About Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Julie Kain was unanimously called to be the settled minister of the UU Church of Pensacola in May, 2006. Julie has served on the UUA Mid-South District board, as chair of the Pensacola chapter of the Florida Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), and on the board of the Interfaith Housing Coalition of Northwest Florida and currently as the Board President of the Northwest Florida chapter of PFLAG which sponsors the LGBTQ counseling center, A Safe Port. Along with the congregation, Rev. Julie supports the Faith-based Poverty Solutions Team of Escambia County and the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative.

Julie graduated in 2002 from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California. Before coming to Pensacola, Julie served Unitarian Universalist congregations in San Diego and Grass Valley, California.

Julie became a Unitarian Universalist and was an active lay leader with the Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, North Carolina. Julie and her daughter, Caroline Thaxton, lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 13 years while Julie worked as a dining room manager for a northern Italian restaurant. After moving to California, Caroline attended Berkeley High Independent Study and graduated from San Francisco State University. Caroline worked at the University of San Francisco genetics research lab prior to entering the UCLA School of Education IMPACT graduate program to teach high school science in urban public schools. Caroline leads the science department at a public math and science charter high school in New Orleans.

Originally from Indiana, Julie was very active as a youth in the Presbyterian Church. She attended Earlham College (Quaker, Society of Friends) in Richmond, Indiana for undergraduate studies in Community Development. At Earlham, Julie was a jazz disc jockey on the school NPR radio station and was awarded for her human rights work as student coordinator of Amnesty International.

Rev. Dr. Julie completed her Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on racial justice from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (UCC) in 2015 after doctoral studies with Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, another Unitarian Universalist seminary. Her personal and professional interests include cultural and religious diversity, music, nature and traveling.