Meet the Staff of Miami Valley
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
We recently lost our beloved minister, Rev. Greg Martin, to a heart attack, and we are exceedingly grateful for the time we had with him. We welcome Rev. Bill Breeden as our new Transitional Minister.
Transitional Minister – Rev. Bill Breeden
Rev. Bill Breeden is a minister, a peace activist, an abolitionist, and a spiritual adviser to an inmate on Federal Death Row in Terre Haute, IN. He retired in 2014 from his service as co-minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN. He has traveled to war zones in the Middle East and Central America on peace and aid missions. He has also been imprisoned for acts of civil disobedience, fortunately for brief periods. In 2016 he was a candidate for State Representative in Indiana. Like the rest of the country, he got Trumped. He is working on a book of memoirs entitled Billy Pilgrim and the Black Female Jesus, and lives with his wife, Glenda, in a small cabin in Owen County, IN. He considers himself to be the luckiest man on the planet, and is honored by the opportunity to serve the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in this time of transition.
Fellowship Administrator – Jennie Freiberger
Jennie has the friendly face and voice that greet you – via phone or in person – at the Fellowship, and she makes sure the office runs smoothly. She’s been Administrator since September, 2013, preparing the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, Sunday deposit, new member paperwork, and anything else that needs doing!
Jennie grew up on a farm in Tipp City, graduated from Miami University, and has worked in a law firm, an environmental services company, and 15 years in church office work. She’s married to Kevin, and they have two adult daughters, CaraLynn and Samantha, as well as two dogs and a pond full of fish. Jennie enjoys spending time with family, working in her garden and on various art projects, and spending “quality time” with her Kindle! You can reach Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-436-3628.
Director of Religious Education – Lori McClain
When you meet Lori you’ll notice her welcoming spirit and interest in meeting and talking with people, young and old. Married to Susan, with two school-aged children, two rescued dogs and two rescued cats, Lori converses easily on a wide variety of topics: art, nature, camping, cooking, kayaking, gardening, board games, and crafting, to name a few. She considers herself a lichen spotter, moss admirer, tea drinker and bookstore adventurer.
Lori has extensive experience in working with children and youth. She holds an Elementary Education Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Natural Sciences from Wright State University. Prior to becoming the MVUUF Religious Education Director, she was a youth educator at Tree of Life Community in Dayton, a science and religion teacher in Greenville, and a substitute teacher at the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering. Come and see how her organization and creativity infuses our religious education program.
You can reach Lori at email@example.com or 937-436-3628.
Director of Music – Brad Mattingly
Brad has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Wright State University and is known as one of the region’s finest baritones. He has 10+ years experience with leading music in several religious settings, including choral and orchestral conducting. He is also a guitarist.
Known for his excellent people and communication skills, Brad is a motivator of people. We are fortunate to have him. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Greg Martin became the Minister of MVUUF on August 1, 2015. He touched us all, and taught by example in leading the Fellowship in its mission of nurturing spirituality, loving inclusively, and healing the world. Greg became a UU in 2012 and brought a background of 30 years in pastoral ministry to his role here.Greg had many interests including cycling, art and architecture, music of many styles, movies, cooking, working out, kayaking, hiking, and reading. He enjoyed drinking dark Italian roast coffee at fine coffee houses, and frequented farmers markets as often as possible. He is the father of two grown daughters, Katie and Lexie, and made his home in downtown Dayton.