Ministerial Announcement

Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church is very pleased to announce the selection of Zackrie Vinczen as its settled minister. He began service with the Bainbridge island and North Kitsap congregation on August 1.

Graduating in 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry, Zackrie has subsequently been on the staff of the nearly 400-member Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley as the Coordinator or Acting Director of the congregation’s Family Ministry program. That multi-dimensional program is dedicated to helping prepare young UUs & their families for a lifetime of spiritual exploration and growth..

While still a seminary student at Starr King, Zackrie spent time with the San Francisco Night Ministry program, working primarily with homeless and marginally housed people. He says that his experience there taught him a lot about ministerial authority in the public sphere, affirmed his call to pastoral ministry, and demonstrated the important role that pastoral care can play in a community. The experience helped him more deeply understand his call as “a longing to be pastoral — helping people find meaning and navigate the complexities of their lives.”

Coming to Cedars will be a return to Washington for Zackrie. Although born in Alaska, he spent most of his childhood in Grays Harbor County and earned an AA degree from the community college there. Transferring to Western Washington University in Bellingham, he then declared a double major in philosophy and creative writing before graduating with a BA degree in English. It was also in Bellingham that he met his husband, Elliott, and they were both active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship there.