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The Music Director of the church is responsible for directing and or supervising all aspects of church life that revolve around music. The realm of music is extensive and diverse in the life of the Unitarian church, including vocal and instrumental ensembles, adult and youth choirs, and full productions for rites of passage and theatre performances. Sacred, Jazz, Classical, Blues and Contemporary are only a few of categories expressive of our growing music program.
Ila Stoltzfus holds a BA in Music Education from Goshen College and an MME and Ph.D. in Musicology from Louisiana State University. She taught music in the Talented Arts Program in the public schools. She performs with early music ensembles, playing viola da gamba. She has been active in our music program since 1987. Ms Stoltzfus serves as Music Director and in that role directs the Adult Choir, plays piano for the services and oversees the music program for the church. In addition, she is active in the UUMusician's Network and served two terms as Vice President for Member Services. She has also served on the board of trustees for the Southwest Unitarian Universalist District.
The Program Director of the church is responsible for coordination and support for Adult Programming within the church and for helping the minister, leadership and staff of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge realize the vision and mission of the church. Currently, the Program Director is a volunteer staff position.
Diana Dorroh holds a PhD in Mathematics from Louisiana State University. She is retired from the State of Louisiana, where she worked as an Information Technology consultant and trainer. She was twice President of the congregation (1990 and 1991) and was chair of the Building Steering Committee for the building project which was completed in 1999.
The Outreach Director is volunteer staff and leader of the Outreach Council that has the responsibility of promoting the activities of the church to our community, facilitating events with other churches and social service agencies of the Greater Baton Rouge area, joining the efforts of the Interfaith Federation of Baton Rouge in working toward equity, justice and peace among all our citizens. In addition, the activities of welcoming guests at our worship services and providing a path of membership in our church is directed by this Council.
Rebecca "Becky" Cureau holds the BA degree in music from Bennett College for Women, the M Mus degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities from Atlanta University. She is Professor of Music Emerita of Southern University, where she taught for thirty-five years on the music faculty and served as chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, earning in that capacity the University’s first Academic Leadership Award. A member of the church for more than forty years, she served for seventeen years as volunteer pianist, during which time she and organized and directed the Fellowship's first choir. She has served in several leadership capacities, including Membership Chair, President of the Congregation, and Chair of the Fiftieth Anniversary Committee; and has held membership on numerous committees, currently on the Planning, Nominating, and Congregational Care Committees. She currently serves as the church’s Historian, and as a delegate to the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge.
Director of Social Justice
The Social Justice Director is responsible for the involvement of the congregation in social justice ministries that effect systemic social change,and providing opportunities for social action and direct service work in the broader community. Currently, the Director of Social Justice is a volunteer staff position. Bobby Thompson has been a member of the Unitarian Church for over 20 years and has done extensive work with the YWCA Dialogues on Race.
The Connections Director is a volunteer staff position of administrative and logistical support, to other staff members, the Board of Trustees and the Councils as needed. Connections Council is responsible for all areas that nurture our membership with gatherings, hospitality, and care in times of need. Dottie Kelly is retired from careers in both business management and nursing and has been a member since relocation from New Orleans after Katrina.
Information Information Technology Director
This volunteer staff position is responsible for the web site engineering, the office technology, and technology used in worship. Neal Stoltzfus is a professor of mathematics at LSU has served in numerous key leadership positions in the church during his 30+ years of membership.
This administrative support position has office hours Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM. Allison Hall has been employed since February 2010.
Director of Religious Education
The Religious Education Director is responsible for Sunday morning programming for children and youth, age 3 through grade 12. In addition, this director supervises the nursery and other childcare, and helps develop and implement programs and events related to children, youth, and families that occur beyond Sunday morning.
Rev. Beth Williams holds an Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and is in Final Ministerial Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Prior to this position, Rev. Williams served the Unitarian Universalist Association for eight years as Religious Education and Music Leadership Credentialing Director and served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Swampscott, MA and Chicago, IL as Minister of Religious Education.