Ministers


The Pullman Memorial Universalist Church is led by consulting minister Kelly W. Aspooth-Jackson with the support of two ministers and a ministerial student who alternate in the pulpit.  Each brings their unique talents and style which provide a rich variety of services.

Rev. Kelly W. Aspooth-Jackson joined PMUC as Consulting Minister in September 2009. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Kelly is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. Kelly received his Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bard College, 2003.  From 2008-2009 he served as a chaplain at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Kelly lives in Rochester with his partner Sara and their one year old daughter Miriam.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the life of this congregation. What power is within these walls! What potential is within these people! What hope and liberation have we to share with the world!"

Rev. Donald Reidell has served the church part time since 1977. He holds a Bachelor degree from State University of New York College at Buffalo, a Master degree in English Education, and a Master of Theology from Canisius College. He is married and has three children--Erich, Kimberley, and Marcus. For 37 years he was a high school teacher of English, retiring in 1997.  In addition to serving the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church twice a month, he serves U.U. churches in Jamestown, Niagara Falls, and Hamburg.  "Serving the Pullman church provides me with inspiration and renewal. Each member is fully committed, not only to his or her own religious quest but also committed to a covenant of the church. It is my  privilege to serve in this congregation."
Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, raised in Boston, and with a leaning since childhood toward the sacred. "My professional life for the past 25 years has been within the art world, writing and teaching about the visual experience. My love of the arts --especially the visual arts and writing--my connections to the natural world, and my commitment to help others connect with the sacred in themselves, others, and the world--has been leading me very slowly toward ministry. I have been attending Colgate Rochester Divinity School working toward an MDiv. for almost a decade.  I've been taking a class a semester in addition to pursuing a very fulltime job at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and raising a family. I began leading a service a month at Pullman (and in the summers at the Cobblestone Church) in the fall of 1995. Over these years I have become deeply attached to the people in the church and am incredibly grateful to have found such a welcoming community in which to test out my very fledgling wings."
Rev. John Rex is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and has advanced degrees from SUNY at Buffalo and Starr King School for the Ministry.  After 27 years of teaching high school English, John entered seminary and was ordained in the UU ministry in 1995. He has served UU congregations in Fredericksburg, VA, Jacksonville, FL, and North Palm Beach, FL.  He served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1962-64, and again in Namibia from 2003-04, and is now the chairperson of  the newly organized Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Western New York.  While in seminary, he spent nine months doing independent study in India during which time he visited UU groups in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.  He later spent six months in a ministry to the tribal Khasi Unitarians in North East India.  Johnís daughter, Anne, is a doctor and the mother of twins, Drew and Gwen, born on 3/8/06.  Although now retired from full time ministry, John preaches at UU churches in the area as needed, and remains very active as a member of the Buffalo Gay Menís Chorus.

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