The Rev. Kelly J. Crocker has served as a minister at First Unitarian Society since July 2001. She was raised in Scranton, PA and after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at East Stroudsburg University, she attended seminary at Louisville Theological Seminary in Kentucky. It was during her time in Louisville that Kelly was introduced to Unitarian Universalism, and subsequently, her call to serve our faith.
Upon graduating from seminary, Kelly completed a two-year internship as Minister of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. During this time she realized her passion in ministry to be one of bringing people into a community of deep belonging, holding a fierce belief in the magic that can happen when we come together in hope, service, and love.
In August 2021, Kelly became our Co-Senior Minister along with the Rev. Kelly Asprooth-Jackson. Kelly holds the lead on the ministries of pastoral care and rites of passage, lifespan religious exploration, membership and small group ministry, and our partnership with the village of Nagyajta, Transylvania.
Outside of FUS, Kelly can most often be found knitting, walking in the woods, reading mystery novels, and going on adventures with her two children, Sam and Owen.
The Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson began his ministry with the First Unitarian Society in August of 2021. He was raised a Unitarian Universalist in Rochester, NY, and first experienced a call to ministry in his early teens. Kelly earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bard College and received his seminary training at Starr King School for the Ministry in California’s Bay Area.
From Oakland and Berkeley, Kelly moved to Boston to complete a dual internship at Arlington Street Church and the Church of the Larger Fellowship. He went on to serve for one year each as a chaplain at Strong Memorial Hospital, and as a contract minister at Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, NY. He was subsequently called as minister by the First Parish Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, where he served for eleven years. In Beverly, Kelly helped that historic congregation to build a new reputation in its community as a partner for justice work, as well as completing a merger with the First Universalist Society of Salem, and a successful capital campaign to install an elevator. During this time he also served on the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association’s Board of Trustees.
Kelly was drawn to First Unitarian Society by the possibility of creating a new model of shared ministry – both with the Rev. Kelly Crocker, and with the membership of FUS. He is passionate about Unitarian Universalist history – both its failures and its triumphs – and about exploring the place where the intellectual quest of our tradition meets our imperative to practice radical and justice-seeking love. Kelly chose and continues to choose the path of ministry, because he believes in the power of Unitarian Universalist congregations to awaken minds, open hearts, and grow souls.
Kelly has two wonderful children: Miriam (Mimi) and Mordecai (Mordie). They spend some of each year with him in Madison and some with their mother at her home in Seattle, Washington. His interests include table top role-playing games and other modes of fantasy and science fiction, as well as cooking spicy meals, and spending time with his beloved kids.