josh long

Josh Long

Seminary Intern

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I grew up in a family of seven, the oldest of five children, three of whom are triplets. My father is an Ordained Pastor in Presbyterian (PCA) church and so faith was an integral part of my childhood. Music is what captured my interest, and I went on to receive my bachelor’s in Music from the University of the Arts in 2008. During my college years, my faith transitioned to a more universal God and love. It is here that I found the Unitarian Universalist Church that I have been a part of for the past 8 years.

In 2017, I finally answered the call to ministry. I was accepted into Wesley Theological Seminary and have been exploring what this call means ever since. I also joined the staff at the UU Church of Annapolis and worked as the Membership Manager up until August of 2021. Despite my membership and participation in the UU Movement, there has always been a curiosity about the United Church of Christ. Some UU’s call the UCC, “Unitarians consider Christ” because of the commitment to ecumenical relations and justice-making in the world. I was excited when I saw Rock Spring as an available internship site. The congregation came with high recommendations from my Wesley advisors!

As a musician, I have held positions at Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Church of God in Christ, United Methodist, and still Unitarian Universalist congregations. I am so excited to learn about UCC theology and polity, progressive Christian faith, social justice work, and the building of beloved community here at Rock Spring UCC.

Outside of Seminary and Rock Spring, I serve as Director of Music Ensembles at the UU Church of Annapolis (extremely part-time), and am a professional musician  and songwriter. I am married to a wonderful wife named Tabitha, we have a cat named Calypso, and we are expecting our first child in February of 2022. I enjoy hiking, golf, tennis, traveling, watching reality TV, and talking Star Wars with my family.