Welcome Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss, Designated Senior Minister!
Our congregation unanimously and enthusiastically voted to contract with the Reverend Amanda Hendler-Voss to be our Designated Senior Minister on Sunday, February 23. Rev. Amanda lives with her spouse Seth and children Myles (13) and Simon (7) in Northern Virginia. She attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she was a Woodruff scholar and earned her Masters of Divinity with certificates in Black Church Studies and Church and Community Programs. She was ordained into the UCC in January 2006. While living in Atlanta, she coordinated the Georgia chapter of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and served as author and editor of WAND’s curriculum, Faith Seeking Peace. She served three years as the Minister of Faith Formation at First Congregational UCC of Asheville before becoming a founding co-pastor of the Land of the Sky UCC Church in Asheville.
Rev. Amanda pastored at the Land of Sky UCC for eight years, helping the church grow to 300 members while practicing a model of shared leadership built on collaboration. While there, she created many ways of ministering to both the congregation and the wider community, including launching a racial justice team which collaborated with local organizations to provide Dismantling Racism 101 and 201 training and co-facilitating Sacred Conversations on Race. She launched a prison ministry where she regularly led worship and provided retreat for incarcerated mothers.
In 2017, Rev. Amanda moved to Northern Virginia with her family where she has spent the last couple of years reflecting on her time at Land of the Sky, engaging in contemplative spirituality, and providing spiritual direction. She has had several written works published in various periodicals and maintains a blog where she reflects on the intersection of current events and our faith. She recently completed the UCC’s Sacred Conversations to End Racism facilitator training and passed the vetting examination.
Rev. Amanda officially joined the staff on Tuesday, March 17, and her first Sunday was March 22.