Rev. Kimberly Wildszewski
The Rev. Kim Wildszewski, our 17th settled minister, began serving UUCWC in August of 2014. You can find Kim’s sermons on the Sermon Archive page of this site. She is available by appointment, Monday – Thursday, and can be contacted by email.
A lifelong UU from eastern Long Island, Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Religion from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Before serving UUCWC, Kim was the Minister of Congregational Life at Beacon UU Congregation in Summit, NJ.
Kim and her wife, Tara, a Program Analyst for a social policy firm, live in Titusville, NJ. Their son Tobias was born in 2015. Their son Malcolm, born in 2018, died in 2020. Their son, Otis, was born in 2021.
Rev. Kim shares that “It has been my joy to serve UUCWC. We challenge one another, love one another, and grow together in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. I am better for being their minister.”
Director of Lifespan Faith Engagement
Robin Pugh has been a UU religious educator since 2000 and at UUCWC since 2009. She completed all ten UU Faith Development Renaissance training modules and is credentialed by the UUA. She is active in her professional association, LREDA and is a past Vice- President. She is also a certified Spiritual Director.
Robin and her husband, Bill, have three young adult sons, a Labrador retriever named Parker Palmer and two cats.
Robin has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Fordham Law School.
Robin loves to be with children, youth, and adults and to connect them to ways they can grow their Unitarian Universalist faith.
Susan Irgang has been with UUCWC since 2010. She expanded her initial role as part time Office Administrator to full time Congregational Administrator, increasing the scope of the job to include Administration, Database Management, Facilities Management, Communications and more. She is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators (AUUA).
Prior to coming to UUCWC, Susan worked for a Fortune 500 publishing company as Purchasing Operations Manager, followed by time out of the workforce to raise her children.
She shares her life with her husband Marc (retired) and two daughters.
Susan has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.
Director, Music Ministry
Caryl Tipton is in her 30th year as UUCWC’s Director of Music Ministry. A graduate of Westminster Choir College with a conducting and voice emphasis, she was a church musician, singer and voice instructor in the New York metropolitan area for many years, while, simultaneously, developing a career in orchestra management with the NY Philharmonic and Musica Sacra in New York. She moved to California to take the position of Executive Director with the Vocal Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She moved back to NJ to marry her college sweetheart. She and Robert Joe have one daughter, Hannah, and she has three stepchildren with four grandchildren. Caryl recently became an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and offers grief support through individual and group sessions.
She feels privileged to have been able to help guide the music program at UUCWC as it has grown, developing the Crossing Chorale, individual musicians and groups, the music library and the spirit of music in the worship services. She is proud of the musicality, sound and spirit of the Crossing Chorale and believes the music program is truly a fellowship and shared ministry.
Steve Ryan grew up in Sergeantsville, NJ and graduated from Westminster Choir College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, in voice and piano. He then moved to New York City where he worked in music and graphic design for twenty years. While in New York, Steve toured as Aladdin in the national tour, with The Royal Christmas Tour starring Julie Andrews, was a musical assistant at Carnegie Hall and City Center’s Encores, and sang numerous choral concerts at Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall. His church jobs have included Christ Church United Methodist, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the prestigious Brick Church Choir. His graphic design career was simultaneous, and he rose to the position of Director of Marketing for a leading Hedge Fund. Home again, he has been a vocal coach and accompanist at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, and is busy as a private voice and piano instructor at his home in New Hope, PA, teaching students from 6 to 96 the joy and necessity of expression through music.
Rachel Hansen served as UUCWC’s Office Assistant from 2017-2019 and was happy to return to the staff in 2021. She is also a regular attendee of UUCWC and has enjoyed participating in Chalice Circles and other Faith Engagement programs over the years. In addition to her work at UUCWC, Rachel works as a freelance writer, editor, and astrologer. She shares a home with her husband Andrew, their dog Maggie, and their cats Lili and Vali.
Sunday Steward/Acting Sexton
Roberto Santiago joined UUCWC as our Sunday Steward in 2015. His friendly personality has made Sunday morning coffee hours a delight. While we offer online services only, Roberto is assisting UUCWC as our Sexton. Roberto is tireless and is always hard at work in his many endeavors. He is devoted to his family and enjoys swimming when he can.
Rev. Charles J. Stephens, Minister Emeritus, served as UUCWC’s minister from 1997–2012.
Rev. Stephens was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1973. Drawn to Unitarian Universalism’s emphasis on equality and social justice, Stephens became a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1981.
After coming to UUCWC in 1997, Rev. Stephens became deeply involved in social justice work in New Jersey. He helped found the New Jersey Regional Coalition, an interfaith group that works toward equity in the areas of taxes, affordable housing, and school funding. He was a longtime member of the executive committee of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, which promotes healthy behaviors among kids and teens. He testified on the floor of the state Senate in support of marriage equality legislation.
Stephens lived his values during his ministry, infusing a sense of compassion in his congregants. “Perhaps the most meaningful accomplishment UUCWC achieved under my ministry was the deepening of our commitment to social justice work in the community,” says Stephens. Reverend Stephens’ last service was June 10, 2012, after his farewell sermon a week prior. Reflecting on the fit between UUCWC and his vision, he said, “Here, I found a place to give of my heart and from my very being.”