Rev.Dr. Kenneth Claus
Dr. Claus comes with an interesting bio to say the least. He is a long term survivor of both a heart transplant and alcoholism. He has been a large church sr. minister, a hostage negotiator and presently teaches English literature and composition at Florida International University as well as founding the Religious Studies program at Miami Dade College- Kendall campus.. Dr. Claus graduated from Union Theological Seminary (affiliated with Columbia University) and received his doctorate from Boston University. His major work in seminary was early church history and the history and practice of Christian worship.
He is married to Maria Teresa Estrada. Together they have four children, two wire haired Dachshunds and a cat. Dr. Claus is an avid consumer of fantasy books and films.
By choice, Dr. Claus does not draw a salary as minister of All Souls Miami. His only compensation is for presiding over ceremonies such as weddings, funerals or baptisms. He feels that, by doing so, All Souls Miami is better able to remain true to its mission and the spiritual rewards we all gain from his leadership is reward enough for him.
Rate My Professors listed Dr. Claus as one of the top 25 professors in the U.S. for 2009-2010 ( he was 19th); in 2011 the student body of F.I.U. elected him out of 7,000 faculty to give the first "What Would You Say" (if it was your last lecture). Miami Dade College -Kendall heard that same lecture also in 2011.
Dr. Claus is now an Associate Member, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Assn.
Rev.Dr. Bob Dorris
Bob Dorris joined All Souls as an Associate Minister in January 2012. Bob is a published author ( four on Amazon ) and a distinguished writer. He was selected as the Beliefnet.com Member Of The Year for 2009 because of his powerful and moving words on spirituality. Bob has been a local church minister while also working in the secular field. He has degrees from the University of Miami ( B.A.) and his doctorate from the University of Sedona. He and his wife, Anne, have been married for over 30 years. Bob has already had a big impact on All Souls...his spiritual thoughts are used for Responsive Readings during worship and he has become a ready source for questions involving spirituality and faith. He is a minister in the American Unitarian Conference.