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]

Director of Spiritual Development: Alison (Ali) Mills 

Ali Mills stepped into the role of the Director of Spiritual Development at AUUC after serving for three years as the Religious Education Coordinator. She has over 18 years of experience working with children, youth, and families of all ages as a teacher, mentor, parent and community volunteer. She plans to continue seeking out new ways to grow AUUC’s religious education program, stay connected to each other and the church as a whole, and provide opportunities to expand our spiritual growth, while maintaining a welcoming and inclusive program for all of the wonderfully diverse families who attend AUUC. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and many pets. In her free time she enjoys gardening, riding bikes, reading and finding new places to explore locally.  

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]

Pastoral Consulting Minister: Rev. Dr. Alexa Fraser

Rev. Dr. Alexa Fraser joins AUUC on September 1 to provide pastoral consulting to the congregation during this year while Rev. Pippin is working ¾ time. Rev. Alexa will focus on supporting the pastoral care team, preaching one Sunday per month, and providing pastoral care one week per month while Rev. Pippin is on study leave.

Rev. Alexa is an experienced minister and has served as interim at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling and as transitional minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Lynchburg, VA. She has a passion for pastoral care and has taken a lead role in this area in all the congregations she has served. In addition to her commitment to parish ministry, she has worked in hospital and pain and palliative care settings. She is certified in Spiritual Direction and is a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Certified by the Grief Recovery Institute™.  She holds a PhD in environmental studies and worked as a health researcher for NIH and other Federal agencies for over 25 years before her career change. She has been a UU for 22 years and was previously a Quaker. She loves Zoom ministry and is delighted to be serving AUUC as its Pastoral Care minister for this year. 

Contact Rev. Alexa at [email protected]