Michele Townsend Grove is an interim religious education director who is honored to be working with Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana- Champaign until July 2021. During the interim period, Michele will work in relationship with all members and friends in the congregation as the congregations discerns its core values and vision for lifespan religious education. It is an exciting time and she hopes that everyone will join in the many opportunities to share their experience, stories and future religious education ideas!
Michele is a religious educator who brings almost 30 years of experience to her work with UUCUC. She began her career as a Christian Educator in the United Methodist tradition and then joined the Unitarian Universalists in 2003. She developed a passion for interim religious education in 2016 and has served this specialized vocation ever since. Michele has served as an interim religious educator with congregations in Manassas, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland, Stephens City, Virginia; and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Michele served as one of the interim religious education trainers for the UUA from 2008-2016. As a lifelong learner, she will earn her Doctor of Ministry in the Spring of 2019.