Meet Our Ministers
Our Parish Minister, Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel
Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel is Minister of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He graduated in 1999 from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. where he majored in Religion and minored in Philosophy. After graduation he spent two years working for an internet startup in Boston MA before following a nagging call to Seminary. In September of 2001, on the same week that our nation experienced the horrors of 9/11, he began a Master’s of Divinity program at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley CA.
His time in Berkeley included a year-long internship with the world’s oldest faith-based human rights organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Along the way he also discovered a passion for creating worship experiences and added a Master of Arts in Liturgics (the study of the art of worship) at the Graduate Theological Union, also in Berkeley.
Upon completion of his dual Masters program he accepted an offer to work at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, our denomination’s affiliated international human rights organization. After a fulfilling two years at this organization working on an anti-torture campaign, an international campaign to stop the genocide in Darfur, as well as many other smaller projects, he found he missed working within a congregation, and so accepted a pastoral internship at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.
In the spring of 2010 he was thrilled to be called by unanimous vote of the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation to be their next settled minister, and was ordained and installed by them on May 15, 2011.
Our Community Minister, Rev. Barbara Meyers
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers is a Community Minister with Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. A member of our church since its founding in 1994, she earned a Masters in Divinity in 2004 from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley and returned to Fremont to launch a community ministry specializing in mental health.
Her entry into ministry marked a career change after working as a computer software engineer at IBM for 25 years. She holds a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science, all from UCLA, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Chapaincy Institute in Berkeley.
Our Minister Emeritus, Rev. Chris Schriner
Rev. Chris Schriner is Minister Emeritus of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He graduated from the University of Redlands, majoring in religion, philosophy, and psychology. He received a Doctorate in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and an MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of LaVerne. His honors thesis at Redlands examined the ethical thought of theologian Paul Tillich. His dissertation at Claremont dealt with nuclear weapons policy.
In addition to ministry, Dr. Schriner worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist and he has led personal growth workshops throughout his career. He has also written six books, including Feel Better Now: 30 Ways to Handle Frustration in 3 Minutes or Less; Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You; Do Think Twice: Provocative Reflections on Age-Old Questions; and Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics.
Dr. Schriner has also studied comparative religion, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and various spiritual disciplines. He lives in Fremont, California with his wife Jo Ann.