Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Rev. Vicki is a Connecticut native and a life-long Unitarian Universalist. She holds advanced degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. Vicki started her ministry at UUCGL on August 1, 2013.
Rev. Chris Scheller
Minister of Community Life and Learning
Chris was born and raised in Massachusetts. He came to Unitarian Universalism by way of Buddhism and Earth-based spiritual practices and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He brings a deep love for spiritual growth, storytelling, community building, and worship. He lives in Winchester with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Kimmie and Annabel.
Director of Music
Kenneth E. Griffith II, an Ohio native, is a highly accomplished conductor, collaborative pianist, vocalist, and music director. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Capital University Conservatory of Music (OH) in Vocal Performance and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Bard College Conservatory of Music (NY).
Kenneth has worked with a wide range of ensembles covering many genres of music such as choral, chamber orchestral, folk, musical theatre, contemporary, and operatic works. Having had such a breadth of experience, he brings an eclectic sensibility to his interpretation of music.
From a very early age, Kenneth began cultivating his love of music. At just eight years old, he joined the Cincinnati Boychoir and, shortly thereafter, began to study piano independently. Ravenous for high-level music performance, Kenneth continued his choral instruction under the tutelage of James Bagwell in the Cincinnati Mayfestival Youth Chorus and performed frequently with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and with the adult May Festival Chorus at seasonal Riverbend Concerts. In 2007, during his last full season with the Youth Chorus, it was featured on From the Top, the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians on NPR and PBS. During the same period, Kenneth began to work in collegiate and semi-professional musical theatre – playing piano for shows like Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA.
As Kenneth moved into his next phase of education, he continued to perform with uniquely distinguished music ensembles such as the Capital University Chapel Choir and became a formidable collaborative pianist throughout his college years. During this time, he studied conducting with Grammy-Award winning conductor, William Boggs, and quickly established a reputation for creative vision and highly energetic performance. In 2010, Kenneth was awarded the top prize in Capital University’s Student Concerto Competition in Conducting. Kenneth built upon this experience and quickly found himself thrust into the world of professional, semi-professional, and children’s theatre in the greater Columbus area. His efforts paid off when he received an award for Excellence in Music Direction from the Theatre Roundtable for his work on the musical, “Chess: In Concert” with the Senior Repertory of Ohio in 2012.
After Columbus, Kenneth moved to Bard College to reunite with James Bagwell but now as a graduate student continuing his work in conducting. During his time in NY, Kenneth worked with the Bard College Chamber Singers and Symphonic Chorus, became the Chorusmaster for the Bard Opera Chorus, and the Music Director for the Bard Musical Theatre Company.
In 2014, Kenneth returned to the United States after a series of concerts at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland where he served as the Assistant Conductor for four different concerts. Ending that summer, he worked with the Concert Chorale of New York during the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center.
Kenneth continues to be active in the Massachusetts area. He is the Director of Choral and Chamber Music at Brooks School in North Andover, MA where he conducts two choirs, a chamber music ensemble, teaches private lessons, Ethics, and offers an Intro to Theatre course. Additionally, Kenneth regularly music directs theatrical shows in the greater Boston area. Recent productions include On the Town, Sister Act, Cabaret, and She Loves Me.
He currently resides in North Andover, MA along the beautiful Lake Cochichewick with his three year old Goldendoodle, Teddy.
781-595-8836, ext. 10
Elizabeth F. Muller
Elizabeth oversees the administrative, financial, facility, and human resource operations of the church. Being church administrator seems a serendipitous combination of her past careers in management consulting, publishing, and facilities management and her desire to continue in a religious environment where work is a ministry. Her past church experience includes capital campaign and building project management, data analysis and development of case studies in growth, and work as volunteer coordinator, grants coordinator, and newsletter editor. Elizabeth strives to create and maintain a welcoming, nurturing home for parishioners and guests; a supportive, friendly work environment for staff; and a smoothly running business operation.
781-595-8836, ext. 14
Angie M. Kern
Angie has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1986 when she joined UUCGL to raise her daughter in this faith community. She's served this faith in many areas of religious education here in Swampscott and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada. Her work as teacher, youth advisor, and chair of the Curriculum Committee and Religious Education Committee/Department at both churches naturally progressed to her work in the church office as Administrative Assistant. Her primary responsibilities are the production of the Weekly Update, the Sunday Orders of Worship and other printed communications, the processing of church income, and the support of the church community and staff. She has worked in our church office since 1994.
781-595-8836, ext. 20
Sexton, Building & Grounds Maintenance
Michael maintains the building and grounds of this church and tries to provide a safe, neat, welcoming environment for parishioners and guests. For decades he has been a landscaper and now has a property maintenance company. This is a very special place for him with its peaceful nature and he tries to take care of it so others can enjoy the same benefits.