Annie Wheliss, Congregational Life Coordinator

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 919-325-0275


Annie is usually available Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Annie’s primary responsibilities including working with newcomers to help them feel at home at UUFR, coordinating volunteers, coordinating UUFR’s social media presence, updating our database, and assisting with Family Ministry programs.

More about Annie

Annie shares the following about herself…

“I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended Cardinal Gibbons High School, Peace College (now William Peace University), and Warren Wilson College. My academic endeavors were varied, from Visual Arts to Anthropology to English Literature to Behavioral Science.

“I love traveling, and have driven every inch of Highway 40 from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Barstow, California. I love outdoor activities, especially hiking, whitewater rafting, and any excuse to get outside with my dog-child, a deaf Beagle mix, Buddy, who is spoiled rotten and likes to come to work at UUFR with me. If you see him, feel free to come give him pets!

“I’ve lived in Northern Virginia, Boone, North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina, Morehead City North Carolina, and Raleigh. I now live in West Raleigh with my domestic partner, Sheldon Simonds.

“I can be found at home reading the first half of a book and then starting a new one. I enjoy collecting books; I swear I’m going to read them all one day. My work experience includes Medical Administration, Database Management, managing a gift shop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bridal Consultant, Art Sales, Nannying, Ghostwriting/Editing, and Real Estate.

“I feel so fortunate to work at UUFR. The members, friends, visitors, volunteers and staff at UUFR make going to work everyday a real pleasure. It’s a joy for me to connect people doing justice, food insecurity, refugee assistance, LGBTQ+ work, and anti-racism work. I believe in opening as many doors as possible for people to connect with the great work and deep fellowship UUFR offers.”