A Chronological List of the Ministers who have served Quincy's
- William G.
William G. Eliot, pastor of Messiah Unitarian
Church in St. Louis, Missouri from 1834 to 1872, preached the
organizing sermon for the Congregation which is known as the Quincy
Unitarian Church in April of 1839.
- George Moore
- December 1840 to January 1847 --
His diaries include his accounts of conversations and observations
of Joseph Smith and the Moormans in nearby Nauvoo, during his years in
- November 21, 1848 to April 1, 1850
(Other records say January 1848 to March 1850) -- He had converted from
- William A.
- November 1850 to April (or July) 1854
- July 1854 to January 1856 (or May 1861) Liberty
Billings is mentioned in the books, Firebrand of Liberty by
Stephen V. Ash and (more briefly in) Laborers in the Vineyard of the
Lord: The Beginnings of the AME Church in Florida (1865-1895) by
Larry E. Rivers and Canter E. Brown, Jr.
- Martin W.
- June 1862 to 1865 - He had been minister at Nashua, New
Hampshire, prior to serving as a chaplain in the Civil War.
- S. S.
- October 1865 to January 1871 - He served during a creative period
when all church activities were growing. He left the Quincy Unitarian
church to become secretary of the Western Unitarian Conference.
- William Thorne
- July 1871 to 1871 (or October 1872)
- Frederick Lucien
- October 1872 to April 1877 - Active not only as an organizer and
director of the activities of our young people but as a power in
liberalizing the thought of the community. A hymn writer
most favored by the Unitarian Church. His beautiful poems were set to
music. The new hymnal includes his: Forward Through the Ages, I Walk
the Unfrequented Road, From Age to Age, and O Day of Light and
Gladness. Hosmer finished his Unitarian Ministerial career in Berkley, California where
he served as "interim" minister from 1900 to 1904. He was the Minister
Emeritus of the Berkley Church until his death in 1929.
- James Vila
- 1877 to 1884 - A man of varied talents and of unusual energy and
activity. He was a hymn lyricist and a
poet with several volumes of poetry to his credit and several
volumes of sermons. in 1896, he was mentioned briefly in this article
New York Times. While he was minister at Evanston, Illinois, he
penned the affirmation that we say during every service, and which has
been adapted by many other Unitarian Congregations. "Love is the spirit of this church
. . ."
- Francis S.
- January 20, 1884 to 1887 (or July 1, 1884)
- John Tunis
- September 17, 1884 (or 1885) to May 1896
- Charles F.
- 1887 to 1896 - He carried his sincerity into his pulpit. There was
no gap between his matured private judgement and thought and his public
work. He was one of the kindest of men -- broad, liberal, and tolerant
- Thomas J.
- May 1897 to November 1899
- Samuel L.
- January 1900 to November 1902 - His Farewell
Sermon as he moved away from his congregation at Charlestown, New
Hampshire in 1912, have been preserved by his family. An obituary tells
was married to (Isobel) Holton (a Quincy native), in Quincy, Illinois
July 12, 1901.
- Charles W.
- January 1903 to July 1905 - One of the finest and most scholarly of
the men of our faith. Previously professor of English literature,
Northwestern University. Author of "The Carpenter Prophet" and a
volume of poems.
- Charles F.
- January 1906 to 1912
- Richard F.
- 1913 to 1913 - And was in Salem, Oregon in 1915.
- Lyman M.
- December 14, 1913 to 1918 - Installed as our Minister in the same
ceremony in which our new church building at 16th and Hampshire Streets
was dedicated. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and of Harvard
Divinity School, he studied Dante at Oxford. His prior pastorates
included Grafton and Gloucester in Massachusets, and Westchester and
Yonkers in New York. In Yonkers, his church was associated with the
settlement house called, "Prospect House."
- Earl Cook
- 1919 to 1923
- Henry S. Cope
- 1923 (died) August 1923
- Celian Ufford
- September 1923 to 1926
- Rev. Carlin
- 1926 to 1928
- Daniel Sands
- September 1928 to
August 1933 - Daniel Sands was regarded as a man of education and
experience; his wife, a woman of culture and refinement. His sermons
gave much inspiration and practical help to his congregation which grew
in membership under the stimulus of his preaching and parish work.
During his pastorate in Quincy, Mr. Sands became a definite part of
community life. He received unanimous encouragement and some financial
support from the congregation to establish a small community center.
The couple and their small daughter moved from a residence near the
church to a location in a depressed neighborhood. Their home was then
open to all for education and recreation, offering friendly service,
comfort and dignity. He had earlier experience in this activity in
Buffalo, N. Y. and in Chicago. Mr. Sands continued his pastorate during
the administration of the social settlement, a position without pay. He
resigned from the Quincy Unitarian ministry in July, 1933, to work with
the Illinois Emergency Commission in Chicago.
