I have worshiped at UCH for more than a decade since I first sought others with whom I could mourn on a dreary day in early November, 2004. While I no longer recall the sermon, I found wonderful consolation in the humor of Barb Hoskin’s playing “The Yellow Rose of Texas” as the postlude, and joined in the laughter that slowly permeated the congregation as they realized what she was doing. I have also been struck by the wisdom and depth of sharing in member reflections and summer sermons, and revel in those (largely) Sunday morning moments when sermon, music, story and fellowship create a very special shared something not found in solitude.
I joined the choir in 2005, and continue to sing in that group. If desperation comes knocking, I occasionally play the piano for services. I’ve served as Treasurer and as the Chair of the Finance Committee, reflecting my career and training. I have worked in senior positions in accounting and finance, primarily in higher education during and after completing a BA in business administration and English, an MBA, and a PhD in higher education administration. I currently serve as the associate treasurer at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster while eagerly anticipating retirement years with fewer meetings and more travel.
I met my current (and only!) wife, Marjy Schubauer-Hartman, at UCH as we crossed paths in choir, the Common Grounds Café, and a small group of church members who gather for fellowship. We were thrilled to share the joy of our wedding with many from the congregation last fall, and to participate in the celebration of life service for a good friend’s husband the very next day.
My personal hope was that we could sustain a vital ministry at both physical locations, but recognize the generosity required to do that must be based in a shared vision. I believe discerning an embraceable vision in a congregation that is wonderfully passionate about many important issues supersedes any physical asset, and is the most important work we can do in the next year.