Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Dr. David Messner, Interim Senior Minister
Rev. David H. Messner is the interim senior minister of the Main Line Unitarian Church. Previously he served as interim minister at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, the Mother Church of Southern Unitarianism, He was settled minister for seven years at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, which he accompanied in their growth into a mid-sized church with an outsized public voice for unity and justice. He trained at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.
He’s a born and bred Unitarian, a devout humanist with an abiding faith in God, and a believer in resurgent possibility–especially when all seems lost. He knows that church done right can become indispensable to a life well-lived. His ministry is rooted in preaching, teaching, writing, and coaching toward collective liberation and individual fulfillment.
He earned his Ph.D. in Religion (Ethics & Society) from Emory University, a Master’s in Divinity from the University of Chicago with an emphasis on theology and ethics, his MBA from Yale University with concentrations in strategy and organizational behavior, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Reed College with a specialization in decision making under risky conditions. His scholarly interests include the way institutions, their structures, and their practices can be conducive to better moral choices and action.
His professional life began in management consulting with a focus on organizational effectiveness and strategies for growing businesses to reach new customers. Then for more than a decade, he was a leader in international pharmaceutical businesses (Eisai, Pfizer, and Bausch & Lomb) and was in charge of teams responsible for strategy development, partnership development, and transaction execution. His most recent industry role was as Vice President of Business Development at B&L building their international pharmaceuticals business.
He was born in Washington D.C. and now lives in Devon, PA with his wife of 25+ years. They have two wonderful young adult children and a Blue Heeler pup that just won’t quit. In his free time, he grows hot peppers, grills meat, and photographs wild places.
610-688-8332, ext. 112
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Dawn-Star Sarahs-Borchelt, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt became the Director of Lifespan Faith Development at Main Line Unitarian Church in July, 2017.
Dawn Star is a third generation Unitarian Universalist, born and raised at the UU Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia. She was a leader in YRUU at the local and district levels as a teenager and participated in campus ministry and young adult programming before teaching religious education classes and becoming a professional religious educator in 1998. Since that time she has worked with five other UU congregations as religious educator, youth ministry coordinator, and summer religious educator. She has a BA in Philosophy and the History of Science with a minor in Religion from St. John’s College Annapolis, and is a Master Level Credentialed Religious Educator through the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Dawn Star lives with her husband, their four children, and various pets in Bala Cynwyd. She is also a homeschooling mom and a Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula (Birthing From Within). She is passionate about creating transformative experiences in worship and life, and bringing non-anxious presence to building community and seeking justice.
Dr. Vincent Craig, Music Director
Dr. Vincent Craig
610-688-8332, ext. 122
Rich Fritzson, Executive Director
610-688-8332, ext. 115
Jessica Hirsch Lynn, Membership Coordinator
Jessica Hirsch Lynn
610-688-8332, ext. 126
Anne Baer Clark, Parish Nurse
Anne Baer Clark
610-688-8332, ext. 116
Mary Heil, Administrative Assistant
610-688-8332, ext. 110
Bill Mullen, Accountant
610-688-8332, ext. 117
Ron D’Annunzio, Facilities Coordinator
610-688-8332, ext. 120
Tom Brady, Facilities Associate
610-688-8332, ext. 120