Rev. Barbara Stevens

Rev. Barbara Stevens

 

 Barbara Stevens became a Community Minister for Eastrose Fellowship May 25, 2008.  She is a spiritual counselor in private practice, specializing in working with people who have experienced addiction, trauma, and incarceration.

While raising two boys, Colin and Devin, and working her way through school, Barbara kept herself involved in Unitarian Universalist congregational life by doing pulpit supply, performing weddings and funerals, and becoming a lay leader at a church in Manchester, NH.  For eight years she worked as a Director of Religious Education at Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, leaving her job so she could take a full-time chaplain residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Portland, specializing in mental health chaplaincy. She also did a part time parish internship at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis and a part time chaplain internship at the Oregon State Hospital, working with the criminally mentally ill.  For three years, she was the consulting minister at Vashon Unitarian Fellowship in Washington, and she served as the chaplain on Providence Hospital’s inpatient chemical dependency unit for over six years.

Before her call to ministry, Barbara worked as a massage therapist and nurse’s aide. Her bachelor’s degree is in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and she studied theatre, jazz piano, and music composition in graduate school.  She is grateful to be able to play piano for Eastrose worship services on occasion.

Barbara is the founding minister of the Universalist Recovery Church which meets in our chapel twice a month.  To find out more about her activities and services, visit her website barbarastevensministries.com.