Rev. Wendy Bartel and Rev. Lynn Gardner


Rev. Wendy grew up in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Ann Maria College (MA) in 1989/90 (graduation ceremonies were held at the completion of 4 years of coursework for students (back then) and the diploma was issued after an additional 6 months required internship.) Rev. Wendy then moved to California and worked as a Music Therapist with children and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities.

Rev. Lynn is from the West Coast and has lived in California and Oregon.  She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood education from De Anza College (CA) in 1988 and ran an in-home daycare, which included several employees and served many families. In preparation to attend seminary, Rev. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Oregon State University in 2005.

Rev. Wendy and Rev. Lynn met while attending Starr King School for the Ministry. They were married in 2008 and earned their Masters of Divinity from Starr King in 2009. Rev. Wendy did an internship at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) and served as Summer Coverage Minister in 2009. During seminary, Rev. Lynn served as the UUA Regional Organizing Consultant for Young Adult and Campus Ministries in the Pacific Western Region. Upon graduation, she served as the Worship Arts and Education Specialist for the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

In 2010, they were hired as Consulting Ministers at the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists in Auburn, CA. After a six-month adaptive call process, the congregation voted unanimously to call them as their settled Co-Ministers in 2012.

Rev. Lynn and Rev. Wendy have been very active in the Pacific Central District (PCD) and the Pacific Western Region (PWR) of the UUA. Rev. Lynn currently serves as co-chair of CENTER Committee of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) and is a Good Officer for the UUMA. Rev. Wendy currently is President of the PCD Chapter of the UUMA. Together they have served on the Worship Faculty for the Russell Lockwood Leadership School, have answered the call to Standing Rock, and led the Opening Celebration of General Assembly 2015 with colleague Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley.

Rev. Lynn and Rev. Wendy are the co-parents of Meghan, their young adult daughter who lives and works in California. They also are “the people” to a small, shy dog named Luna. Between them they have many interests and passions including spending time with family and friends, dark chocolate, drumming, organic gardening, poetry, strong coffee, hiking, reading, yoga, cooking, acrylic painting, spending time in or near bodies of water, Harry Potter, photography, meditation, camping, and risking joy.

Rev. Wendy Bartel and Rev. Lynn Gardner

518-374-4446 Ext. 1002