Our Minister, Reverend Jeffrey Gould, is a native of Massachusetts in the United States of America, but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1985. He holds both American and British nationalities. He trained for a career in the performing arts, but began his formation for ministry in his undergraduate years, when he read towards a degree in Religious Studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jeff lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was involved in the life of the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, served on the staff of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (an Anglican theological college), and conducted chaplaincies in the San Francisco County Jail and San Francisco General Hospital. Jeff trained for the ministry of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches at Manchester College, Oxford, and took a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford. He served student pastorates in London, Northern Ireland and Taunton, Somerset.
Jeff has held a variety of offices within the General Assembly at the district and national levels, and has served congregations in Liverpool, Cheshire and Lancashire. He has recently returned to the joint ministry of Hale Chapel, Hale Barns and Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow, where he previously served from January 1999 until February 2007. His primary contribution to the life of the wider denomination is currently made through his role as the Events Officer of the Unitarian Christian Association. Rambling, swimming, and weight-lifting keep Jeff physically active, and he devotes a good deal of his time to ecumenical and inter-faith efforts. Jeff has a passion for learning languages, and invests his leisure time in improving his French, German and Italian.