Rev. Debra Guthrie, our part-time minister, is working hard to bring us great worship services while increasing our presence in the Aiken community and helping us GROW! Debra joined us in August 2016 fresh from an internship at First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster, Massachusetts and with a Master of Divinity degree and certification in Pastoral Care from Andover-Newton Theological School. Originally from Harker’s Island, North Carolina, Debra completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts at East Carolina University in 1991. Her varied career adventures have included, among others, floral designer, corrections officer and dish washer. She converted to Unitarian Universalism in 2005 and has been a vocal advocate for our movement ever since. At her home church she held numerous volunteer positions and was active in her local PFLAG group. When she lost most of her worldly possessions in a fire in 2011, she decided to pursue her calling to ministry and moved to Newton, MA to enter Andover-Newton the following year. While at Andover-Newton, Debra stood out as a leader, serving on the campus UU student group, as a resident representative, and working on Night Watch. Debra’s passion for the ministry grows from her own testimony: “Unitarian Universalism transformed my life.” Debra believes that Unitarian Universalism has the power to change lives, helping to make a better world.