Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig has been UUCF’s associate minister since September 2011. In this role, she oversees programs and staff for lifespan religious exploration, pastoral care, membership and outreach.
She previously served as minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, CA, and the UU Congregation of Rock Valley in Rockton, IL.
Laura received her master in divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and was ordained in 2005.
Laura was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Minnesota, the child of two mental health practitioners. Except for a brief encounter with Lutheran bible school one summer, she was raised without any particular religious tradition. In her 20s, Laura worked in academic publishing, but says her real love was singing. “I was drawn to spirituality but knew I could never be part of a traditional church, says Laura. “Then, while I was pursuing a master’s degree in music, I took a job as a paid singer in a UU church choir. That was the first time I realized such a tradition existed. I am very grateful that they paid me long enough to get converted! It didn’t take me long to find my way into ministry. I feel so blessed to be doing this work of inviting people into spiritual depth and community.”
For fun, Laura enjoys yoga, cooking, mystery novels and ballroom dancing. She lives in Reston with her husband, John B. Ludwig, a massage therapist, self-proclaimed Zen Catholic and former Marine; and their cat, Pippin, and dog, Taylor.