The Rev. Beth DuBois was appointed as an Intentional Interim by the UCF Board beginning her duties on February 1, 2024. Rev. DuBois has served as an ordained pastor in the PCUSA for 34 years and has had many experiences during her career. As Pastoral Associate with University United Methodist Church, Rev. Du Bois focused on work with the Interfaith Community Co-Op @324 (one of the largest emergency food distribution sites in Syracuse), as well as supporting a congregational assessment, adult education and regular pastoral responsibilities over the last year. She served as the pastor for South Valley Presbyterian Church for 25 years, and has a broad range of ecumenical and interfaith experience in the Syracuse area. This includes working with L’Arche Syracuse, Atonement Lutheran Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Spiritual Renewal Center, Interfaith Works, the Poor People’s Campaign, the Syracuse Peace Council/Peace Action and ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse).
Her partner, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Waters, is an honorably retired PCUSA pastor and served as an Interim Pastor for UCF before Rev. Dr. Linda Even arrived. They have two adopted daughters, Katya and Ana, who are young adults. Their grandson, Austin, is 8 and in third grade at the Latin School, and their puppy, Sam, is almost 4.
Rev. Du Bois will support the UCF congregation in identifying its mission and purpose as the body of Christ during this time of transition and into the future.
Director of Music Ministries
Jonathan (Jon) Bergman is a musician and engineer from the Southern Tier of New York. Growing up in Horseheads, NY, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. While in college, he served as the Music Director of Christ Church United Methodist in downtown Troy. After graduation, he moved to Syracuse to start an engineering career, as well as play the organ at Meridian Baptist Church. He then moved to the Capital Region for 3 years, working various engineering jobs, and served as the Music Director for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia, NY. In mid-2021, he moved back to Central New York for a job at Carrier.
Outside of work and music, Jon enjoys outdoor activities (even in the middle of winter). He is an avid hiker, cyclist, and mountain biker. He also enjoys working with technology, building computers and other electronics, including a virtual organ in the summer of 2020.
Mary Karen Stark was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she earned her Mortuary Science degree and became a licensed funeral director. She then attended Canisius College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Mary Karen moved to Syracuse with her husband and raised three children here. She also worked as a licensed stockbroker at Tuttle Securities and as a Senior Analyst at National Grid. She enjoys going out to lunch with friends and is an enthusiastic Buffalo Bills fan!