The Board of Trustees, made up of nine members, serves in trust for the congregation for staggered three-year terms. Staying in close touch with the congregation, the board promotes the accomplishment of the church’s mission and prevents unacceptable activities and conditions in the church by monitoring the work of the executive team. When the trustees first meet as a collective Board, they agree to a covenant:

• Keep our church mission as our focus
• Serve with integrity and live our UU principles
• Support the Executive Team
• Celebrate diversity of thoughts
• Communicate clearly and honestly with each other and the congregation
• Implement our governance model
• Celebrate our accomplishments
• Represent the Board and our Church with one voice

The board adopts governing policies to give direction to the work of our church. They set forth our mission, values, and the ends we reach for. They describe the board’s relationship with the congregation, with the executive team, and within itself. The policies also list what must not be done, as limitations.

Each trustee is expected to serve on one of three standing committees of the board. The standing committees help the board carry out its responsibilities, are chartered with a purpose, and assigned one or more trustees as the chair. The three standing committees are:

In addition, the board may establish additional committees as needed.

Each trustee is expected to be an active member of the church to understand the church’s work and aspirations of the congregation and to have real time connection with our members and friends. But the four “jobs” of the trustees are to be faithful stewards of the resources of the church, to stay in touch with the congregation, to articulate its vision and mission as described in the ends, and to monitor the work of the executive team.

Contact the Board
For matters concerning church policy, long-term vision and goals, contact one of the board members shown below. You can also print a board directory, here or email . We want to hear from you! For concerns or ideas on matters related to church programming or operations, contact the Executive Team.

Become a Member of the Board of Trustees
Trustees serve three-year terms. Three new trustees are elected to the board each year in May. In the winter, the Nominating Committee collects applications and interviews interested board candidates to select a slate for election by the congregation. Click here to view a job description.

Board of Trustees Meeting Time
The Board of Trustees meets in the Room 25 of First Unitarian Church on the third Monday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Board meetings are open to congregation members. Minutes of each board meeting are posted here.

By Laws and Other Important Information
To read the Amended and Restated Bylaws of First U, please click here. To read the Board Policies, click here. For official church statements on Social Justice Issues, click here. For issues concerning the  denomination, JPD District or Delmarva Cluster related to the board of trustees, click here.

Annual Meeting
The annual congregational meeting is held in May. Congregational Meeting minutes are available here.

Board of Trustees for 2019-2020:

Tracy Spinka-Doms

Tracy has been a member of First Unitarian for about four years. Since joining, she has been active throughout the church, including singing in the choir, participating in and leading...

Michael McCabe

Mike McCabe has been an environmental and energy policy consultant for more than 40 years.  He has served in top leadership positions for the EPA, congressional staffs and nonprofit organizations....

Deb Griffin

Deb was married to her husband (Gregory) at First UU by Rev. Doss in 1973. They had the privilege of joining 1st UU in 1992. She has served on the...

Carmen Bell-Delgado

Carmen was born in Chicago. As a child, her family moved back to their hometown in Puerto Rico. Carmen graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey with a...

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Dale Megill

Since joining the church in 2005, Dale has been involved in Pastoral Care including as chairman. She has also been active in organizing and co-facilitating programs as part of the...

Philip Krape

Philip was raised in and served as an acolyte in a traditional Buffalo, New York church before coming to the Delaware Valley in 1966 for college.  He joined DuPont in...

Leslie Dickerson

Leslie has been a member of First U for over 20 years. She works with our ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) helping support youth aging out of foster care....

Renee Anderson

Renee is a retired Montessori teacher and longtime member of First Unitarian. Her path to becoming the Unitarian she is today, began in 1969 while attending the University of Cincinnati...

Travis Laster

Travis has been a member of First Unitarian since 1999. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2003 – 2007. He and his wife Becky were advisers...

Steve Cohen

Steve has been Treasurer of our Church since May 2008. He oversees our financials and provides the Board and Executive Team with a monthly summary of our financial status and...