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Reverend Stephen Butler Murray

Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is our settled minister, effective 7/1/2017. Before that Reverend Murray served as interim minister for 2 years. Concurrently, he is president and professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) in Detroit.

Rev. Dr. Murray is the founding Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Theology at Barrytown College, a liberal arts college in upstate New York which focuses on the study of world religion and philosophy. He also has served as Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts and as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Denominational Counselor and Lecturer in Ministry at Harvard Divinity School.

Rev. Dr. Murray is a scholar in the fields of historical and systematic theology, Christian ethics, homiletics, and interfaith dialogue. He is a prolific writer and has published many articles as well as three books, Friendship Across Religions; Reclaiming Divine Wrath: A History of a Christian Doctrine and Its Interpretation; and Crossing By Faith: Sermons on the Transition from Youth to Adulthood. He has also served as a denominational delegate to the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches.

Rev. Dr. Murray received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Endicott College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Todd Ballou
Music Director:
Todd Ballou
Todd Ballou grew up in Hickory Corners, MI, near Kalamazoo. He earned his Bachelors of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, and has served as Music Director of the 1st Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit since 1997. Since 2005, Todd has owned his own architectural firm specializing in residential architecture. He lives with his partner, Dan, on a small farm in Ypsilanti with a few horses and goats.
Nancy Shattuck  
Office Administrator:
Nancy Shattuck
Omar Davis  
Social Hour Coordinator:
Omar Davis

Officers & Trustees

Dan Hale
Vice President
Nathan Strickland
Past President
Kathe Stevens
Bob Lauer
Maysel Brooks
Joel Fortgang
Dan Secrest
Dan Wiest

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