The Executive Team (ET) is responsible for the operations of the church. The ET is made up of the Minister, the Business Manager, and lay members of the congregation. Each member of the ET has a portfolio covering operational areas of the church, including Worship, Facilities, Children’s Religious Education, Personnel, and more. You can read our covenant, here.

We also have a large number of teams, committees and groups of volunteers who execute many of the tasks associated with running a church. You can learn more about these groups and teams, here. You can also read about our charter requirements for church committees, here.

The Executive Team reports to the Board of Trustees. You can learn more about our governance model, here. If you would like to view our reports, please click here.

For church year 2020-2021 the ET is made up of:

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Peers

Rev. Larry will join our staff on August 1, 2021. Rev. Larry started his professional career as a licensed therapist in Massachusetts. After graduating from seminary at Boston University School...

Marina VanRenssen

Marina VanRenssen joined the staff as Business Manager in September 2007. She manages the business and finances of the office, supervises staff, and is the staff liaison for several executive...

Dale Stratton

Dale Stratton joined First Unitarian in September, 2002.  She served on the Board, including as President from 2005-2008. On Fridays, she is the office volunteer on duty. She has also...

Linda Sanders

Linda Sanders came to Unitarian Universalism through a friend who introduced her to a Women’s Circle at the Unitarian Fellowship of Newark about 25 years ago. She joined the fellowship...