The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis maintains a small but capable staff. While providing professional and administrative leadership, they also work closely with lay leaders and volunteers to realize the mission and values of The Society.
Note: At this time, our staff is working remotely and not keeping office hours. You may reach them by email.
Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Rev. Dr. David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. David has an MFA in poetry from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
David serves on the board of the UU Humanist Association and is chair of the Education Committee of the American Humanist Association. He regularly blogs on Humanism and freethought at Medium.com.
David has published poetry, novels, and theology. Many of his books are available here.
To listen to or read samples of his recent Sunday morning talks, visit our Podcasts page.
Email or at 612.377.6608 x116
Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Rev. Jim Foti joined the Society as assistant minister in August 2014, after serving for a year as the Society’s Consultant for Small Group ministries. His responsibilities include pastoral care and adult programming.
Jim is a 2013 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and served as a ministerial intern at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul and the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Taylors Falls, MN. Jim was ordained by the First Unitarian Society in April 2015.
To listen to or read Jim’s talks, click here.
Email or call 612.377.6608 x107
Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister
Kelli was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2011. At First Unitarian Society her responsibilities include social justice and welcome. She is a frequent wedding and memorial service officiant. In a new partnership, Kelli serves as part-time minister for the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Allison Wyeth, 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.
Email or call 612.377.6608 x108
Barbara Brooks, Music Director
Barb coordinates the vocal and musical components of Sunday Assemblies. She directs the First Unitarian Society Chorus and the Chalice Choir as well as overseeing the special music programs offered by the Society throughout the year.
She is an active vocal coach, pianist and music director in the Twin Cities area. Barb has served as coach/pianist for several opera companies including Canadian Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Banff, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Berkshire Opera and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theatre Institute, as well as for university opera programs at the University of North Texas and the University of Minnesota.
She is presently the principal accompanist of and artistic advisor to the Minnesota Chorale. She also served as a vocal coach in the Resident Artists program at the Minnesota Opera. Barb holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Augsburg College and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan. She attended the Britten-Pears school in England where she studied accompanying with Martin Isepp.
Email or call 612.377.6608 x106
Timothy Roehl, Director of Facilities
Tim’s duties include overall supervision of the maintenance of our building and property as well as coordinating rentals of our facilities for a variety of events.
As a licensed general contractor for his company Urban Habitat in Minneapolis, he has worked on many of the historic homes around the city lakes. In Carmel, CA he was the general manager of the Carmel Mission Foundation, and the event manager for the Carmel Bach Festival.
Email or call 612-377-6608 x105
Kate Goodrich, Office Manager
Kate coordinates office activities, building use, and the congregational calendar; she is the main contact point for news and information. Contact: email or call 612.377.6608 x101.
Allan Callander, Finance Director (First Unitarian Society and Foundation)
Allan has primary oversight of finances, including accounts payable, deposits, monthly reconciliation, employee benefits, and payroll management.
Tracy Yue, Director of Food Hospitality
Tracy coordinates Sunday morning mini-meals and other catering needs.