Staff

Our Minister & Staff

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg is located at 1280 Clover Lane in Harrisburg, just off of Eisenhower Blvd. in Swatara Township.

Church Office Days/Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Due to COVID-19, our offices and church are closed except for essential staff. Note: Services are available on our YouTube channel and are uploaded each week.

Phone: 717.564.4761   |   Fax: 717.455.9469

Minister

The Rev. David Kohlmeier

Minister
717-564-4761 (x700)

We are pleased to announce that the members of UCH have called Rev. David Kohlmeier to be our settled minister. Rev. David will begin his time with us starting August 1, 2021.

Rev. David Kohlmeier describes himself as "a pastor, parent, radical theologian, occasional poet, and flawed human being."  He graduated from West Virginia State University with a BA in English Literature, and with minors in Philosophy and Writing.  He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.

You may also contact Rev. David by using our online form here.

Administrative Staff

Tavia Flanagan

Office Assistant & Gift Card Coordinator
717.564.4761(x702)

Joined UCH Staff: March 2015

Tavia handles our daily office needs including answering emails, coordinating room (now Zoom) reservations, calendaring, creating graphics, communications, preparing Orders of Service, and other general office functions. She also serves as the coordinator of our gift card fundraising program and assists lay leaders and group leaders with projects as needed.

You may also contact Tavia by using our online form here.

 

Religious Exploration

Cory Ness

Director of Religious Exploration
717.564.4761 (x705)

Joined UCH Staff: July 2020

Cory began her journey as a Unitarian Universalist in the early 1990s when she found a religious home to raise her children at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. There she discovered the UU Principles and Sources, which aligned with her own life philosophies. She has been a professional religious educator since 2006, serving most recently at the UU Church of the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, VA.

Cory’s love and passion for Unitarian Universalism can be seen every Sunday and in the many credentials she has acquired over the years. In 2012 she became a Credentialed Religious Educator, completing all 10 of the Renaissance Modules. Since that time, she has completed Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training, a comprehensive sexuality program for Kindergarten through the 12th grade; Spirit Play, a Montessori approach; Pastoral Care; Creating Healthy Congregations; Anti-Racism Training; Interim DRE Training and others.

She and her husband, Daryl, were both born in York County and have lived most of their lives in the southern part of the County. They have two adult daughters who live in Virginia. Their oldest is an industrial-organizational psychologist, and their youngest is an elementary school teacher. For self-care, Cory loves creating fiber art including quilts, needle felting, and crochet. She also enjoys spending time camping and hiking with her husband.

You may also contact Cory by using our online form here.

Music

Yvonne DuVal

Director of Music
Phone 717.564.4761(x704)

Joined UCH Staff: November 2018

Yvonne is a graduate of Colorado State University, with the degree of Bachelor of Music, and of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, with the degree of Master of Music. Her major instruments are flute and piccolo and she studied conducting and other aspects of musical leadership. She has taught in both public high school and her own private studio. In addition, she has ten years of experience in business, including six years in human resources. She has performed with many groups, including the Fort Collins Wind Symphony and Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir.

Her passion for music is evident and she is excited about working with UCH's rich pool of volunteer musicians and developing further as a leader through the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.

She and her family moved from Colorado to Harrisburg early in 2018. Yvonne, her partner Dean Leverett, and their son Terran are here most Sundays.

You may also contact Yvonne by using our online form here.

Hannah Belser

Choir Accompanist

Hannah has played the piano for over 50 years and has served UCH as one of its pianists since 2007. She has abundant experience as the service pianist and choir accompanist, playing for Thursday evening choir rehearsals, Sunday morning services, weddings and memorial services over those years. Hannah retired from teaching in public elementary schools in 2015. She truly enjoys enriching the worship experience through music played from the heart and in fellowship with the other wonderful musicians who offer their talents to UCH with instruments and song.