Our governance structure allows us to participate in shared ministry. The structure provides accountability so that the church can be responsive and agile. This model was created based on the work of Dan Hotchkiss, a well-respected Unitarian Universalist church consultant and author of Governance and Ministry.

Our plan is to experiment with this model and refine it as we go.

In this model, the congregation is the foundation. Out of the congregation come governors who meet to play a formal, corporate decision-making role. Out of the congregation come ministers and volunteers who offer skills and gifts to do the work of the church. And out of the congregation come discerners who decide what good the congregation exists to do, what we will do to live our mission.

On the left “arm” of the diagram, you will see that governance is led by the Board of Trustees.“Governance” means oversight, policies, foundational documents like Bylaws, and resource allocation. It also includes fiduciary responsibility. The Board charters Committees and and asks them to focus on certain areas.

On the right side, you will see Ministry is the rest of what a congregation does – achieving the inward and outward results the congregation exists to achieve.

Anyone whose job it is to lead a program, teach a class, serve food, lead worship, or help visitors find a seat, is part of ministry. Ministry teams making daily choices about money, time, and space. It requires staff with written job descriptions, annual goals, and ongoing evaluation.

Both governance and ministry arms work together to discern, create vision and strategy. They work together to determine how money will be spent and manage when it is being spent. And both build relationships, enthusiasm, and renewed faith. In these ways, we share ministry!

When we know who is accountable for what, we can move to creativity and collaboration. We can delegate authority to committees and ministry teams without micromanaging them. We can keeping asking: “Is it safe to try?” When two or more people work together like this, we generate a creative interchange!

Board of Trustees, 2022-23

Front row, left to right: Will Kropp (president), Steve Todd, Cathy Edwards (president-elect)
Back row, left to right: Sarah Vollmann, Allison Churnside, Janet Evans, Jim Rowe (past president), Rev. David Schwartz (lead minister)


The Board of Trustees guides the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder in developing our congregation’s vision and strategy. It holds fiduciary responsibility, sets the church’s operating policies, and maintains foundational documents such as bylaws. Members of the Board are nominated by the Leadership Development Committee and elected by the congregation for three-year terms.

  • President: Will Kropp (2024)
  • President-Elect: Cathy Edwards (2025)
  • Past President: Jim Rowe (2023)
  • Trustees:
    • Allison Churnside
    • Janet Evans
    • Steve Todd
    • Sarah Vollmann

Other Officers and Positions

  • Treasurer: Matt Ball
  • Board Secretary: TBA
  • Clerk of the Congregation: Ellen Cotts
  • Moderator of the Congregation: TBA

Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) recruits, develops, and nurtures the current and future leaders of our church. LDC provides leadership training and development, invites church members into positions of church leadership, and maintains close communication with committee and ministry team chairs, the Board of Trustees, and the religious professionals. It also provides recognition of service for church leaders. Members of LDC are nominated by the Board and elected by the congregation for three-year terms.

  • Whitney Wheeless
  • Susan Secord
  • Robin Miller
  • John Cuddington

Committee on Shared Ministries

The Committee on Shared Ministries (COSM) measures the effectiveness of ministry programs through an annual survey. COSM offers education on our Covenant of Respectful Relationships and provides opportunities to practice it. It also convenes the Congregational Life Council and participates in the annual evaluation of the minister. Members of COSM are nominated by the Leadership Development Committee and elected by the congregation for three-year terms.

  • Susan Bailey
  • Karen Morgan
  • Gene Arnn
  • Sally Hall