Reverend Larry Brickner-Wood is the Chaplain and Executive Director of the Waysmeet Center, aka the United Campus Ministry to the University of New Hampshire. Larry has been serving at the Center for 18 years and is a crucial part of the organization. Like any director, Larry manages programs, finances, and personnel. His goal is to change the world in a positive way by guiding students and volunteers to be ethical activists. He is passionate about diversity, social justice, economic justice, earth justice, spirituality, ending sexual and intimate partner violence, ending hunger and food insecurity, and other issues. He loves his work!
Prior to his work at the Waysmeet Center, Larry spent 20 years serving in local government. He worked as the Durham Town Manager. Today, Larry continues to be an involved community member. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and served previously as the Assistant Pastor at First Church Congregational, UCC, in Rochester, NH. Larry received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from James Madison University in Virginia, and earned his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. Additionally, he received a Master in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. In addition to his work at the Waysmeet Center, Larry is a UNH Social Justice Educator and serves on the Internal Review Board at Wentworth Douglass Hospital, the Durham Historic District and Heritage Review Commission and is Chair of the Carroll-Strafford Association Committee on Church and Ministry.
Larry is interested in inter and multi-faith work, spirituality, healing, community service, activism, holistic sustainability and spiritual direction. In his free time, Larry enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, gardens, poetry, reading, sports, drinking tea, drumming, cooking and spending time with his family. He lives in Durham, is married and has two sons, who live in Brooklyn and Arizona.