Our Minister & Staff

Rev. Jennifer Gray


Dear UUFD,

I offer you joy-filled greetings. I’m very excited to be your interim minister. Before accepting this position, I learned as much as possible about you. I spoke to your search committee and board and explored your website. You are doing important, transformative work with each other and in the community. I’m delighted to be joining you on the journey.

Beth Schewe

Office Manager

I’m a freelance writer and editor, as well as a mother and office manager.  I’ve been a UU for almost 15 years now and have been a member of three different UU churches.  I started attending UUFD in 2011, when I moved to DeKalb after finishing my PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin.  I’ve also taught in English, Women’s Studies, and LGBT Studies at NIU.  A proud member of Bread and Roses DeKalb area women’s choir, I love to sing.  I also love yoga, reading, knitting, and exercise, including chasing my 4- and 2-year olds.

Ashley Ford

Religious Education Administrator

After receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Florida, Ashley tolerated a series of administrative jobs for several years before abandoning cubicle farms to try stay-at-home parenting.  She home schools her children, knits, makes soap, plays the mountain dulcimer, and volunteers more than she ever expected to.  Her family moved to the DeKalb area in 2012 and delights in the community.

Bonnie Anderson

Music Director



Liz Hyink

Church Custodian




Megan King

Childcare Provider




Sarah Thompson

Childcare Provider




Rev. Linda Slabon

Minister Emerita

On July 16, 2017, Rev. Linda Slabon retired after 26 years as minister at UUFD. On that same day, the congregation bestowed upon Rev. Linda the title of "Minister Emerita," in honor of her many years of faithful service to our congregation. We are grateful for Rev. Linda, and to her spouse Toni Tollerud, who served for 26 years as our music director, for their leadership and dedication over these many years.

Toni Tollerud

Founding Music Director (Retired)

The choir and congregation are so grateful to Toni Tollerud for founding UUFD's choir and music program and leading it with such care for so many years. In the words of current music director Bonnie Anderson: "Toni built something extraordinary for this congregation, and I will do my best to continue that tradition."