Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis, Community Minister
Dot Everhart, MDiv, MSW
Dot has been a UUCV member since 2005. She was raised as a United Methodist in York, PA and experienced a call to pastoral ministry at age 16, when there were few women role models. Luckily, her own (male) pastor validated her call.
Dot graduated from Lycoming College with a religion major and a certificate in Elementary Education. She earned her Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology, where she was radicalized in classes and through the writings of Mary Daly, Carter Heyward, Nelle Morton and other feminists.
Ordained by the United Methodists of the Central PA Conference, she pastored a two-church charge in the small town of Kroxville in Tioga County in the late 1970’s. She met her life partner there and began to identify as a lesbian, initially very closeted but gradually emerging from “the closet” as liberation theology and the civil rights movements changed our culture.
For more than 37 years, Dot enjoyed life with Kay, who had been a single mother to four children. They added spouses and 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren to the extended family, the most recent in December.
Dot’s pastoral career never really ended though her full-time work shifted to a 20- year career in public human services in Tioga County,. While working, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and a Post Master’s Certificate in Public Administration from Marywood University.
Along this path, Dot often found herself in teaching roles. She was an adjunct faculty member at the north campus of Williamsport Area Community College (Pennsylvania College of Technology). She also provided training as an independent contractor to child welfare workers, supervisors and administrators in PA, OH, WI, MN and IN.
After “retiring,” Dot was blessed to care for Kay at home until she passed from dementia. Kay passed in 2014, with her cremains buried in the UUCV Memorial Garden, along with those of their beloved Shih Tzu, Lizzie.
Now, Dot works part-time as a chaplain for Hospice for All Seasons, serving terminally ill patients and their families. While not able to be legally married, Dot considers herself Kay’s widow and credits caring for Kay as the path that led her to hospice chaplaincy.
Dot has been a Worship Associate at UUCV almost since joining, has been active as a Small Group Ministry member and facilitator. She currently serves as the SGM Program Coordinator.
One of Dot’s passions is the spiritual practice of SoulCollage. As a facilitator of this trademarked, creative process, Dot offers a twice-monthly open, free group via Zoom. Her ever-growing deck includes close to 500 cards.
As we move through this current transition at UUCV, Dot is honored to serve as a part of the pastoral care team. Who said anything about “retirement?”
Dot lives in Lemoyne with her rescued black cat, Bella. She continues her minimalist quest to right-size her possessions to fit into a small apartment, where she loves to cook and practice mostly container gardening. (Have any perennials to share?)
Rev. Chris Kapp, MDiv