The Reverend Erik David Carlson, Minister
Rev. Carlson has served as Bradford UU's settled minister since 2016 following a unanimous congregational vote. Rev. Carlson is a life-long UU who has held leadership positions at every level of our Association, including the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Central Midwest District and the UUA Board of Trustees, and served from 2010 to 2016 as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, IL.
Dedicated to the spiritual growth of our young people, Rev. Carlson is a recipient of the UUA’s Donna DiSciullo Award for Young Adult and Campus Ministry and consistently donates his time to serve as Chaplain for youth and young adult events in the MidAmerica region.
Prior to ordination, Rev. Carlson served as intern minister for the three New Orleans area UU congregations who were struggling with rebuilding their churches and communities in the post-Katrina period.
His work on technology and UU evangelism was a featured essay in the 2008 Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press publication Reverend X: How Generation-X Ministers are Shaping Unitarian Universalism and upon graduation from seminary received the coveted Meadville Lombard Theological School Faculty Leadership Award for his leadership within and outside the Meadville Lombard community.
Rev. Carlson currently lives in Kenosha, with his wife, Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson who is a student at Meadville Lombard Theological School and intern minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI, his precocious three-year-old son Miles, and one very opinionated feline.
Since arriving at Bradford UU in August of 2016, Rev. Carlson has served as Co-Chair of the Religious Leaders' Caucus of Congregations United to Serve Humanity, helping fund-raise for CUSH and lead vigils in support of immigrant justice and an end to community violence.
Alex Poyner, Music Coordinator
Alex has been playing the piano since 2005 and it has developed into a life-long passion. In 2015 Alex earned a Bachelors in Piano Performance from UW Parkside and later attended University of Michigan for harpsichord and fortepiano performance. Besides degrees in music, Alex has performed both piano and classical organ for many churches as well as for assisted-living facilities and nursing homes around the Kenosha area. He has shared his joy of music with many people.
Alex has also competed in many musical competitions and festivals including Oberlin Baroque Music Festival. Since starting piano Alex has developed an interest in playing diverse musical styles: classical, ragtime, blues, early jazz, popular music of the early 20th Century, and even some classic country music.
From Alex: “I am excited to return to Bradford Unitarian Universalist Church to enjoy and share wonderful music. Music is something to be enjoyed and it enriches everyone’s lives. I am honored and delighted to be at Bradford.”
Deona Williams, Nursery Care
Deona Williams comes to us with a background in early childhood education and many years' experience teaching pre-school and providing nursery care. She is Red Cross and First Aid certified, pursuing her bachelors' of education with a concentration in early childhood development and is currently in the process of starting her own day care center right here in Kenosha.
Deona and the nursery facilities are available for children 0-5 years old and open at 9:45am on Sundays.
B.J. VanKammen, Office Administrator
B.J. VanKammen has been working in the office at Bradford UU since the summer of 2011 and is responsible for all administrative functions of the church, including managing the event calendar, distribution lists, member certification and support of all the church programs and staff.