddings, Sue works as a technology teacher at Harbor View Elementary School. She is also a member of the Charleston Symphony Chorus and plays keyboards in a band with other members of the congregation.