We called Rev. Bryan Plude to UUFC in May, 2015. We ordained and installed Rev. Bryan as our minister in October, 2016. He is a relatively recent graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, but his life experience is extensive. In previous careers he has served as an officer and pilot with the U.S. Navy and as a civil engineer, where he focused on environmental restoration. Bryan is a long time UU who felt tugged toward ministry for many years. While listening to a recently ordained friend preach in 2010, he realized that the environmental crisis facing humanity and the Earth is ultimately a spiritual crisis. This was the missing piece for Bryan and he entered seminary shortly thereafter, graduating in 2015.
Bryan holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he majored in neurobiology. He holds masters' degrees in business from Webster University and in civil engineering from Cleveland State University.
Bryan has two grown boys and a daughter in college. He lives in Chico with his youngest daughter, his wife, Margaret and his dog, Penni. He avidly enjoys nature in a variety of ways including bird watching, bicycling, fly-fishing and backpacking.