Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Larry Hutchison
Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1965, Larry has always been active in community organizing and social justice issues. From the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's to more recent issues, Larry shows up, supports and often organizes for the marginalized. After becoming a UU minister in 1981, Larry served in several communities including Detroit and Indianapolis. A lifelong learner, Larry has a passion for reading and spending time in bookstores. He and Nancy, his wife of 34 years, are excited to be back in Decatur where he was minister from 2011 to 2014. They look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. So, give him a call at 352-949-1601 or drop by during office hours.
Lisa Coates and her family recently relocated from Pike Creek, Delaware.
Lisa was very active in her local UU congregation, in which she began her journey as a religious education leader. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Lisa graduated from Webster University with a master’s degree in teaching early childhood education.
As a wife of Chris and mother of two daughters, Carly, 6, and Caden, 3, and a baby due in October, Lisa is very involved in educational and family services in our community. She is a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, 4H of Blue Mound and Special Blessings of Decatur.
Along with leading the Religious Education program for UUFD, Lisa also teaches parent, child classes for a local preschool.
Lisa is very eager to work alongside the families of UUFD. Her plans include activities focusing on creative arts, family involvement and community outreach.
Michael Duling originally hails from the UU congregation in Urbana, Illinois, but is now proud to call Decatur home. A freshman theatre student at Millikin, Michael has extensive experience with the piano, voice, and the occasional saxophone. As a possible side-effect of being raised by a librarian and an OWL instructor, Michael also greatly enjoys intersectional literature and revolutionary love-based activism.