Interim Minister Kevin Debeck Rev. Kevin is helping to guide our congregation in crafting a community covenant and to assist the Board with restructuring our governance documents that are aligned with our mission and values. This two-year transitional period also has a goal of getting the congregation ready for our next settled minister and for us to discern what type of settled minister we want and need. We are excited about developing a relationship with him and in growing together.
Rev. Kevin first joined a UU church in 1996 in Ellsworth, Maine, and heard the call to the ministry himself in 2014. He graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2018, was ministerial intern at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, and served the Tree of Life UU Congregation in McHenry, Illinois, from 2018-2019. He was serving as a hospital chaplain in South Bend, Indiana, when COVID hit. Rev. Kevin was ordained in September 2019 at his home congregation the UU Fellowship of Elkhart in Elkhart, Indiana. Rev. Kevin has previously been a middle school history teacher, and earlier gained experience in television broadcasting in Maine where he grew up. Rev. Kevin is very interested in social justice issues. Rev. Kevin and his wife, who is also a UU Minister, have two children of high school and college age.
Eva Leventer, Director of Religious Education
Eva Leventer has organized and facilitated children’s programs in places of worship for years. She grew up in Grass Lake, Michigan. She spent her childhood going to a Hindu Ashram and a Zen Buddhist Temple. She went on to direct the Buddhist peace camp that she attended as a child. She attended Earlham College and Eastern Michigan University, earning a Bachelors in Art and Visual Arts Education. In addition to teaching art, Eva has also directed camps and youth groups in Detroit with Grace in Action and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She has also directed after school programs for the Oakland Steiner School. In 2017, Eva started attending Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church. She was a Religious Education volunteer for three years and served on the youth programs committee for one year. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband, Jamison, and her son, Yonah.
Ken Hermonat, Music Director Ken Hermonat coordinates our congregational music and leads the Northwest UU Choir.