Rev. Denis Letourneau Paul has served as East Shore’s developmental minister since August, 2014. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry, one of only two Unitarian Universalist seminaries in the United States, with a Masters of Divinity in 2008. Before coming to East Shore, he served as a street minister and program coordinator with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco, CA; Developmental minister at the UU Fellowship of Kern County in Bakersfield, CA; director of religious education at the UU Fellowship of Los Gatos, CA; and consulting minister at the UU Community of Grass Valley, CA.
Before answering the call to ministry, Rev Denis worked in the construction industry, designing and building residential and light commercial projects and as a project manager for a commercial contractor. He’s remodeled eight of his own homes over the decades, and shares his Cleveland Heights home with his husband, Rev. Joe Cherry — who serves our sibling congregation in Shaker Heights. Rev. Joe went to the “other” UU seminary, Meadville Lombard in Chicago, so theirs is a “mixed marriage.”
Rev. Denis’s approach to congregational ministry is like his approach to remodeling and restoration: he tries to pay attention to the church, its history, story of itself, location within the community, strengths and challenges, ad unique offerings for a world in need of healing. His a long-term approach that seeks to be organic and relational, rather than one reaching for quick fixes and simple solutions.