The Reverend Doak M Mansfield, D.Min., became our minister September 1, 2015. He and his wife Peggy reside in Kennewick. He usually speaks at our 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday services. He is available for pastoral counseling and as officiant for life events.
Doak, as he prefers to be called, was granted full fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in 1980. He first served the Heritage UU Church in Cincinnati 1975-85 and was honored as Minister Emeritus by them in 2010. Doak was first Extension and then Settled Minister at the UU Church of Huntsville, AL, during 1985-2000. He completed a two year term as Interim Minister for the UU Church of Tampa, FL, in the summer of 2015. Between 2000 and 2013 he dealt with advancing heart disease, receiving a heart transplant June 21, 2010. He has made an excellent recovery and was able to return to intentional ministry.
Born in Fayetteville, TN, he was educated in the public schools of Lincoln County, TN, and graduated from Martin Methodist College (A.A.) Pulaski, TN, Austin Peay State University (B.S.) Clarksville, TN, United Seminary (M.Div.) Dayton, Ohio, and The Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min.) Mishawaka, IN.
During his ministerial career Doak was for eight years a US Army Reserve Chaplain in Ohio and Tennessee, and worked for 6 years as a staff chaplain at Bethesda Hospitals in Cincinnati. He was founding Chaplain for Hospice of Huntsville, serving 4 years, and advisor to Compassionate Friends.
He has two sons and five grand-ones.
His wife Peggy Owens-Mansfield is retired from the American Red Cross serving 10 years as Youth Director in Pensacola, Florida and 25 years as Executive Director of the Pine Belt Chapter Laurel, Mississippi.
Doak says of his calling: “For me ministry is an alchemy of ideas, feelings, and hopes: reasonable ideas that matter, feelings that ground and expand, and hopes that inspire, challenge, and encourage. I speak extemporaneously, guided by research, reflection, and compassion on issues of the internal life and the intersection of the real and promise in our shared and interdependent life. Ministry is love crafted with creativity to do the good.”
Doak may be reached by phone: 601.498.0906 or by email: minister@community uu.org.