Our Staff

Rev. Rebecca Hinds, Developmental Minister

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Rev. Rebecca Hinds

Office hours at Peoples:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

You can also talk to the Reverend Hinds on Sundays or send her a message online.

About the Rev. Hinds

Hello! I am a native Midwesterner, originally from Duluth, MN, and a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and my Masters of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts. I am deeply rooted in our UU tradition and radically open to the future of our faith.

I love to discuss religion, theology, and books of all kinds. I love music, singing, cooking, baking and the outdoors (especially the Great Northwoods!). My wife, Casey, and I are new to the area and very much looking forward to getting to know the Cedar Rapids Community. Please call or come visit anytime - my door is always open!

Cathy Fischer Church Coordinator

Office Hours at Peoples:

Tuesday 8:30-2:30

Wednesday 9:00-2:00

Thursday     8:30-2:30

Friday 9:00-12:00

About Cathy

Cathy Fischer is our new Office Coordinator.  Cathy has a passion for project management, organization and time management that will make her a great addition to our church family as we continue to work on our Developmental Ministry plan.  She comes to us after a 9 year career at Transamerica where she has worked in financial reporting, management and project management.  Cathy obtained her B.S. from Iowa State University in 2006 and has been working towards MBA at the University of Iowa.

Cathy is busy mother to four boys, Vance (8), Royce (5), Calvin (10mo) and Isaac (10mo).  After the twins were born Cathy decided to find a career that would allow her to have more time at home with her children and she is delighted to have found that partnership with Peoples Church!  She is a lover of cats and has two littermates named Abbott and Costello after her love for the classic movie duo. 

Cathy actually studied Horticulture in college, and while she never put that degree to use professionally she has a love for gardening as well as a growing collection of garden gnomes!  Her and her family recently moved to Robins and she is looking forward to designing her garden at her new house.  She also recently joined the Robins Civic Club and is chairing the Kid Carnival for this summer’s Robin’s Round Up.



Jamie Záruba, Director of Religious Education

Office Hours at Peoples Church
  • Tuesday: 8:30AM - 1:45PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30PM - 1:45PM
  • Thursday: 8:30AM - 3:00PM
  • Sunday: 9:30AM - 10:30M
Send Jamie a message online.

About Jamie

Jamie Ray Záruba is the Director of Religious Education at Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, the outdoors was someplace he always wanted to be. He did quite well in sports, mainly baseball, football, tennis, and golf. It was in Jr High when his true love for comic books & literature exploded. He might be considered a geek, nerd, and that's okay because it could always be worse. Gradually stepping away from playing sports and excelling in his extra-curricular activities to include music, theater, and Tae Kwon Do. Highlighting his high school days by earning the Sports and Recreation page editor for the Jefferson High School Newspaper. After fighting for his country in the 90's as a Calvary Scout in the U.S. Army, Jamie returned back to Iowa for about five years trying some new ventures. After not quite finding his niche, Jamie return to the Army in 2003 working in a different field called, Watercraft Engineer until some medical reasons caused him his early retirement in 2006. Jamie started college in 2007 while working full-time over the next 8 years, gaining a Master of the Arts Degree in Literary Studies from the University of Iowa after earning his Bachelor's Degrees from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. The next goal for Jamie in education is to begin working towards a PhD. in Philosophy specializing in Ancient Religions. While completing his Credentialing through the UUA Jamie worked for the Cedar Rapids Opera Company, The Jazz ensemble vocalists, and various theater productions. I have two wonderful children: Zander (15) and Samantha (13), and of course my saving grace, "Wonder" my officially registered Emotional Support Animal(ESA) who is a Chocolate Labrabull who is just over 1 now. Now having been welcomed into the family here at the lovely Peoples Church, I am stoked! Thank you for this great opportunity and let us keep up the work.