The Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto is the Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Prior to assuming this position, Rev. Kubal-Komoto completed his 16th year of ministry at Saltwater Church, the Unitarian Universalist congregation in the Seattle suburbs that first called and ordained him. During his tenure at Saltwater Church, James led the congregation through challenges of change and growth, developed innovative programs using the latest technology, was a long-term Good Officer, served on the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association's Board, and most recently led an interfaith coalition that successfully advocated for immigration reform, funding for early childhood intervention programs, and a day shelter for the homeless.
A native of the Chicago suburbs who discovered Unitarian Universalism in his early 20s, James now lives with his wife Hiromi, nine-year-old son, and sixth-month-old miniature australian shepherd in Federal Way, Washington. Together they enjoy discovering new restaurants, cooking together at home, watching foreign films, and occasionally bingeing on a TV series on rainy Pacific Northwest afternoons. In his free time, James also enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing as well as doing the New York Times crossword, playing chess with his son, and reading literary mysteries.