Rachel Chadderdon Bair
I live on the west side of Kalamazoo with my husband Daniel, daughter Mara, a dog, a cat, and four chickens. Dan and I have been members of People’s Church since moving back to Kalamazoo in 2015, and I have especially loved volunteering as a cashier at the Bazaar. Before that we had been members of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, where we were married, and where I assisted with the K-1 religious education classes. I work at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Food Innovation Center, and have a background in health and environmental education and nonprofit work. I serve on the board of Can-Do Kitchen and sing with the Bach Festival Chorus, and I enjoy cooking, baking, canning, gardening, and connecting with neighbors and friends however I can. Being an active member of People’s Church helps me connect with and contribute to a community of folks—within our congregation and beyond—who are working to build a just, loving, and resilient future. I look forward to serving People’s Church on the Nominating Committee.
I have been a member of People’s Church since moving to Kalamazoo 5 years ago. I am married to my husband John and together we have two adult children. Our son Mac lives in Chicago, and our daughter Jenny is here in Kalamazoo with our two granddaughters, Lilly and Evelyn. I continue to work part time as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant. We moved to Kalamazoo to be closer to family, and my experience at People’s Church has been important in establishing a sense of community and making friends. I greatly enjoy the diversity of thought and new ideas that are presented weekly. As I move on in retirement, the opportunities People’s Church provides to engage, learn, and grow are so important to me.
Some of the ways I have been involved at church include helping with the Bazaar, serving on the Widening Our Welcome Taskforce, serving as
a greeter, participating in the Service Auction, working with Communities in Schools, and assisting with specialty classes for kids.
I am so glad to be one of “People’s People”, and I would be happy to serve on the Nominating Committee!