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Our Minister

Rev. Doak Mansfield

The times are so very troubled. Where can one find a safe and welcoming community that respects and honors the individual, encouraging a principled search for inspiring truth? 

 

We aspire to be that community. We are related in a covenant - promises exchanged and kept as a beloved community, informed by respect, encouragement, and efforts to build a just and peaceful world. We stress spiritual freedom and intellectual vigor. We are radically inclusive. Love guides us and goodness inspires us.

 

We hope you will check us out and learn what we have found: love, ideas, and ideals that bless.  Warmly, Rev. Doak

Rev. Doak (pronounced like soak) is a native of Tennessee and has lived in eight states. He is a graduate of Martin College, Pulaski, TN, and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Doak received his ministerial education from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and his Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree (Spiritual Direction) and is a Fellow at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, Indiana. Doak was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister November 28, 1976, by Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

Additionally, Doak completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is a graduate of the US Army Chaplaincy School. He served as US Army Reserve Chaplain, Hospital Staff Chaplain, and Hospice Chaplain.

 

His broad inclusive ministry includes pastorates with Heritage Universalist Unitarian in Cincinnati, where he is Minister Emeritus, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, AL, part-time efforts with Our Home UU Church in Ellisville, MS, half-time duties with Red Hill Universalist Church in Clinton, NC, full-time interim minister at the UU Church of Tampa, FL, and a three-year ministry with the Community UU Church of Pasco, WA, which concluded in 2018. He last served as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast in Valparaiso, FL, 2018-2020.

 

On a personal level, Doak is a widower, father of two sons, and grandfather of five (one girl and four boys). He enjoys theater, PBS, all things historical, and classic country and bluegrass music. He prefers iced unsweetened tea to coffee and is pretty much a “teetotaler.”

 

Doak received a successful heart transplant on June 21, 2010, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

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