Dr. Curtis Smith, President of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester (UUCM), a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), announces that on May 5th the congregation selected its new minister. By a large majority, the assembled congregation called Patrick McLaughlin to be their ‘Settled Minister‘. Reverend McLaughlin will begin his pastorate on August 1st, becoming the 65th minister to serve the church.

 Reverend Patrick McLaughlin


Reverend McLaughlin earned his Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. He was awarded his degree on May 20th. He was ordained by his home congregation, the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista, California on May 27th

He served as intern minister at the Orange Coast UU Church in Costa Mesa, California, where he earned an excellent recommendation from his supervising minister. He has many years of lay leadership experience, and broad experience in religious education, chaplaincy, church administration, and preaching. The ministry will be his third career. 

Rev. McLaughlin is a life long Unitarian Universalist. He grew up in Colorado, Nebraska, California, Australia, and Belgium. His wife, Barbara, and two sons, Connor (20), and Brendan(18), will be moving with him to New Hampshire, this summer.  

UUCM has served Manchester and the surrounding towns and cities of the Central Merrimack River Valley since 1825. At that time it was called the Universalist Society of Bedford and Goffstown. The Society changed its name to the First Universalist Society of Manchester in 1839 when it moved across the river to the center of Manchester, and built a church at 50 Lowell Street. In 1913 - 1914, the Society sold the building on Lowell Street and built a new one at 669 Union Street. In 1965 they merged with the First Unitarian Society of Manchester to form the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester. 2014 will mark 100 years in their beautiful stone building on Union Street.

Please join with the congregation of UUCM in welcoming the McLaughlin family to Manchester. Services are held Sunday mornings at 10 AM. The Church is handicap accessible, with large print hymnals and hearing assist devices. UUCM is a Welcoming Congregation of the UUA, serving people of all ages, races, nationalities, creeds and sexual identifications. Child care is offered during services. For more information, you may call us at 603-625-6854.


Rev. Bevan C. Tulk is a Community Minister associated with UUCM. His current ministry is the Director of Pastoral and Spiritual Care for Havenwood-Heritage Heights, a continued care retirement community in Concord, NH. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA, with a focus on spiritual care and the use of the arts.

 Write to Reverend Bevan: revbevanctulk@uumanchester.org

Bevan has been a long-time student of several religious traditions and their spiritual practices. Bevan’s previous ministry was in a Hospice program, journeying with people living with the awareness of their impending death and their loved ones. He also developed and facilitated bereavement support programs and a variety of programs on end-of-life care for healthcare workers, clergy and the public. He continues to offer workshops to clergy, healthcare professionals and caregivers on a variety of topics related to interfaith chaplaincy and integrating the arts in our spiritual journey.

Bevan has been involved in the UUCM community since 2001, when he married UUCM member Anne L Boedecker. Shortly thereafter he became a member. During his seminary training he served as a field education student under the supervision of Rev. Mary Wellemeyer. Bevan feels blessed to have been ordained by the members of the UUCM community in 2011. .

Bevan lives in Bow with Anne, their “pet therapy dropout” dog, Tashi, and a cat named Cleo. He enjoys gardening, painting, reading, baking bread and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

To find out more about Bevan’s ministry you can go to www.hhhinfo.com or www.artshealthesoul.com. Your can contact revbevanctulk@uumanchester.org

Rick Carkin is our Director of Religious Education (DRE). In addition to serving as DRE, Rick is a New Hampshire Justice of the Peace and is the contact for our wedding chapel for same sex weddings. Rick is also an accomplished vocalist, singing in our choir, a local choral group, and an a capella ensemble. He also has an in-home quilting studio. Most Sunday mornings, you will find Rick serving the teachers and students in the Religious Education department.
Write to Rick: dre@uumanchester.org

Luc Roberge is our Music Director.

Our Office Administrator is Joanne Spilios. You can call her Jo. Her career path has taken her into many arenas, both here and in the United Kingdom. In addition to her work with UUCM, she works at her practice as a Jungian analyst. Another passion of hers is helping horses with soft tissue work called The Equine Touch.


As UUCM’s Office Administrator, one of Jo’s many duties is maintaining our online Calendar and is the person to contact should you wish to rent or book space for a meeting or an event.

Her office hours are Mon thru Thurs from 9:15 to 2pm. You can reach her at the

church phone 603-625-6854 or uucm@uumanchester.org
Helping out with the ministerial functions is the Pastoral Care Team;

“There is no chair for the Pastoral Committee.  Every member is the coordinator for a month at a time and we keep each other updated as to what we are doing.  Belinda Nerl, Judy Corbit and I have been on it since it was put together under Stephanie when she was a co-minister at our church.  Edna White and John Angelo have been on it a little over a year.  This committee was formed because we were going to a part time minister and he/she would not have the time to make the pastoral visits or contacts.

The original information about the Pastoral Care team is as follows:
Pastoral Care Team

A Pastoral Care Team has been formed at UUCM to deepen the sense of community and caring within our congregation. The team will coordinate compassionate care and support to members and friends in times of transition, need or crisis. If you are unable to get out of the house and would like a visit from the church, if you are laid up due to illness or injury and could use a meal or need someone to pick up a few groceries, or if you know of someone in the congregation you think would welcome a check-in phone call, please contact us.