Meet our Ministers
Jennifer Brower, Minister for Pastoral Care
The Rev. Jennifer L. Brower was called to Shelter Rock in 2002, having served congregations in New York City and East Brunswick, New Jersey. A graduate of Ohio University, Athens, OH, she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
Jennifer currently serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Metro New York district Growth and Extension Committee. She has led workshops on Spirituality & Health, Spiritual Practice and Small Group Ministry for a variety of Unitarian Universalist conferences. Jennifer’s ministry in the larger community includes work with the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and organizations serving the needs of people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She is the author of an essay on faith, spirituality and aging for the FRONTLINE documentary, “Living Old.”
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Brought up in the Presbyterian tradition, she had many “near encounters” with Unitarian Universalism that eventually led her to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in San Francisco, where she lived for three years. Jennifer currently resides in Sea Cliff with her family.
Natalie Fenimore, Minister of Lifespan Religious Education
The Rev. Natalie M. Fenimore, Minister for Lifespan Religious Education, was called to Shelter Rock in 2013, having served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Maryland and Virginia as Minister of Religious Education and Parish Minister. She holds a M.A. from Hood College and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level. Natalie serves on the UUA’s Council on Cross Cultural Engagement and is the President of the Liberal Religious Educators Association.
A centered, thoughtful person, the Rev. Fenimore is an engaging preacher and worship leader who brings passion to lifespan religious education. In her own words, “religious education is central to Unitarian Universalism…a process of giving an outline for living. Religious education encompasses all aspects of learning and growing.”
Paul Johnson, Senior Minister
The Rev. Dr. Paul S. Johnson has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for over thirty five years, having served congregations in Hanska, MN, Silver Spring, MD, and Princeton, NJ, before coming to Shelter Rock in 2002. A graduate of Trinity College, Deerfield, IL, he holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Minnesota State University (Mankato), and M.A., Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Meadville Lombard Theological School, affiliated with the University of Chicago.
Paul is a past president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association and has served on the Commission on Social Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association and on the Board of Trustees of Meadville/Lombard Theological School. He has also served the larger community on the Workers’ Rights Board of Long Island Jobs with Justice and on the Public Issues Committee of the Long Island Council of Churches. Rev. Johnson currently sits on the Board of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of LI/NYC.