A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Rev. Terre came to Unitarian Universalism (UU) from the United Methodist ministry. The journey from her childhood faith to ministry in our tradition was a long and circuitous one. In 1972, she received a B.A. from Milsaps College in Religion and Philosophy and in 1977, graduated Cum Laude from the M.Div. Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Rev. Balof was ordained receiving Elder Orders from the North Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1978. During seminary, compassion for a gay friend led her away from the United Methodists when she found the church no longer accepted him because of his sexual orientation. She began looking for a faith that matched her values.
In 1990 she received her MAT at Emory University for Middle School Education as well as finding her first UU congregation. From the first Sunday felt she had found a spiritual home. She changed her ordination from United Methodism to Unitarian Universalism and became Fellowshipped as a UU minister on April 27, 1997.
She came to the UUFC after four years as a Consulting Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, Virginia. Prior to serving the church in Glen Allen, Rev. Balof served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Georgia for 13 years as their settled minister.
In addition, she has served as part-time minister for the UU congregation in Montgomery, Alabama and Emerson UU Congregation in Atlanta. She was a Director of Religious Education of the Northwest UU Congregation in Atlanta as well as serving as campus/urban minister in Richmond, Virginia and, in 1975, served as Interim Minister for an interfaith congregation in the Panama Canal Zone.
She has been actively involved in many social justice endeavors including civil rights and GLTB issues. Her commitment to take the message of Unitarian Universalism into the world is done with joy and excitement. "I enjoy deepening and enlarging our understanding of what it means to be a community of liberal religious seekers in the Deep South."
Rev. Terre is the mother of three children: Andrew (Jenny), Elizabeth (Caroline), and Jack. She has one granddaughter, Claire.