160 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023 11am Every Sunday

Our Ministers and Staff

Rev. Schuyler Vogel12107800_815429046682_6654917409432479931_n
Senior Minister
Email: revschuyler@4thu.org
Phone: 212-595-1658, ex. 12

Rev. Schuyler Vogel serves as the Senior Minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. He holds degrees in religion from Carleton College and Harvard Divinity School and has served as pastor to congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois. Prior to becoming a minister, Schuyler led religious education programs in Ft. Lauderdale and Chicago, with an emphasis on youth and young adult ministry and helped found the Sanctuary Boston, an emergent Unitarian Universalist community. Previously, he earned a teaching license for middle and high school social studies and grew up in the Milwaukee area.

Schuyler is available by appointment and is generally in the office between Monday and Thursday.

Rev. Mark Cutolo

Email: membership@4thu.org

Rev. Mark Cutolo serves the Fourth Universalist Society as its Membership Coordinator. A born-and-raised resident of the state of New York, and a Millennial, he has both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Social Work, and in addition to working at Fourth Universalist Society, also works full-time for the City as a psychiatric social worker. Mark feels passionately about liberal religion, and the historic Universalist vision of reality in which the Eternal, who is greater than all yet present in each, is so generous, that in the end, all are loved and saved.  As a fellow urbanite who strives to not get lost in the faceless masses, Mark looks forward to building spiritual community with newcomers and existing members alike, as we incarnate our common values and living tradition for the wider community and city.

Camellia Jahanshahiunnamed
Acting Religious Education Teacher
Email: re@4thu.org 

Camellia Jahanshahi was born and raised UU. Growing up, she moved all around the world with her family, opening her up to the lifestyles of others and making her sensitive to cross-cultural perspectives. An active member in the NYC arts and activism scenes, she received her degree from Concordia University in Montreal in Comparative Religious Studies. Camellia has worked with kids for most of her working life. She is extremely passionate about liberal religious education, art, and transparency around the web we all coexist within. She strives to bring creativity, communication and wonder into the classroom; uplifting the voices and interests of the youth she has the pleasure of coming into contact with. She looks forward to this next year at 4th U and can’t wait to see what can be accomplished together.


Gates Thomas
Director of Music
Email: musicdirector@4thu.org

Gates Thomas is a New York-based composer, conductor, recording producer and performer who has worked with Paula Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Sadao Watanabe, and the New American Orchestra of Chicago. For two days each week Gates serves as Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. A Davenport IA native and a product of public schools, he earned a history degree at Northwestern University. Gates is composing a modern concert setting of letters of George Washington, for which he has been recognized as a Mount Vernon Fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington.

Mai-Len Kennedy
iMentor portrait

Youth Coordinator
Email: youthgroup@4thu.org

I am born and raised in New York City and pride myself on my Upper West Side heritage. My father has been a loyal member of Fourth Universalist for over 20 years and since childhood I have attended religious education programming and participated in various facets of church life. I am very excited to be asked to come back in the capacity of the Youth Group coordinator. I am embarking on my 3rd program year working with our youth and I am never tired of learning and growing with them each year.

I went to Drew University and majored in Spanish and Sociology. After graduation I served with City Year NY and then with an international service organization called Build On to implement service learning curriculum, community service projects and after school programs in high schools within the Bronx. I currently work full time with a college access and mentoring organization called iMentor, partnering with school guidance staff to provide college access services and mentor coaching to the 12th grade cohort.  

Rev. Jennifer Pader

Affiliated Minister for Pastoral Care
Email: jp350@mindspring.com
Phone: 917-568-6390, for appointments or pastoral emergencies

Rev. Jennifer Pader has been the Affiliate Minister for Pastoral Care of the Fourth Universalist Society since 2005. Jennifer is a graduate of McGill University, Union Theological Seminary, the Hunter College School of Social Work, and the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Psychoanalysis (IPPP). Rev. Pader is also an LMSW who trained as a psychiatric chaplain at Lenox Hill Hospital, a Gender Identity Counselor at the LGBT Community Center, and as a clinician at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She is an adjunct lecturer at Union Theological Seminary. Jennifer specializes in community-based mental health work. At Fourth Universalist, she specializes in pastoral counseling and short-term pastoral therapy, mental health education, social service referrals and pastoral needs assessments for individuals and families.

Rev. Jill Bowden    
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Endorsed Community Minister
Email: jbowden16@gmail.com

 Rev. Jill Bowden serves as an endorsed Community Minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. She holds degrees from Mercy College (BS in psychology), Long Island University (Master of Public Administration in health care), and Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). She serves our free faith as Director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Before that she was Director of Pastoral Care at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY.

Previously a respiratory therapist and a health care administrator, Rev. Bowden’s background provided significant experience in bedside care and health systems leadership, growth and management.

Jill is available for consultation and pastoral care at the direction of the Senior Minister or in his absence.

Rev. Elizabeth PutnamBeth Putnam July 2016

Endorsed Community Minister
Email: eaputnam@gmail.com

Rev. Elizabeth (Beth) Putnam serves as an affiliated community minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. She holds degrees in history from Wellesley College (BA) and University of Texas at Austin (MA), and attended seminary at Union Theological Seminary in New York (MDiv). She serves as a Chaplain at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System (VA NYHHS), which she joined as a staff member after completing Chaplaincy Residencies at both Albert Einstein Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) and VA NYHHS. She has been a member of Fourth Universalist since 2002. Before being ordained by Fourth Universalist in 2008, she served as an active layperson, including serving as Board President. While growing up mostly in Rochester and Buffalo, NY, she and her husband Alex have lived in New York City for over two decades and she now considers herself a New Yorker.

Beth is available by appointment, she will generally respond to e-mail requests or messages on her home phone within one day.

Administrative Staff

Sheila Powers
Director of Administration
Phone: 212-595-1658, ex. 10
Email: office@4thu.org

Jeff Collie
Building Engineer
Phone: 212-595-1658, ex. 19
Email: building@4thu.org

Kenneth Galloway
Phone: 212-595-1658, ex. 11
Email: sexton@4thu.org

Jim Wolford
Evening Group Coordinator