Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale
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The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica
Stefanie S. Etzbach-Dale is Our New Intern Minister
The Rev. Stefanie S. Etzbach-Dale will join our church staff next month as an intern minister for nine months.
is in candidate status through the UUA, focusing on pastoral ministry as a result of her
chaplaincy experiences at NYU
and UCLA Medical Centers.
This interest was furthered through field work at First Unitarian Society
in Hyde Park, NY, this year under the supervision of the Rev. Nina Grey.
helped initiate and lead small group ministry learning groups.
Stefanie is originally from Queens, NY, where she earned her undergraduate degree from CUNY Queens College.
After a two-year program at Interfaith Seminary
, Interfaith Fellowship in New York City, she
was ordained as an interfaith minister in June 2000, at St. John's Cathedral
in New York.
says, " I found my religious home at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island, NY, and moved to Chicago in 2001 for the Meadville Lombard Theological School residential Master of Divinity program.
"Last year my husband, George, and I were married, and I became stepmom to three wonderful children - Gregory, 17; Natalie, 14; and Alex, 10.
I am very excited now to be moving to Santa Monica to be with my new family, as well as to be working and learning with the congregation in the capacity of minister intern."
initially approached us and I could see that she
would be a good match for our congregation, so we worked together to create the position," explains the Rev. Judith Meyer.
"I'm looking forward to working with Stefanie
," says Judith.