The Rev. Kelly J. Crocker has been the Minister of Religious Education at First Unitarian Society since July 2001. She was raised in Scranton, PA and after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at East Stroudsburg University, she attended seminary at Louisville Theological Seminary in Kentucky. It was during her time in Louisville that Kelly was introduced to Unitarian Universalism, and subsequently, her call to serve our faith.
Upon graduating from seminary, Kelly completed a two-year internship as Minister of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. During this time she realized her passion in ministry to be one of connecting people from across the generations into fellowship, spiritual growth, and active service in our community.
Kelly was thrilled with the possibility of a ministry with First Unitarian Society. She saw in this congregation a kindred commitment to education as a lifelong process for us all and was excited to become a part of its vibrant religious education program. Over the years she has seen this commitment grow and thrive as our programs for children, youth and adults flourish. At FUS, Kelly’s responsibilities include overseeing our lifespan religious education program, working with the Ethical Eating program, advising the Partner Church Council, leading worship, officiating at rites of passage and offering pastoral care.
Kelly is married to Dan Raysbrook and together they have two amazing sons, Sam and Owen. Her passions include knitting, gardening, reading good mysteries and spending time with her favorite little guys playing with dirt, trucks, mud piles and worms.
The Reverend Roger Bertschausen began his work with us as the Interim Minister in August 2020. Prior to his arrival at FUS, Roger served as the Senior Minister at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, WI for twenty-five years. Most recently, Roger served as the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council in St. Louis, MO. He also serves as a governance consultant for congregations across the country. Roger is married to the Reverend Amy Bertschausen (clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)), and they have two children and one grandchild. Roger enjoys traveling, hiking, and co-owns an NFL team.
Michael A. Schuler was called as Parish Minister to First Unitarian Society in the spring of 1988 and served the parish with distinction for 30 years. During that time the Society raised funds for and constructed the award-winning Atrium Addition and embarked on several ambitious restorations of the Frank Lloyd Wright Meeting House. FUS also gained distinction in the Unitarian Universalist Association as a “Breakthrough Congregation” and as winner of the Eugene Pickett Award for congregational growth.
Dr. Schuler earned an undergraduate degree in political science and holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. degree in the Humanities from Florida State University. He previously served congregations in Iowa and Upstate New York. Schuler has written numerous essays and articles for publication and in 2009 Berrett-Kohler published his book Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living.
Trina, his wife of 45 years, and he enjoy travel, good movies and communal life in the Village of Shorewood Hills where they continue to reside. He practices Ta’i Chi, yoga, and has been a distance runner for over forty years. Michael and Trina have an adult son, Kyle, who works as a curriculum designer and trainer for JAMF, a software company based in the Twin Cities. He is also an accomplished artist with a BFA in Illustration and an MA in Education.