Our Minister & Staff

Rev. Linda Simmons, Minister

Rev. Linda Simmons was ordained into the ministry on May 4, 2013 at First Church Boston where she served as ministerial intern for two years and also as summer minister. She also served as junior youth and “Coming of Age” coordinator at First Religious Society in Carlisle, Massachusetts while completing her Masters of Divinity program at Harvard. She is married to photographer Gary Langley. Learn more about Linda on the About our Minister page

ted Rev. Edward B. Anderson, Minister Emeritus

Leader of the Unitarian Church for decades, Reverend Ted and his wife Gretchen continue to reside on Nantucket and and enjoy their mid-island residence, Two Sheds Farm

Barbara Elder, Music Director

Barbara Elder knows the UU Meeting House well. She was choir director from 1982-94 and had the opportunity to provide music along with Susan Jarrell and Marcia Hempel and others. She happily returned to the position of music director in January 2018. Barbara Elder came to Nantucket in 1982 to serve as director of Nantucket Community Music Center (NCMC), a position she held for 10 years. She was also Music Coordinator of the Nantucket Public Schools for 25 years. She is the choral conductor of the NCMC Chorus of Nantucket and has been involved in productions of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and Actors Theater of Nantucket. She brings a wide range of experience, knowledge of music and ability to joyfully and creatively meet the needs of a growing congregation.

Emma Young, Office Manager

Emma was born on Nantucket to the Young family that owns Young ‘s Bicycle Shop. Her grandparent ‘s, Roger and Cynthia, were long time members of the UU Meeting House. Emma brings us many skills from her bookkeeping work at Young ‘s Bicycle Shop, managing social media for the Nantucket Cultural District, her Bachelor ‘s Degree earned at University of Vermont, and her understanding of island life. Emma also sells her weaving and tapestry artwork on Etsy.

LJ 3-2 Leyah Jensen, Youth Programs’ Coordinator

Leyah Jensen has served as a leader and advocate for children for two decades. She has led a career in children ‘s publishing for more than a decade specializing in celebrity authors, children ‘s photography and educational diversity. Under her own authorship, she has enjoyed titles published around the world. Leyah left New York just a few years ago to pursue her own work and found Nantucket home with its natural beauty and intellectual, forefront community. It ‘s here that Jensen now looks forward to continuing a life-long commitment to educating and supporting children. Leyah currently works at The Exploration Station after school program and was the Program Coordinator for Kinder Arts at the Nantucket Island School of Art & Design in 2013.

Sherlly Morocoima, Religious Exploration Assistant
Janelle Morocoima, Sexton