The South Valley Team
Reverend Lora Young
Rev. Lora joined us on August 1, 2020. Prior to earning her M.Div from Iliff School of Theology in 2017, Lora worked as a chaplain at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and provided pastoral care at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Santa Barbara, CA. Past ministerial positions include a sabbatical with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo and an internship at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congreg-ation. She has also served as Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Charter School and as Co-Executive Director at Kids in Common.
Reverend John Cooper
John works as a Board-Certified Chaplain at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff. Areas of interest include the use of research to demonstrate the role of spiritual care, life stories as sacred texts, and end of life needs. John is also a member of our choir, The South Valley Singers.
Director of Religious Exploration
Rebecca joined South Valley in Summer 2019. She has experience leading education in diverse religious settings, and her educational background in social work and sociology positions her to work with children and youth with a wide range of needs and lives outside of Sunday morning.
Music Director (vacant)
Cindy has served in administration and office manager roles for South Valley since 2014. Before that, she was a minister, teacher, and counselor at a spiritual center for more than 20 years.
Rick is a keyboardist, vocal coach, composer and music educator. His long career includes stints with the Oakland, San Antonio, and Utah symphonies, and he was instrumental in creating the Film Composer’s Lab at the Sundance Institute. He has been associated with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater for over thirty years.