Rev. Craig Schwalenberg


The Rev. Craig Schwalenberg started serving UUC Stamford as their interim minister in August, 2020. Rev. Craig received his M.Div from the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL. He was ordained as a Unitarian Univesalist minister by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, IL where he served as a ministerial intern. He served as a student minister with the Lake County UU Church in Hartland, WI, and as the assistant minister at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI. Rev. Craig spent the last 11 years as minister to the UU Society of Oneonta, NY. As UUC Stamford’s interim minister, Rev. Craig will be working with the congregation to grieve and celebrate what has come before before and dream and prepare for what lies ahead. Rev. Craig will be serving UUC Stamford for the next year and possibly for a second year. 

Rev. Craig lives in Oneonta, NY with his wife, Cheryl DeDecker, and their two dogs (Spirit and Harmony) and one cat (Opal). While we are practicing safe social distancing and taking other reasonable precautions for the pandemic, Rev. Craig will be ministering with us from a distance– joining us by email, phone and Zoom (and occasional visits as needed). When it is safe to worship in-person again, Rev. Craig will split his time between Stamford and Oneonta, spending 3-4 days in Stamford every week. When Rev. Craig is in Stamford, he will likely be accompanied by Spirit, who is a trained therapy dog. Spirit visits people in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. She also regularly attends and sometimes participates in worship services with Rev. Craig.

Rev. Craig is also a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry team. He has been a responder, a team leader, and a member of the UUTRM Board. Currently, he is one of UUTRM’s responders and also conducts prepardedness assessments and workshops for congregations. Rev. Craig is an avid player of games (cards, table top, and role-playing) and is known as the Games Minister by his colleagues. He is an avowed super hero geek, enjoying books, comics, movies, television shows and anything else related to super heroes. He is an occasional geocacher and looks forward to finding some of the geocaches hidden around the Stamford area. His spiritual practices include drumming, swimming, and walking in the woods.

To speak with Rev. Craig or schedule an appointment please email him or call our Administrative Offices at 203-348-0708.