Our Ministers

Rev. Jack Donovan, Minister

Rev. Jack Donovan came to UU St. Pete from Gainesville, where he served as minister of the UU congregation for 17 years, as a Hospice chaplain for several years, as a Gainesville City Commissioner for two terms, as pastor of two Presbyterian churches for a sum of eight years, and for a year and a half as director of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless.

Before entering the ministry, Jack served as a Peace Corps teacher in Micronesia, a USAID Refugee Officer in Vietnam, a staff member of Boston’s Community Action Agency, and a consultant on Federal social programs. He also spent five years trying, but failing, to write the great American novel.

Jack’s educational background includes a BA in literature from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Divinity from the Starr King School in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He was trained in, but can no longer speak, Vietnamese and Trukese (a Pacific Island language). The same is true of Latin (despite three years of study in high school) and ancient Hebrew (despite an intensive on-line course from Dubuque University Seminary). Jack’s greatest interest is in contributing to spiritually healthy communities.

You may contact Jack at minister@uustpete.org or (352) 327-6166.


Rev. Karen Day, RE Family and Community Minister

Rev. Karen Day has served parish, community and religious education ministries in Chicago, San Francisco, North Carolina and Floyd, Virginia. Living in Chicago for eighteen years, she taught fifth grade, drama for all ages and directed religious education programs at First Unitarian Society of Chicago. After some years as an improvisational performer she attended seminary at Starr King School for Theology while she and her partner McCabe lived on a sailboat. After interning with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry and First Unitarian Church of San Francisco she was called to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, NC as minister. There the congregation hosted a UU Service Committee Farmworker program and created an Interfaith Alliance that continues to offer programs today.

Before moving to St. Pete McCabe and Karen founded Plenty!, a community food sharing organization in Floyd, VA that offers farm fresh produce, community meals, school gardens and more. Here she supports families in spiritual and faith development, coordinates programs for children and youth and leads our justice ministry work with Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST), an interfaith coalition of about forty congregations in Pinellas County that advocates with elected officials for change. She can be contacted at re@uustpete.org.