The Reverend David Breeden
Rev. David Breeden is our settled minister. He is a June 2008 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and comes to us from Mukwonago, WI, where he has been serving as consulting minister for this past year.
David especially enjoys writing and delivering sermons, teaching adult education and providing pastoral care. He has a strong respect for lay leadership and a collaborative style.
Sermons Copies of the Minister's sermons are available in the church office for a small donation.
Director of Religious Education, Jan Fitzgerald
Jan Fitzgerald is in her 7th year as Director of Religious Education.
She received her BA from Macalester College and her MA from the University of Iowa in Music Education. She taught eight years at St. Paul Academy and eight years in the Edina Public Schools.
Jan is currently the President of the Prairie Star District Liberal Religious Educators Association.
Minister of Music, Sonja Johnston
Sonja Johnston became Music Director at MVUUF in 1976. The congregation voted in January 2004 to recognize Sonja as Minister of Music.
Sonja was schooled in classical music, is an accomplished pianist and a composer and arranger of a variety of music. She is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians' Network (UUMN) attending and participating in the annual conferences, serving as a mentor to small churches, and sharing the position as UUMN liaison to Prairie Star District with another UUMN member.
Sonja co-chaired the annual UUMN conference in August, 2006, in St. Paul with Ruth Palmer, Director of Music Ministries at Unity Church-Unitarian. In October, Sonja will take over the UUMN Mentor Program which is being merged with the UUMN Liaison Group.
When asked how she envisions her position, Sonja said, "I simply love my job. I like to think I bring a sense of dedication, skill, enthusiasm, passion and yes, FUN, to the music at MVUUF. My life is richer because of this position." Sonja is married with two adult children and has three grandchildren. She raises the level of our community experience with rich and varied music.
Youth Coordinator, Melissa Rosewall
We are happy to announce that we have hired Melissa Rosewall as our new youth coordinator as of fall, 2011. She is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who went through our Religious Education program here. For the past two years she has generously volunteered to teach the Junior High group and is a member of the Long-range Planning Committee.
Melissa currently works as an employment consultant for Community Involvement Program. She helps to find jobs for adults with disabilities. Melissa is excited to begin the Coming of Age program for the Senior High. There are nine youth who will be doing this program
Office Manager, Janet Stevens
Janet Stevens has been Office Manager since September of 1998. "After 30 years of teaching English I was ready for a change of pace and pressure. I'm enjoying the work at MVUUF, and I appreciate the people who keep things humming." Janet and her husband George have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren (all girls).
Contact Mark Clary, Operations Chair, with custodian questions. See MVUUF printed directory or Sunday bulletin for custodian email address.