I once wondered if it would ever be possible for my rewarding but disparate professional experiences to fit together. Then I became a parish minister and discovered much to my delight: Yes! And this is how.

~ Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Organizational Development and Administration

After amazing training in acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, I quite naturally thought I would become an actress or do other work in theater. But I quickly discovered I was far too practical when it came to knowing where my next paycheck would come from. I instead brought my creativity and an ease with public speaking to internal and external corporate communications, marketing communications, and national and international media relations.

My administrative skills have been honed through years of experience in private sector roles that have required strong writing and creative thinking, as well as competencies in strategic planning, developing and managing budgets; recruitment, hiring, training, and staff supervision. I’ve also sat on boards and committees of boards where we’ve rolled up our sleeves to accomplish the important work of changing some small portion of the world for the highest good.

I’ve been coordinator of worldwide corporate communications for a multinational ad agency, and vice president of a national executive search firm focused on communications, where I developed new business and worked with corporate clients to fill executive positions nationwide.

Later, as I coached people in creating purpose-filled work – I began to sense the first inklings of a call to ministry. I’ve also been an entrepreneur in a venture that actually failed – forward – in that I learned more about business and myself from that event than any other, which ultimately changed the trajectory of my life.

Jacqueline comes to ministry from a professional executive management background; her supervision and staff coaching skills are top notch…. Leaders have been excited and eager to welcome Jacqueline to their admin and stewardship teams, and board meetings.

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

In meetings Rev. Brett will often remind, for every “what” there needs to be a “who.” This means, for every program and plan or new idea and initiative, there needs to be someone who will take responsibility for the details. And at ERUUF, Rev. Brett is the hard working “who” behind many successful programs and teams. Rev. Brett brings a fresh eye and eagerness to grow in her knowledge of congregational finance, administration, and policy. Rev. Brett is a forward thinking and gifted team leader in every endeavor, from classes and worship to logistics and communication.

Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Congregational Administration and Leadership

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham, NC 2012 – Present

Minister for Congregational Engagement, 2018 – present

  • Member of Coordinating Team
  • Non-voting participant on Board of Trustees and
    Eno River Fellowship Foundation Board
  • Ministerial portfolio includes:
    • Justice Ministry
    • Multicultural & Change Teams
    • Adult Programs
    • Membership Development
    • Staff partner to Stewardship Council
  • Supervise Director of Religious Education, Planned Giving Coordinator, and Program Assistant

Minister of Member Engagement, September 2017 – June 2018

Director of Member Engagement, July 2017 – September 2017

Student Minister/Director of Membership Development,
September 2015 – June 2017

Office Assistant, September 2012 – June 2015

Community Church of Chapel Hill, March 2014 – June 2015

Director of Welcoming Ministries

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, September 2013 – March 2014

Membership Coordinator

[See resume for full list of roles]

Professional Memberships

Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA)


      • BIPOC UU Ministers
      • Southeast UUMA (SEUUMA)
      • Tar Heel UUMA (THUUMA) Cluster

Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)

Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries

Meadville Lombard Alumni Association

Continuing Education and Training

Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management, expected December 2021

Mindful Leadership Training Program – Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2021

Managing for Racial Equity Inclusion + Results – The Management Center, 2021

How to Do Hybrid Church – FaithLead: Convergence Online Learning, 2021

Managing To Change the World (BIPOC) – The Management Center, 2020

Fundraising for Networks & Coalitions – Klein & Roth Consulting, 2020

Increasing Financial Resources for Your Congregation – IAF, 2017

Board of Trustees Governance Workshop — MLTS, 2017

Unintentionally Unwelcome: Common (But Unnecessary)

Mistakes Churches Make – Tracy Brown / Stained Glass Spirit, 2016

Igniting Growth Through Professional Membership Ministry – UUAMP, 2014