Since we do not proscribe beliefs, are there some core ideas and ideals that we share? Reflections on what is vital to our evolving, responsive faith.
The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield is a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee. His wife, traveling companion, and partner is Peggy Owens-Mansfield, retired American Red Cross Chapter Executive Director (Pine Belt Chapter in Laurel, MS).
He has one sister and is the father of two grown sons and ‘Gran’ to five; one Princess and four Dukes.
A graduate of Martin College, Pulaski, TN (1968) and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (1970) he received his ministerial education from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and received is Masters of Divinity (1976) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry (Spiritual Direction) degree (1996) and is a Fellow at the Graduate Theological Foundation Mishawaka, Indiana. He was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister Nov. 28, 1976 by Heritage UU Church in Cincinnati, OH and is in full fellowship with the UUA.
He has been a public-school teacher (Franklin County, TN) and college administrator (Director of Admissions & Housing at Martin College).
His Unitarian Universalist ministry includes pastorates with Heritage UU in Cincinnati for a decade where he is minister emeritus, the UU Church of Huntsville, AL for fifteen years, part-time efforts with Our Home UU Church in Ellisville, MS, half-time with Red Hill Universalist Church Clinton, NC, full time interim minister at the UU Church of Tampa for two years, and he concluded a three-year ministry with the Community UU Church of Pasco, WA July 15, 2018.
Presently he serves as half-time minister with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast Valparaiso, FL.
He served as a US Army Reserve Chaplain for 8 years, Hospital Staff Chaplain for 6 years and Hospice Chaplain for 4. He has been active in social justice issues throughout his 42 years as an ordained UU minister. The author of three books, two fiction (Mockingbird’s Ballad, Jones of Old Lincoln) and one non-fiction work (An Irreverent Guide to Spirituality) he is a portrait artist, old movie fan, avid reader, and will choose almost anything related to history over any other option for fun and recreation. He does try to keep up with the Cincinnati Reds.
Medical retired in 2002 with heart disease he received a heart transplant June 21, 2010 at Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute in New Orleans. He returned to active intentional ministry in 2011.
He and Peggy are living in Ocean City, FL. (Fort Walton Beach, FL). He likes to be called Doak (pronounced like poke, joke), or Reverend Mansfield.