- Ward Burgess
- 1934 to October 1936 - In his first pastorate he aimed to build up
the church school and the adult membership by increased activity, as in
a Community Institute of Adult Learning, the Lyman McCarl Chapter of
the Unitarian Laymen's League, the Liberal Forum, the Children's
Theater, and the Young People's Club.
- Robert Murray
- October 1936 to 1947 - At the Centennial Celebration in 1939 he
said, "The church is united in loyalty to a continuance of the fine
work begun by the founders . . .and carried on by devoted liberal men
and women." He successfully brought a sixty percent increase in
membership and transformed the Sunday School into a Junior Church; saw
the church placed on a sound business basis with all debts paid.
- 1947 to 1952 - Under his leadership the church experienced improved
financial conditions and addition of new members. He delivered
stimulating sermons. He led in the acquisition of a fine parsonage, was
active in race relations and local politics, unified the membership -
erasing the invisible walls of separation. Rex Aman, age 96, was born
on February 17, 1913, in Cambridge, Nebraska, died on May 28, 2009 in
Fort Worth, Texas.
- Thomas J.
- September 13, 1953 to June 1956 - He wanted to make the church a
leader in the community - a liberal platform for promoting freedom of
thought, equality of opportunity, and the use of reason and justice in
solving problems. He promoted the Foreign Film Series and was active in
Mental Health Organizations. Tom Maloney died on May 6, 2005, in
Colorado at the age of 82.
- John M.
- September 1956 (or April 1957) to January 1960 - Provocative,
informative sermons delivered in dramatic style. Growth of membership
primarily due to leadership and inspiring sermons. Approved the merger
of Unitarians and Universalists in 1959. Acted in Quincy Community
Little Theatre performances.
- George P.
- September 1960 to May 1968 - Maintained high intellectual standards
and fearless and honest research in his sermons. Participated in
liberal and humane movements in the community. Established a formal
Memorial Committee. Encouraged the opening of the Eliot Book Shop.
- Lester Mondale
- November 3, 1968 to March 31, 1969 - An "Interim Minister."
- September 14, 1969 to May 31 1970 - An "Interim Minister."
- Calvin Knapp
- September 21, 1971 to April 30, 1976 - A man of extraordinary
energy . . . He taught us churchmanship. He initiated the first annual
plant sale in 1973, led the congregation to a formal declaration of world
citizenship, and conducted "Red Velvet and Candlelight" Christmas
- John W. Brigham
- May 1, 1976 to June 1982 - He completed a lifetime career in the
Unitarian ministry by cooperatively serving the congregations of
Quincy, Illinois and Burlington, Iowa. After his retirement and until
his death, he continued membership and service in Quincy as Minister
Emeritus. Author of the volumes of poetry: "Still Sounds the Buoy
from the Sea" and "Windows of the Mind."
- Eric A.
- August 1, 1982 to March 1987
- Lynn S.
- September 1989 to June 1995 - A graduate of Starr King School for
the Ministry in Berkeley, California. She came to us from Bismark,
North Dakota, and we shared her ministry with the UU Fellowship in
Macomb, Illinois. From 1999 until her death in 2013, she was on the
staff of the Sacramento, California Public Library.
- Dr. Robert J. S.
- November 1996 to June 2011 - Our 36th Minister, Dr. Robert J. S.
Manning, is the longest-serving minister in the long history of this
congregation. Ordained and installed in November 1996, he is Professor
of Philosophy and Theology and Chair of Humanities at Quincy University. Dr. Manning graduated
summa cum laude from the College of
Wooster in 1983 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed
his master's and Ph.D from the Divinity School of the University of
Chicago. His academic interests and areas of teaching experience
are feminist theory - gender studies and Holocaust studies. He
participates in seminars for professors at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2006-07, Dr.
Manning was a Fulbright
Scholar in Romania. A sample of
- Scott Aaseng
- September 2012 to July 2015 - Scott Aaseng served as a consulting
minister. Once a month he would commute to Quincy from his home in
Chicago via AmTrak. Scott started out as a Lutheran and graduated into
Unitarian Universalism as his children became teens. Scott's
over-riding interest is the work of the UUANI, The Unitarian
Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois, which advocates putting our
UU values into meaningful, concrete far-reaching action toward social
justice. His work with Quincy's Unitarain Church was directed toward
leading us to discover a clearer picture of what sort of Ministry we
want to pursue and what sort of a Church we wish to become.