Staff

About Our Staff

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's church office is located at our Clover Lane campus at 1280 Clover Lane in Harrisburg, just off of Eisenhower Blvd. in Swatara Township.

Church Office Days/Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: 717.564.4761
Fax: 717.455.9469

Minister

Rev. Lyn Cox

Interim Minister
717.564.4761(x700)

Rev. Lyn began serving our congregation in August of 2017. She recently served at UUYC (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York) as their Interim Parish Minister. Before UUYC she served the UU's of Fallston, MD. Prior to that, she was a full-time consultant with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Joseph Priestley District (JPD, our local association of UU congregations). Her first settlement was as the Assistant Minister for Education at the UU Society of Sacramento, CA. These experiences have brought her insights from leadership, faith development, and worship at every level and age group in our faith.

Rev. Lyn is a 2003 graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and a 2014 recipient of a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. During her counseling field work, she provided mental health support for children, adolescents, and their families. Before seminary, she worked in public relations for high tech, nonprofit, arts, and education settings.

Theologically, Rev. Lyn draws from the wisdom of prophetic women and men throughout UU history, from the experience of her interfaith UU-Jewish household, from her liberal Christian upbringing, and from her personal earth-based spiritual practice. She also studied Buddhism during seminary and in her first settlement. She notes that "praying with our hands and feet" by living out our UU values of justice, equality, and compassion is a path we can travel together as we learn to weave together our theological diversity.

A lifelong learner, Rev. Lyn is interested in running, sewing, science fiction, singing, and dinosaurs. Rev. Lyn lives in Baltimore with her family.

Administrative Staff

Kel Kyle

Congregational Administrator
717.564.4761(x701)

Joined UCH Staff: July 2013

As Congregational Administrator, Kel is responsible for a broad array of functions for the operation of our church and it's programs. Kel's duties include administrative and facilities management, rentals, communications and outreach management, finance and human resources support, and coordinating and supervising volunteers. Kel also supervises our administrative staff  (bookkeeper and office assistant).

Tavia Flanagan

Office Assistant & Gift Card Coordinator
717.564.4761(x702)

Joined UCH Staff: March 2015

Tavia had years of experience working in administrative support in both the medical field and insurance industry before taking time off to start a family.  Tavia handles our daily office needs including answering the phone, assisting in room reservations for our congregants, calendaring, coordinating our gift card program, preparing Orders of Service and other general office needs.

 

Alicia O'Rorery

Bookkeeper
717.564.4761(x703)

Joined UCH Staff: April 2015

Alicia takes care of our accounting and financial reporting.  She maintains the financial records for out gift card fundraising program, provides data support for the annual stewardship campaign, maintains pledge records and assists in the budget process.

Email Alicia by using our staff contact form located here.

 

Religious Exploration

Sara Palmer

Director of Religious Exploration
717.564.4761(x708)

Sara began working for UCH in 2012 as a Nursery Helper and never left. She became our Director of Religious Exploration in August of 2015. As the DRE, Sara is responsible for Children, Youth, and Adult RE programming at both the Market Street and Clover Lane campuses, as well as childcare, RE supplies, and volunteer recruitment and management. Sara believes passionately in social justice, our OWL sessions, and meeting each person where they are. She is honored to serve the UCH congregation. Sara taught in the public schools of Central PA and Western Mass for 13 years before joining us at UCH.

Music

Ann Hossler

Director of Music
717.564.4761(x705)

Ann began working for UCH in September of 2016.  As the Director of Music, Ann is responsible for all aspects of music — both instrumental and vocal — at both the Market Street and Clover Lane Campuses.  She has served both United Methodist and Unitarian Universalist churches in Central Pennsylvania and in Florida.

Email Ann by using our staff contact form located here.

Hannah Belser

Choir Accompanist

I taught elementary school (reading, writing, arithmetic) for 35+ years and retired 2 years ago.  It has been my privilege and joy to be the piano accompanist in various capacities for over 8 years.  As the needs and circumstances demanded over that time, I have played for the entire service, just the choir, and/or special music.  Currently I accompany the hymns, some incidental music, the choir during rehearsals and Sunday services, and the entire service when our esteemed music director, Ann Hossler, takes some much-deserved time off.  Being a musician at heart, I love to play the piano at UCH in whatever ways I am needed.