Jeff Frank has been a member of Saint Paul’s since early 2002. He has served on the church’s Board of Trustees (including two terms as Board President), and was chosen to be a church deacon. Jeff served as a lay speaker at St. Paul’s for over a decade. In the spring of 2014, Minister Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Peter Lee Scott proposed that the congregation ordain and install Jeff as their pastor as is allowed under the laws of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In June 2014 the congregation unanimously voted to do so, and Jeff was officially ordained and installed as the minister on October 5th.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (minor in history) with honors from SUNY Cortland and a Masters of Arts Degree and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has served as a school psychologist for over 21 years with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services (HFM BOCES) including serving as a Committee on Special Education and Section 504 Chairman. Rev. Frank brings over two decades of counseling experience to St. Paul’s.
Jeff grew up in the little town of Mayfield, NY. He was salutatorian of his class, co-editor of the school newspaper, and a member of the Mayfield Historical Society. He was active in his hometown’s Presbyterian Church, serving as a member of the Youth Group and an occasional lay speaker. Jeff also attended Hebron Camp, a facility run by the Presbytery of Albany, serving as a Recreation Director, and later Program Director, then two terms on the camp’s Board of Directors.
Jeff’s interests include photography, volleyball, hiking/kayaking, cooking, science fiction/fantasy, history, and world religions. It was his dissatisfaction with a single dogma church that lead him to delve into a study of the world’s religions. This in turn led him to Unitarian Universalism in the late 1990’s. In the time-honored tradition of the old school Universalist circuit riders of the 19th century, Jeff was largely self-taught and chosen by his congregation. After serving the membership of St. Paul’s for over a decade, he was humbly honored to accept the call to become their pastor. Rev. Frank is in the pulpit two Sundays each month and also provides pastoral care and counseling when needed. He lives in the nearby town of Palatine Bridge, NY with his wife and two children.