Our Staff

Our Minister: Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker

The Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker serves as Minister at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church. She is a lifelong UU and has devoted her life and career to social change that promotes our UU values. She draws on experience as a social work professor and social change consultant to help equip our congregation’s leadership and congregants build systems and nurture relationships that help transform our community and world to become more compassionate and just. Rev. Pippin also serves the Unitarian Universalist Association as Chair of the Commission on Social Witness. She holds a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Work from the Florida State University, a certificate in Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction from the Center for Congregational Spirituality, and a Clinical Pastoral Education certificate from Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her spouse Steve and their three children, playing the piano, visiting museums, cooking healthy food, reading and connecting to nature.

Contact Rev. Pippin at [email protected]

Monthly Minister’s Reflection [read here]

Religious Education Coordinator (REC): Alison (Ali) Mills 

Ali has more than six years of experience as a teacher in Northern Virginia, including training in special education of elementary school students. She has been the Loudoun Soccer Commissioner and Coordinator for more than six years and is accustomed to managing both adults and children, including recruiting volunteers for coaching and other support. She has classroom management experience, amazing organizational skills, and can both write and implement curricula. She will use these abilities as REC to work onsite at AUUC in coordination with our DSD, Lara. She has been with AUUC since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know the diverse families at AUUC. Her overall mission as the Religious Education Coordinator is to help support the children, youth, and families in our RE program and to provide support to our classroom teachers and facilitators each week.  She helps to coordinate volunteers, prepare classrooms, and help the DSD and minister carry out the overall mission of the church.   

Contact Ali at [email protected]

Music Director: Brad Rinaldo

Brad Rinaldo has been working at Accotink for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from James Madison University and a Masters in piano performance from George Mason University. Aside from working at Accotink, Brad also teaches private piano lessons, conducts a choir at the Virginian assisted living facility, and sings with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. In his off time, Brad enjoys cooking, weightlifting, and spending time with his friends.

Contact Brad at [email protected]

Congregational Administrator: R.W. Carney III 

R.W. handles a wide range of administrative tasks, including our membership database, church calendars, assisting with rental business, and providing general information and support for our faith community.

Contact RW at [email protected]