I was born and raised a Lutheran in a small town near Syracuse, NY. In college I took on various leadership roles in alternative press, environmental, and social justice groups. I first became aware of Unitarian Universalism when I attended non-violent confrontation training hosted at a UU church in the San Francisco Bay area in 1987. In the late nineties I attended the UU church in Eugene, OR, and embraced the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
When my company transferred me to Los Angeles in 2000, I started attending the UU church in Santa Monica. There I met my wife, Annie Welsbacher, and became a member in 2001. While there I attended some classes and social events and created a couple church brochures.
In 2006 Annie and I moved to Wichita to be close to her family. We signed the membership book at First UU and wed there in early 2007. I became active with the National Organization for Women and other social justice groups, noticing the presence of several other UU members. At First UU, I became part of the Green Sanctuary committee, revived the Adult Religious Exploration program, served on a Ministerial Search Committee, served on the board, assisted with a couple of pledge drives, and provided technical support for events and Sunday services.
As President I am excited to join forces with those who have worked for years to transform our church into a welcoming home of spiritual growth and a hub of community action. Together we can stoke the fire of compassion, love, and wisdom. With a bright beacon of hope we can strengthen our bond with the community and expand our reach into the world. Let us continue to be the change we want to see.