Staff

We are lucky to have a talented and dedicated staff to support our journey. Staff can be reached individually at the email address links below or via the church office.

The Reverend James Galasinski is our new settled minister. We are delighted to welcome him and his wife Ulrike and son Miles to the North Country. James has most recently served as Ministerial Resident and Youth Coordinator at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. He was ordained by that congregation earlier this year. He holds a master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Cardinal Stritch University. He enjoys listening to live jazz, hiking, making and consuming his own red chile, and riding his bike. Learn more about James' ministry here.

James' office hours are Monday through Thursday 1 to 5, p.m., or by appointment. He can be reached by email or 315-386-2498.

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Carol Zimmerman

Director of Religious Education

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Carol has been Director of Religious Education since August 2014. She received her bachelor of science in recreation and leisure studies from SUNY Cortland. Carol brings a passion for living and working in community. Her background in adventure-based education and employee wellbeing gives her a unique perspective in providing programming. Carol believes our vibrant religious education program not only provides learning and exploration for our children and youth but also spiritual growth for our adult volunteers.

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Sara Trimm

Congregational Administrator

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Sara is the newest addition to the church staff. Originally from Minnesota, Sara studied German and communications in college and later completed an M.A. in intercultural communications and European studies at Fachhochschule Fulda in Germany. She moved to the North Country in 2002 to work at St. Lawrence University. She took a break from working when her kids were born and then returned to SLU to work with international students. She is delighted to start this next adventure in her life because it will allow her more time with her family. She loves to garden, to laugh, to be outdoors, and to spend time with her husband Chris and their boys.

Sara's office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Carol has participated in church and secular choirs her whole life, either as a singer, accompanist, or director. She obtained a master’s degree in music education from the Crane School of Music and taught K-12 chorus and general music for 18 years in the New York state public schools. She currently teaches private piano students, enjoys accompanying for area choruses and student soloists, and loves working with groups of all ages. Carol has directed the choirs at the Canton UU Church since 2006.

The Revs. Anne Marsh and Wade Wheelock served as our church's co-ministers for 16 years, from 1993 until they retired in 2009. Upon their retirement, the congregation honored their ministry by naming them our Ministers Emeriti. Anne and Wade now live in northern New Mexico, where they are active in the Los Alamos UU congregation, enjoy hiking in the beautiful mountains and canyons, and love spending time with their granddaughter. They appreciate their occasional visits to the North Country and treasure the wonderful people of the UU Church of Canton.