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Meet Our Staff

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Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes


Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes came to New Hampshire from the Midwest in 2016.  Her life has been a rich tapestry of experience that includes nearly twenty years as a community college biology professor and organic farmer. Linda received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1996 from Iowa State University and a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2015. Her studies included a two-year internship at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines.  She also served as a chaplain at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  She was ordained in April 2016. She can be contacted at


Grace Kennedy

Director of Religious Education

Grace Kennedy has always had education at the center of her career and is passionate about finding creative ways to communicate complex ideas. She has focused her time on the fields of environmental and outdoor education, as well as science communication. Her love of nature and curiosity about the mystery of life spill into all she does. Grace grew up on the coast of Maine, attending the Sanford UU Church and in 2015 she moved to Monteverde, Costa Rica. There, she co-founded a non-profit, Palo Vivo, that conducts environmental education and reforestation in her community. She is a certified Our Whole Lives instructor, has been a counselor at Ferry Beach Camp and Conference Center’s kids camp, and is thrilled to now serve as the Director of Religious Education at the Starr King UU Fellowship. She can be contacted at


Sarah Dan Jones

Director of Music Ministry

Sarah Dan has been a UU professional musician for 20 years. Her mission is to “spread the Unitarian Universalist faith through music, which I do by empowering congregational singing, shared ministry and active participation in the UUA.” Sarah Dan’s instruments include piano, guitar, flute, voice and djembe. She holds a BA in Music Performance from North Georgia College and State University. Visit Sarah Dan’s Website HERE or email her at

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