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Our Story

On February 19, 2001, something miraculous emerged here in beautiful southwest Florida.  Ninety-eight of us met with Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson to consider the possibility of forming a new congregation.  Today, more than twenty years later, twenty-five of the founding members are still alive and members of All Faiths.  

  

Our first service was held the Sunday after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  We had publicized that we were creating an interfaith religious group and others came and joined.  Those were challenging times in America. In a time of heightened paranoia and Islamophobia, we offered an alternative of love, trust and inclusiveness.  We recognized that we had a unique opportunity to create something that is much needed– a congregation of inclusive and loving people, who would devote themselves to supporting each other, and making this a better world.  

Our identity and principles are defined by the values of:  Justice · Equity · Compassion.

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Alberita Johnson
CL Minister

Min. Alberita Johnson, Albie, is a minister and poet. She considers life a series of journeys and looks forward to them all. She was ordained in the Baptist Faith and served as Religious Educator. She received her commissioning in ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Association in September 2023, and began a second career.

  

Min. Albie became Commissioned Lay Minister on September 1, 2023 serving as our interim Minister and serving Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism as part time CL Minister. Prior to that she served as our Child and Youth Program Director. She is our spiritual anchor and assists in strengthening our relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, while renewing vision, growing stewardship and enhancing lay and professional leadership. She brings over 20 years of ministry experience, is a lover of poetry and circle leadership of inclusiveness, weaving poems and story telling with humor while preaching, she embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as love is centered in her ministry. 

Regina Kilmartin
Congregational Administrator

After a 30-year career in the New York legal community, Regina relocated to Fort Myers in 2009, where she currently works as the congregational administrator for All Faiths Unitarian Congregation. Her experience in the New York State court system has given her a strong appreciation for legal justice for all people.  Through her work at All Faiths, she has been able to actively engage in her life-long commitment to social justice and human rights.

  

Regina organized All Faiths’ Justice Ministry Network and serves as a team leader for Lee Interfaith for Empowerment (LIFE), an interfaith community-based organization that has successfully brought about systemic change in Lee County. Regina chairs the Communications Committee, is a Sunday worship associate, and actively participates in many of All Faiths’ committees and programs.

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Sharon Heinrich
Child & Youth Program Director

Sharon is a mom and grandmother with a BS in elementary education.  She has many years of experience as an elementary school teacher.  She has also served as Director of Big Pine Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten, and Director for Blue Heron Youth Park.­­

Carlos Garcia
Director of Music

Carlos joined All Faiths in late 2021.  He was born and raised in Havana, Cuba and his family immigrated to Miami, Florida when he was a child.  Carlos moved to Fort Myers, Florida from New York City in 2021.  He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and is a certified Music Educator.  Carlos has held many roles throughout his career such as a Music Minister and Director for congregations, an elementary Music Teacher, a Computer Science and Math Teacher, and has taught music and computer science for the New York State Department of Education.

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Joe Gayton

Sexton

Joe has served All Faiths since 2007.  He arrived in Florida in 2006 from Michigan where he lived close to his daughter after his wife died.  Joe grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and left for Ohio when he was 17. Joe is Native American belonging to the Apache tribe whose ancestors are from southern Arizona.  For generations his people have journeyed from Arizona to Mexico seeking opportunities and warmer weather.  Joe is proud of his heritage and is well respected by and a valuable member of our All Faiths family.

Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Minister Emeritus

Wayne is the founding Minister of All Faiths.  He served the congregation from 2001 through 2013.  He retired in 2013 and is now Minister Emeritus.

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