About Our 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


The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson

717-564-4761 (x700)

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson is a Minister of Religion, in Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. He was ordained in 1977 by the Unitarian Fellowship of Burbank, California and holds Certificates of Final Fellowship in both Parish and Community Ministry and is an Accredited Interim Minister. Whatever the setting, his ministry is defined by the Gospel of Solidarity, the teachings that human beings deserve equitable treatment and justice and that people are at their best and strongest when they stand in solidarity with each other.

Administrative Staff

Kel Kyle

Congregational Administrator

Joined UCH Staff: July 2013

As Congregational Administrator, Kel is responsible for a broad array of functions for the operation of our church and its 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

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.

Alicia O'Rorey


Joined UCH Staff: April 2015

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

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.


Yvonne DuVal

Director of Music
Phone 717.564.4761(x704)

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.

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.