Our Minister


AJ van Tine was called by the congregation to serve as our settled minister in May 2019. He completed his Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA in 2018, and completed his congregational internship at the Boulder valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette, CO before moving to California. (he says it worked out well – he just kept moving westward!) He also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Christopher Newport University.

AJ is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, as is his Wife, Ada. They both grew up in Virginia, where AJ was a leader in youth, young adult, and campus ministry before attending Seminary. AJ has a deep passion for religious community and a strong commitment to Unitarian Universalist values and theology. He understands his ministerial calling as a call to sustain liberal religious spaces while deeply engaging world religious traditions and philosophy. He identifies theologically as a Transcendental Pluralist.

His wife Ada, also a lifelong UU, is a writer and librarian. They love film and literature, day hikes, their sweet little dog, Mina.