Meet the Ministers

Rev. Dr. Robert Hardies, Senior Minister

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Rob Hardies has served for 15 years as senior minister of All Souls Church Unitarian. Founded in 1821 by John Quincy Adams, All Souls is a dynamic, multicultural congregation in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Throughout his ministry, Rob has been a local and national leader for LGBT equality. In 2004, he testified at Senate and House hearings against congressional attempts to pass a so-called Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 2009, he helped lead the struggle for the District of Columbia to become the sixth jurisdiction in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. DC’s mayor signed that historic civil rights legislation in the sanctuary of All Souls Church.

Rob received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University, a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rob lives in DC with his husband Chris, a poet and professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, and their young son Nico.

Rev. Rob Keithan, Minister of Social Justice


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Rev. Rob Keithan (aka, “RK”) is the half-time Minister for Social Justice Ministry at All Souls, meaning that he supports the church’s many issue groups and works to bring effectiveness and spiritual depth to the social justice ministry overall. In his other consulting, RK specializes in reproductive health, rights and justice, intercultural communication, and congregational social justice programs. He recently worked as a consultant on faith engagement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington Office. RK lives with his wife Mandy, and their young daughters Eleanor and Clara, in Washington, DC.

Rev. Norman Allen, Minister of Adult Spiritual Development


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Norman is no stranger to our community: a member of All Souls for more than a decade, he was ordained by our congregation in March. Entering his second year as part-time minister at Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Camp Springs, MD, Norman has helped shepherd that community through an exciting period of change and growth. Norman is deeply devoted to the history and traditions of Unitarian Universalism, and preaches often on the Principles, Sources, and rich legacy of our faith. As a former English teacher, department chair, playwright, and teaching mentor, Rev. Norm is uniquely suited to build upon the good work begun by Rev. Parker, and our Adult Spiritual Development Committee and Think Tank. To learn more, check out Rev. Norm’s website.