About UCM


Permanent Staff

2016 - 2017 Student Interns


Supporting Denominations & Congregations


Who We Are

Our Mission

UCM's mission is to engage the Ohio University and Athens communities in spiritual growth, community service and work for justice, guided by socially progressive and interfaith values.

What We Do

We're a non-profit organization that was born out of the Ecumenical movement and progressive social action. Our ministry offers a variety of programming, events and opportunities for spiritual growth, community service and social justice. Our programs are free and open to everyone, regardless of who you are, what you believe (or don't), or where you come from. Radical hospitality...we mean it!

Since its incorporation in 1968, UCM has played a role in the start-up of many local organizations, including:

UCM can't do this alone and is indebted to many, including our many individual and Sustaining donors. YOU can become one today through our PayPal account or mail your tax deductible donation to UCM, 18 N. College Street, Athens, OH  45701.

About Our Staff

Melissa Wales, Executive Director

Melissa has been with UCM since 1999 when she started as Program Coordinator under then Director, the Rev. Jan Griesinger, who retired in 2004. She became Interim Director in 2004 and Director in 2005. She handles the administrative responsibilities, staff supervision, and much of the development, programming and outreach activities of UCM. She graduated from Heidelberg College in 1991 and served as VISTA Volunteer in Northern Virginia and a Boys' Hope Volunteer in Chicago. She was program specialist for the Corporation for National Service state office in Columbus, Ohio, and later a housing advocate for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. She has an MA in International Development Studies with a Certificate in Women's Studies from Ohio University and teaches part time in the OU Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She has lived in Athens since 1998 and is raising two sons with her partner, Greg. 

The Rev. Evan Young, Campus Minister

Evan has been with UCM since 2005. He graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, and served part time as pastor at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens until June 2013. He provides pastoral care and counseling, facilitates Interfaith Impact, Better Together and student intern mentoring, and assists with programming, outreach and development. As of June 2015, he is serving full-time as UCM Campus Minister. He is serving as Interim President of the National Campus Ministry Association for 2016-17.

Jennifer Kelly, Office Manager

Jennifer has been with UCM since 2000. She has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University and manages billing and facilities and assists with outreach and fundraising.