Reverend Leland Bond-Upson

Rev. Leland Bond-Upson has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry with a Masters in Divinity in 1976.He met his wife Deborah on their first day in seminary.  They raised their four delightful children in northern California, continuing rewarding work leading education centers originally meant just to finance grad school, and used their position to advance the careers of hundreds of underrepresented minorities. In 2008 Leland returned to the parish ministry serving the Petaluma UU Congregation as a regular preacher, then embarking on serving churches as Interim Minister in Honolulu,HI, Fayetteville, AR, Bellingham, WA, Santa Barbara.,CA, Vancouver,WA, and Charlotte, NC.

Leland and Deborah put down roots in Hawai’i during his interim ministry there in 2010-11. Deborah keeps their home in Hawai’i while active in education equity politics, consulting to education organizations, writing, painting and sculpting. He spends his vacation time at home in Hawai’i and is delighted to be in Elgin working with this welcoming congregation.

His wife and children, social justice, history—especially the history of religious tolerance, politics, poetry, education, film, and art—are his major interests. Visit his website: to see some of his writing, favorite videos, and personal history.

Rev. Leland began his service with us on Wednesday, January 9, 2018. He’s always happy to connect with congregants. He can be reached at or (224) 276-9755.

Read Rev. Leland’s weekly message.

Interim Church Administrator

Mila Brinker

Mila returned to UUCE as Interim Administrator in August of 2020 after taking a six-year leave. Previously she served the church as the Administrator for eight years, at which time she was a proud member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators (AUUA) and served three years on the AUUA board.

As Interim, Mila’s areas of responsibility are administrative support for the Minister and staff, Committee and Team support, church office management, communications, property management, and building usage.

A member of the church for over 20 years and prior to becoming a staff member, Mila served on many Committees and Teams including the Board of Trustees, Religious Education Council, Membership Team, Aesthetics Team, Auction Committee and she is a trained OWL facilitator. She is a graduate of the Unitarian Universalist Midwest Leadership School.

Mila earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art and Education from Bradley University. When not at church, she enjoys cooking, gardening, art, spending time with her family and friends, caring for her rescue cat, and attending social justice marches.

As Interim, Mila will use her organizational skills to help prepare the Administrator position for a permanent hire. She looks forward to serving the Elgin UU community once again and is thankful for this opportunity.

Mila can be reached at: or (847) 888-0668.


Music Director

Chelsea Musson

Ministry and Programs

Chelsea began attending UUCE as a child with her family. After being a member of the Unichords handbell choir for several years, she took over as the director in 2017. In 2019, she became UUCE’s Music Director.

She’s a singer, violinist, and arranger, with more than 12 years of experience in music performance. Along with her position at UUCE, Chelsea is a violin and viola teacher at a local private studio. In her position as Music Director, she’s excited to incorporate both modern and traditional styles into regular worship.

Chelsea can be reached at: or (224) 806-9615.