Our Current Ministers

We currently have two ministers providing services each month.

Rev Ernie Mills, 1st Sunday of each month

Ordained to the UU ministry in 2007, Ernie Mills completed a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He began his ministry in the United Methodist Church, serving as director of education, assistant pastor, and minister. Prior to joining the Unitarian Universalist Church of Transylvania County in June 2002, Ernie was Chaplain and Instructor at Brevard College. After his tenure with UUTC, he served our fellowship for nearly a year in 2018.
Recounting his experience with UUism, Ernie observes, “Opening up a hymnal opened up another phase in my life. Its songs and readings provide a roadmap for an adventurous and exciting spiritual journey where the wisdom from all the world’s faith traditions is honored. My understanding of our UU faith has deepened as I have prepared sermons, taught lifespan faith development courses, and completed the readings and other tasks required for my Ministerial Fellowshipping. I continue to be challenged and rewarded.”


Rev Sally Beth Shore, 3rd Sunday of each month

Sally Beth grew up in central NC, graduated from the University of North Carolina, and served in the US Peace Corps (Mali) as a forestry volunteer. She was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2013 after receiving her Master of Divinity (2012) from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Shore also holds an MS in Environmental Science from UNC (1994). She has served a number of Western Carolina UU congregations, including the UUFCF from 2013-2015. In addition to her ministry with us, she consults as a professional facilitator and holds yet another MS, this one in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University. Sally Beth loves gardening, bicycling, music, her husband of 32 years and their 3 adult children.