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Rev. Dr. David Breeden (he/him), address as David

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. David Breeden says, “I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. I became a Humanist at a small Unitarian Universalist fellowship while I was in college. For years, I read the writings of FUS ministers, never dreaming I would get a chance to be part of the FUS story.”

Rev. David was born on a family farm in southern Illinois. Most of his childhood was spent on the road, with his parents moving from job to job in the South. Farming, growing up in mobile home parks, and attending Pentecostal congregations, deeply informs his sense of justice and his belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person.

Rev. David has an MFA from The Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, a Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study at Breadloaf and in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

Rev. David is a published poet and author. He is committed to asserting the historic role of Humanism within the Unitarian Universalist tradition and getting the good news of Humanism out to the world. His many books are available online. His podcasts and videos are available on the FUS website and Din of Conversation.

He is Chair of the Education Committee, the American Humanist Association.

Phone: 612-377-6608 x116
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Rev. Kelli Clement (she/her), address as Rev. Kelli or Kelli

Assistant Minister for Social Justice and Welcome

“It’s all relationship, all the time.” Rev. Kelli’s big learning about congregational life is as true today as it was when she was an intern at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008.  Kelli joined the ministry team at FUS in 2015 as the Minister for Social Justice. Growing into her role here, she now coordinates our Welcome teams and the Pathway to Membership. As a former theater artist, Kelli brings an aesthetic sensibility to Sunday Assembly and other programming.

A native of Paris, Texas, Kelli grew up in the fundamentalist Church of Christ and was baptized in a lake at church camp. A human anthropology course in college cracked that whole worldview wide open. After being unchurched for decades, she found Unitarian Universalism in 1997, to answer a question implied in the 12 Steps: how do I understand God? As a religious naturalist, Kelli would now rather live in the question than pin down an answer, or disregard it entirely. A graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Kelli was ordained at First Universalist Church in 2012. She is the past Executive Director of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. In addition to her work at FUS, Kelli is the quarter time minister of the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in St. Croix Falls, WI. She is honored to cultivate ongoing relationships within and beyond both of these vibrant congregations. 

She and husband Mike have a daughter in college and a mini-poodle who wants to play ball.

Social Justice programming, Welcome teams, and Pathway to Membership

Kelli is a mixed media artist, otherwise known as a magpie. She loves to cook, bake, and host a tea party. She always has a song stuck in her head.

Phone: 612-377-6608 x104
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Dr. Jé Exodus Hooper (they/them)

Affiliate Humanist Clergy

Dr. Jé Exodus Hooper (they/them) is a non-binary preacher who is clergy at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and within the Ethical Culture Movement.

Read Jé’s profile in UUWorld
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Allison Wyeth (she/her)

Director of Religious Education

Allison joined the staff as Director of Religious Education in 2018. Her background is in education and program management in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has been an educator in the public school system, teaching U.S. History to middle school students, and been credentialed as a school administrator.

In her role at First Unitarian, Allison has overall responsibility for programming for children and youth in cooperation with the Religious Education Committee.

Phone: 612-377-6608 x108
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Kate Goodrich

Office Manager

Kate is the main point of contact for FUS, and provides a welcoming, informed, and caring presence to others. She collaborates with members, volunteers, visitors, ministers and staff to facilitate optimal functioning of the Society as a whole. Kate also compiles and edits the FUS weekly email newsletter to share information about our assemblies, programs, activities and volunteer opportunities. She values service to others, as well as effective communication and organization, cooperation and common sense.

Phone: 612-377-6608 x101
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Timothy Roehl (he/him)

Director of Facilities

Enjoying the second half of life as Director of Facilities, Tim is responsible for the physical plant that is the First Unitarian Society building and grounds. He also schedules all our spaces for meetings, parties, rentals, and leases and is the point person for weddings and memorials. Previous positions as a licensed general contractor, owners’ representative for Graves Hospitality, general manager for the Carmel Mission Foundation, and event manager for the Carmel Bach Festival help inform his daily decisions at FUS. 

During the first half of life Tim was fortunate to work as a professional equity actor and vocalist. His New York credits include Babes in Toyland at the Promenade Theatre on Broadway and productions at The Knitting Factory and Town Hall. National tours with Troupe America include Pickwick’s Stories for a Christmas Evening, Babes in Toyland, and Gifts of the Magi. Twin Cities credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and The History Theatre. Favorite roles include Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Nathan in Guys and Dolls, the title role in Candide, Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, and Curly in Oklahoma. Tim spent years with Celebrity Cruises as Lead Vocalist, starring in hundreds of shows, and relishing the starry nights on the world’s oceans. Tim’s original one man show We Three Kings: The Music of Frank, Elvis and Tom received rave reviews from New York and Bermuda audiences. 

Now semi-retired from performing, Tim sings at FUS now and then and is on the music staff at St. Joan of Arc, where he gets to sing with some of the top musicians in Minneapolis. Tim studied at Stanford University and holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Viterbo University.

Phone: 612-377-6608 x105
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Ted Olsen (he/him)

Interim Music Director, Artist-in-Residence

From Ted Olsen’s website:

Ted Olsen is a musician from Minneapolis, MN who plays double bass and bass guitar.

As a composer, he focuses on creating bright moments within the framework of spontaneous group interplay. As an instrumentalist, he plays with a bouncy rhythmic vitality and a fiery optimistic spirit.

As a bandleader his groups have been featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Artists’ Quarter, and Icehouse. He has also performed at Nocturne Jazz Club in Denver, CO and Festival No Improviso in Curitiba, Brazil. In 2017 he released his debut record, Joyfire, on Shifting Paradigm records. In 2019 he was named an alternate to the International Society of Bassists’ Jazz Competition. He has been a stalwart of the Twin Cities music scene for the past decade and is regularly enlisted by top jazz luminaries. He has also branched out into working with artists from the folk, rock, R&B, and contemporary classical scenes.

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Allan Callander (he/him)

Director of Finances for the First Unitarian Society and Foundation