Minister Search

We are excited to be able to present the candidate for ministry at UUCSS: Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt.

Most recently she has spent the past 4 years as Co-Minister at the UU Church of Berkeley in California. She has also served as minister in Massachusetts and Texas.

Candidating Week is scheduled for 26 April to 3 May. That week there will be multiple opportunities to schedule time to interact with Rev. Schmidt via Zoom. Information on how to sign up for the Zoom meetings will be emailed to the congregation later in the week following the April 19 service.

We look forward to the congregation getting a chance to know Rev. Schmidt.

Yours in search,

Katie Kirk Haag, Steve Hirsch, Jeremy Holt, Anna Molpus, Beverly Schnetzler, Lisa Schumaker, and Sharon Snyder

The minister search committee for 2019-2020 has begun its work. Updates about the committee’s work will be posted here. You can contact the committee at

The Congregational Record for the 2019-2020.

The members of the 2019-2020 minister search committee (pictured below) are Beverly Schnetzler, Charles Jeremy Holt, Anna Molpus, Steven Hirsch, Katie Haag, Sharon Snyder and Lisa Schumaker.

Search Committee 2019-20

Search Committee Members

Katie Kirk Haag has lived in Silver Spring for 6 years. Originally from Minnesota, she spent a decade in Austin, TX and then more than a decade abroad including time in Paris, Qatar, Berlin and Malta. She is the mother of 3 older teens, works fulltime at Montgomery College and loves the spiritual diversity of UUCSS.

Steve Hirsch is mostly from Chapel Hill, NC. He has traveled a lot including for his job. He has been a member of UUCSS since the early 2000s when he and his wife joined, mostly so their 2 children would have some religious education.

Charles “Jeremy” Holt was born in Long Island, NY and moved to the DC area for college in 2001. He was raised in a Conservative Jewish synagogue. He and his wife Ashley met in college and decided to stay in the area. After the birth of the first of two daughters they moved out of the city and joined UUCSS. Jeremy has helped run the church’s annual Passover Seder and along with his wife and another member ran one year’s annual budget drive.

Anna Molpus grew up attending Protestant services with her father, and UU religious education classes with her mother. She began attending UUCSS in the 7th grade and met the man she would eventually marry in the YRUU youth group. She has been active in many UUCSS groups and activities and wants to raise her two sons with UU values. 

Beverly Schnetzler grew up in Alabama as a Southern Baptist. She’s lived in Germany and Japan, moved to Maryland in 1965. Because of social action programs she wanted to raise her 3 sons as UUs and joined UUCSS in 1969. She has been a member of the Board and held other leadership positions over a period of 50 years.

Lisa Schumaker was raised nominally Catholic in Boise, Idaho, and came to the DC area in 1985 to attend college. She joined a feminist chorus which led her to discover UUCSS after performing here for a service in 1999. She has taught RE from 2nd graders to YRUU and has been active in Social Justice campaigns and service projects. She was Treasurer for 10 years, and most recently served on the Board.

Sharon Snyder was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic schools through the sixth grade.  She came to Unitarianism later in life and has been a UUCSS member for approximately 25 years.  In that time, she has established close friendships, as well as finding a place to explore her spirituality. She has been an active member, having volunteered in the past to organize the women’s retreat and the yearly UUCSS auction.  Since retiring she has also joined the choir and been a member of the Board of Trustees, as the Vice President of Personnel.  Sharon is excited to share the responsibility of the Search Committee with committed and collegial congregants. 

As always, please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns at