Our Minister

Rev. Jack Donovan, Minister

Rev. Jack Donovan came to UU St. Pete from Gainesville, where he served as minister of the UU congregation for 17 years, as a Hospice chaplain for several years, as a Gainesville City Commissioner for two terms, as pastor of two Presbyterian churches for a sum of eight years, and for a year and a half as director of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless.

Before entering the ministry, Jack served as a Peace Corps teacher in Micronesia, a USAID Refugee Officer in Vietnam, a staff member of Boston’s Community Action Agency, and a consultant on Federal social programs. He also spent five years trying, but failing, to write the great American novel.

Jack’s educational background includes a BA in literature from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Divinity from the Starr King School in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He was trained in, but can no longer speak, Vietnamese and Trukese (a Pacific Island language). The same is true of Latin (despite three years of study in high school) and ancient Hebrew (despite an intensive on-line course from Dubuque University Seminary). Jack’s greatest interest is in contributing to spiritually healthy communities.

You may contact Jack at minister@uustpete.org or (352) 327-6166.