Our Minister

Rev. Lori Kyle
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Rev. Lori Kyle joined the staff of First Unitarian Church on August 1, 2019.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Rev. Lori previously served as a community minister in Toronto, Ontario, providing training and employment for Canadian immigrants through a painting business. Having returned to congregational ministry at First U, she also contributes to the our current social action efforts, including challenges related to racism, poverty and homelessness.

Lori has two graduate degrees:  an M.A. in Social Work from the University of Kansas, and an M.Div. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in 2014.  She was ordained at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in June 2015, and from 2014-2016 was the minister at the UU Congregation of Durham (a suburb of Toronto).  Her first career—as a clinical social worker in the area of mental health—made use of many of the same “people skills” she uses every day as a minister.

Coordinator of Religious Exploration

Loren Crawford
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Loren was faith education coordinator for Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ in Chicago until she moved back to Louisville, her hometown, in 2010. She is a writer, an arts educator, a Kundalini yoga instructor, a sometime filmmaker, and a full-time mother to Jessamine, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy.

Former chair of the drama department of Sacred Heart School for the Arts, Loren is very happily teaching drama at Walden School on Westport Road. Her special focus is creating original performance work with young people. She holds a B.S. in Theater Arts from Northwestern University and has completed all coursework for a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, also at Northwestern.

Choir Director

Ethan McCollum 
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Ethan is a classical pianist and choral conductor from Berea, Kentucky. He regularly accompanies instrumentalists, singers, and choirs throughout the Kentuckiana area. He also plays in large ensembles, in pits, performs solo and chamber music, and accompanies ballet classes at the Louisville Ballet School. He received both his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Louisville. Ethan has played piano at First Unitarian since the summer of 2013, and became the choir director in 2016.

Office Administrator

Barbara Creasy
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Barbara retired after teaching middle school for 25 years, followed by a year as a middle school librarian. In her free time, Barbara enjoys doing things with and for her eight grandchildren.