Rev. Frieda Gillespie, prior to arriving at First Universalist in August 2018, has served UU churches in Greenville, North Carolina, Roswell, Georgia, Omaha, Nebraska and Berlin, MA. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and was raised as a Unitarian Universalist. Her Bachelor’s Degrees are in Biology and Chemistry. After a career in IT Management and Project Management, Rev. Frieda went to seminary at Brite Divinity School (a very liberal Disciples of Christ seminary) in Fort Worth, TX and did her internship at First Parish in Framingham, MA where she lives today.
Rev. Frieda lives with her wife, Jennifer, and three of her grown children, including Julia who is taking a gap year to travel to India, Tim who is completing a three-year fellowship in microbiology in a Harvard lab, and Ben who is currently working a couple of jobs and is passionate about music. Rev. Frieda’s adopted daughter, Tealeesha, lives in a group home in Waltham, MA. Rev. Frieda’s family is also involved with a refugee program and have provided foster and respite care. They also have four cats and a beloved dog.
Rev. Frieda sees this time of transition that the congregation is in now as an opportunity to look around with an appreciative eye for all that you are and do. She also sees it as a chance to process grief or other emotions resulting from the previous minister’s departure and a time to cultivate openness and willingness to try new things. For Rev. Frieda, seeing this process happen and the excitement it generates is one of the best rewards of interim ministry.