Our Staff

Minister Rev. Craig Schwalenberg
Rev. Craig has served UUSO as its minister since August of 2009.  He is responsible for all worship and rites of passage at UUSO, provides pastoral care, supervises staff, represents our faith in the wider community, and tends to the spiritual well-being of the congregation.  Craig believes the divine is found in our connections to each other and to the wider world.  His ministry is one of seeking, connecting, questioning, loving, and laughing.  His regular office hours are Tuesday – Thursday, but it is always best to contact him for an appointment.

Learn More About Our Minister
Rev. Craig Schwalenberg was called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta as their minister by a vote of the congregation on May 17, 2009.  Originally from Madison, WI, Craig graduated from the university there and spent 10 years working for Union Cab, a worker­-owned, worker­-operated transportation cooperative.  It was there that Craig developed a passion for cooperative principles AND discovered Unitarian Universalism.  He joined the First Unitarian Society of Madison.  He and Cheryl DeDecker were married in that sanctuary.  Inspired by the warm, welcoming, engaging people at FUS ­Madison, Craig decided to pursue the call to ministry.  He attended and received his M­Div degree from Meadville­ Lombard Theological School in Chicago area.  Craig was a Ministerial Intern at the UU Society of Geneva, IL; a Student Minister at the Lake Country UU Church in Hartland, WI; and an Assistant Minister at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI.  Rev. Craig is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and serves the St. Lawrence District as a Ministerial Settlement Representative.  He is a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry Team and currently serves as President of their Board.  Locally, Rev. Craig serves on the Board of Family Planning of South Central New York and on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Hartwick College.Rev. Craig and Cheryl felt welcomed the first time they visited Oneonta and feel blessed to call this area and this community their home.  Rev. Craig is a collector of hats, a connoisseur of root beer, and a fan of super heroes.  He loves to play games and is an avid geocacher.  Rev. Craig believes the divine is found in our connections to one another and to the wider world.  One of his favorite spiritual practices is walking in the woods with his dog, Spirit.  (If you want to join them, just ask–-company is always welcome.)

Susan Ryder
Director of Religious Education
Susan Ryder has been a Director of Religious Education since 2002.  She was the Children’s Director of Religious Education until the fall of 2013 when she became the Director of both Children and Youth Programs.  She plans and implements Religious Education curricula, supervises and works with RE teachers, volunteers, and nursery staff, and nourishes the spiritual growth of our society’s youngest members and youth.  She brings 13 years of experience as an early childhood educator, an all-encompassing reverence for the interdependent web of life, and a passion for social justice to her work with the children and youth at UUSO.  She can be reached at dre@uuso.org or by leaving a message at the church office at (607) 432-3491.

Tim Horne

Tim Horne
Music Director

Tim Horne has been Music Director at UUSO since the fall of 1988. He is responsible for providing music for approximately 38 Sunday services per year, as well as special services. He is also the Choir Director, and in that role he rehearses and leads the choir in singing about twice a month. He often collaborates with other musicians, and works with the children and youth when they present their intergenerational services several times a year.

Evelyn Warren
Office Administrator

Evelyn Warren is responsible for communications, maintaining the website, and all the administrative needs of the church. You can reach her at uuso@uuso.org, reaching out on our Facebook page, or by calling the office during regular business hours.


Michael Frye-Hunt

Worship Musician
Michael has been a member of UUSO since 2010.  When he provides music for a Sunday service, he composes musical pieces specifically for the service topic.  He is accompanied on Sunday services by his wife Dorothy,  a vocalist and vocal music teacher at Franklin Central School.  In addition to playing piano and composing music, Michael is a private piano teacher in the area and an aspiring astrophysicist.  He lives with Dorothy, their daughter Lyra, and their two cats, Astro and Tesla, in Unadilla, NY.


David Ray
David Ray has served as UUSO custodian since 1995.  He is responsible for routine cleaning of both Chapin Memorial Chapel and Olympia Brown House, as well as some light maintenance tasks as directed by the UUSO Properties Committee.  Dave’s goal is to create and maintain a clean, orderly environment that enables spiritual experience to flourish.  His work schedule varies according to the UUSO calendar of events. 

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