Rev. Bruce Beisner
Rev. Bruce Beisner is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in June of 2012. Born in West Virginia, Bruce lived in southwest Ohio prior to coming to Houston. Ministry runs in his blood as his grandfather and great grandfather were Southern Baptist preachers. During his seminary years, Bruce served as intern minister of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Newtown, Ohio, consulting minister of Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community in Oxford, Ohio and administrator of the Northern Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Cincinnati. Among Bruce’s published writings are two chapters in the Skinner House book Darkening the Doorways, a chronicle of the contributions of African Americans to Unitarian Universalism. In addition to his Master of Divinity degree, Bruce has a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati.
Bruce often says his calling is to preach and teach a “gospel of interdependence,” seeking to hold up the sacredness of our connections to others and to all of existence. At the core of his personal theology is a reverence for relationships and a passion for social justice.
Before entering the ministry, Bruce managed a small bakery for two decades. He was an active leader in the Cincinnati area LGBT community including serving as the president of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Cincinnati and editor of an Ohio gay newspaper.
Bruce and his husband, Jim Beisner, were married in 2000 and spend their free time traveling in their new mobile home camper.
Rev. Beisner was called as settled minister of Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in June of 2012 and began serving on August 1, 2012.