Our Ministers

The Reverend Doctor Doug E. Wadkins, Interim Senior Minister

The Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Wadkins is delighted to currently serve as the interim Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Madison. For nearly 30 years, Doug has been grateful to have meaningfully served in chaplaincy, settled parish and interim ministry. Previously, Doug served the First Unitarian and Universalist Society in Cleveland, OH, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, and the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.  He also served as the settled Senior Minister for the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Bellingham, Washington for thirteen years and minister for the Unitarian and Universalist Society of Mukwonago, WI for 6 years.  Doug has also ministered with congregations in North Carolina, Florida, and Oregon, as well as working as a campus minister and a hospice chaplain.

Interim ministry has been especially gratifying to Doug because it emphasizes exploring the essential components of a congregation’s community and sense of purpose. It is a time of trying new things and discovering new facets of congregational life that is very fulfilling and energizing.  Over and over again, congregations, as they complete interim ministry with Rev. Doug have commented on the time being so much more meaningful and compelling than they had imagined.

When not at church, Doug loves exploring his new turf, hiking, and biking.  He enjoys learning new skills and trying new foods in the kitchen, and appreciates an inspired restaurant experience (perhaps too much). He loves to read, although much of his reading is for church, and loves film. Finally, he has eclectic tastes in music and enthusiastically explores new music in many genres.

The Reverend Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life

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 Michael A. Schuler, Minister Emeritus

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Schuler was called as Parish Minister to First Unitarian Society in the spring of 1988 and served the parish for 30 years. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science and holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. degree in the humanities.  Michael previously served congregations in Iowa and Upstate New York. He 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.

With his wife of 43 years, Trina, Michael enjoys hiking, biking, travel and museums. 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 trainer for a software company and is also an artist.  They share their home with a 16-year-old Papillion “therapy” dog, Sasha.