Shawn Stephens, Director of Religious Education
Shawn Stephens, Director of Religious Education

Shawn Snavley is in his third year as our DRE. Shawn is working on his Master of Arts in Social Theory after earning his masters in divinity at the Pacific School of Religion. His research is in the development of gender identity in relationship to religious institutions. He transferred to the Pacific School of Religion from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He is originally from Indianapolis, IN. He has been an interim pastor, a children and youth choir director, and served as an intern for Reconciling Ministries Network an organization that fights for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Methodist church. Shawn was raised Methodist but after coming out as a transgender man he realized his theology no longer matched that of his home church. Shawn is passionate about education and is excited to continue working as the Director of Religious Education. Shawn lives in Berkeley with his dog and cat.

Religious Educators Needed

Teaching in our religious education (RE) classes is a great way to build relationships with some of our fabulous children and youth. It is also an incredible way to learn more about your own religion, other religions, and our judeo-christian heritage. Our program runs on volunteers and we are always in need of more adults to join us in the amazing work of educating and learning with our children and youth. If you are interested in signing up to teach or you have any questions about our program please contact our Director of Religious Education at Also please visit our Children and Youth page to check out the descriptions of the curricula we will be using in our classrooms this year.

Youth Advisors Needed

Youth advising can be one of the most rewarding roles you can fill as a religious educator. It is also one of the most essential roles in successful youth ministry and we need more youth advisors to join our team! Youth and their advisors plan the youth group program that meets during the Sunday morning service. The youth advisors also develop friendships, trust, and community with the high school youth. We kindly ask that parents of youth in the program volunteer with other age groups. The youth group program strives for a balance of religious learning, social justice, worship, leadership development, and fun! If you would like to learn more about joining the youth advisor team, please contact Shawn ( )

Facebook Group for Parents and Families

There is now a Facebook group for parents and families of Mission Peak UU! Get information about upcoming curriculum, events, and other exciting things happening for children, youth, and families at the church.
Please join and share the link with other Mission Peak UU parents and families.