Rev. Ann Marie Alderman
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The Reverend Ann Marie Alderman grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, as an active Southern Baptist youth. She graduated from Florida State University with
a major in religion in 1975. Unsure what to do with her fascination with all things religious, she found herself at Vanderbilt Divinity School in the
late-seventies, just when the first woman dean of a major seminary was taking over...they were exciting times. Ann Marie changed denominations, moving
from Baptist to Methodist, (at least they were ordaining women ministers!)
Upon graduation from Vanderbilt she realized that the traditional Christian ministry was not for her. She spent several years in "alternative" careers,
including as an as automobile mechanic and as a manager of her familyís wood flooring business. By mid-life the urge to find a deeper purpose began with a
move to Savannah, Georgia. While living there, she found the giant welcome extended to her by a tiny UU fellowship in South Georgia just what she needed to
recognize where her journey was leading. In a few years she returned to Jacksonville and by 2001, had become fellowshipped by the UUA and jointly ordained
by both of the UU congregations in her hometown.
Years of experience in small business administration, a full year of intensive training as a hospital chaplain, two years as a Director of Religious
Education, three as an Associate Minister with responsibility for religious education, pastoral care and church administration, and two more years as the
sole minister of a thriving small congregation in Pennsylvania, Ann Marie is delighted to now be serving the UU Congregation of Greenville.
Check out the "Purple-Haired Priestess", Rev. Ann Marie's blog! All sermon postings will be done there, as
opposed to the Sermon Archive above.