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Our Ministerial Staff

The Reverend Joel Miller

The Reverend Joel Miller began as our Interim Minister on August 1, 2019. His bio is a journey. Please visit his website,

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The Reverend Nathan A. Ryan

The Reverend Nathan Ryan serves as Associate Minister at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. He received his Master of Divinity degree from from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In August 2012 he began his ministry with the church. When he was ordained by the congregation in ceremonies in 2013 he made history as the church’s first ordination in its 61 year history.

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The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump, Minister Emeritus 

The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump faithfully and meritoriously served the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge as Senior Minister for 36 years, having begun his ministry at our church in 1983. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Doctorate of Ministry from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

The title Minister Emeritus was granted by the congregation to the Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump  on December 16, 2018 in recognition of his long and meritorious service to the church.

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In an article, “From Abortion To Guns, Retiring Unitarian Pastor Steve Crump has Faced the Controversies,” published January 11, 2019 on The, writer George Morris highlights Dr. Crump’s ministry.

“We’d better agree on how to love one another and how to be a face-to-face community.” (The Reverend Dr. Steve Crump, January 6, 2019)



The Reverend Beth Miller

Interim Minister Beth Miller has served as minister for five UU congregations, directed the department of ministry and professional leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Association, and worked as an organizational development consultant to many congregations. She has volunteered with the UUA as a mentor and coach for other ministers. Beth earned her Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and was jointly ordained in 1990 by her home congregation, the UU Church of Rockville, Md. and her internship congregation, Paint Branch UU Church in Adelphi, Md.

She was here from mid-January till mid-July 2019.

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