Meet Our Ministers
Our Interim Minister, Rev. Jo Green
The Reverend Jo Ann Elizabeth Green started as our Interim Minister Aug. 21, 2018. Jo, as she prefers to be called, is fresh off a year completing the Chaplain Residency program at Geisinger Medical Center in Central Pennsylvania. Pastoral Care is an integral part of ministry, she feels, and is grateful that she had this opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge that accompanies this program.
She came to ministry as a third career after years teaching art to 7th Graders and working in the corporate world later on. She graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry with a Master of Divinity degree and completed her Internship and Residency at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill. This church, along with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration where she was a Consulting Minister, ordained her. She holds a BA in Art and Art History and a Masters in Counseling from Southern Illinois University. Jo is a recent UU, only finding this denomination 13 years ago, but her fervor and passion for what Unitarian Universalism stands for is long standing. Social Justice and the guidance of the Seven Principles propels her in her daily life. Originally discovering Unitarian Universalism in Southern California. she has been a member of two congregations in this state, one also in Northern California. Her passions and talents lie in the creative realm, as an actor, artist, and singer (but please don’t ask her to dance much) and revels in bringing creativity to all aspects of her life and the lives of others. She has a passion to learn to play the ukulele and hopes to begin to learn very soon!
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.