Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd
Rev. Carrier-Ladd began their Ministry at First Parish Dorchester in August 2020.
Rev. Elizabeth is a fourth generation Unitarian Universalist who grew up in the Boston area. As a minister’s kid, they grew up deeply entrenched in church life. As a teenager, she rose to national UU leadership, culminating with service as the Youth Observer to the UUA Board. They studied Theater and Film at Hampshire College and earned her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard. Elizabeth has served congregations in San Diego, CA, Tulsa, OK, Lafayette, IN and Indianapolis, IN. She has found a real sense of purpose in anti-racism work and has been a part of the leadership collective of Allies for Racial Equity for 9 years. Yoga feeds their spirit, leading to sharing this movement meditation as a 200RYT teacher for 5 years. Watching the Red Sox play is also a spiritual practice for her. Their spouse, Seth, is a UU minister and together they raise 4 children: Mira (8), Theo (7), Elias (5) and Phoebe (2). The six Carrier-Ladd humans and two dogs reside in Revere very close to the beach as they all find great meaning and joy in the ocean.
Rev. Elizabeth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ana Sorina Popa
Director of Music
Dr. Popa holds a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from the Boston University School of Music and has performed in many locations in Europe as well as the continental United States. She has worked with us for well over a decade to broaden our music efforts and offer more diverse programming, not only for our Sunday church services but also for the larger community.
Director Of Faith Formation
Rhea Brown-Bright is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Oklahoma. They grew up participating in local, regional, and national activities such as being on Youth Caucus Staff, attending rallies (cons), going to Summer Seminary, and more. They obtained their Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2021 and are currently a student at Boston University School of Theology, pursuing their Master of Divinity. They are passionate about creating meaningful faith formation programming because they deeply know how essential and impactful it can be for those growing up in a UU church. Outside of Unitarian Universalism, they love spending time at the library, finding escapes in nature, baking, and spending time with friends.
John was born in Haiti and migrated to Boston when he was ten years old. He spent his teenage years in Dorchester with both of his parents. His mother would often drag him to church when he was a teenager. He began to grasp the importance of church as he grew older, and he began to enjoy going to church. John enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including basketball and football, but his favorites are soccer, biking, and swimming. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends when he is not participating in athletic activities.
Mr. James hails from Barbados, and now lives in Boston with his family a short walk from the church. He has been assisting in maintaining buildings and grounds at FPD for several years now, and also works on the maintenance staff of Codman Square Health Center.