Church Leadership

Take some time to meet our staff and get to know those who make UniLu the great community it is.

Our Staff

The Reverend Fritz E. Fowler
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Fritz came to University Lutheran in February of 2015. He earned his M.Div. from Gettysburg Seminary in 2014 and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a Pastoral Ministry Major from Kingswood University, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada in 2010. Prior to arriving at UniLu, Fritz served in Portland, Oregon as a vicar. 

Fritz’s gifts include teaching, evangelism, small group development, preaching, and hospitality. He is also active as a board member for Survivors Inc. In his spare time, Fritz enjoys travelling, playing with his dog, Tip, reading, playing soccer, swimming, jogging, and laughing with his family and friends.

On Holy Trinity Sunday, the congregation voted to call Fritz as our permanent pastor.  He was Ordained on 9 August, 2015 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia, PA.  Fritz was installed as the Pastor at University Lutheran on 1 November, 2015.

Director of Music

Michael Furfari
Office Manager


For Michael, there is no such thing as a "quick trip" to the supermarket. Try as he might, he can't spend less than an hour there. He pushes the cart up and down every aisle, considering all the options, taking in the smells, chatting with strangers, and inevitably circling back to the produce section because the ice-cream to vegetable ratio was out of balance again. He approaches his work with that same sense of excitement and wonder, but also with the same attention to detail.

His background is in banking, having started as a part-time banker in 2007, working his way into management. In the summer of 2016, he left his career behind to seek his true calling: helping people get connected to God. In addition to being our Office Manager, Michael is the administrator at another local church. He jokes that he has the same boss, just different supervisors.

Michael leads the Emmaus, a community of LGBTQ Christians in Philadelphia. He and his partner live in Center City with their two cats, Sye and Dumpling. His favorite flavor of ice-cream is mint cookies 'n cream; his favorite vegetable is artichoke.

Drew Kmetz
Congregational President

Drew attended University Lutheran starting in 2002, while a freshman at Drexel University, and remained involved after earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree.  He was elected to Congregational Council in 2015 and reports for the Property and Capital Campaign Committees. 2017 is his first year serving as Congregational President and he hopes to continue the momentum of ministry growth at University Lutheran. 

Outside of church, Drew is a registered Architect and practices at the Philadelphia architecture and design firm Varenhorst, PC.  Drew also enjoys regular participation in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons—over a dozen within the past two years—and hopes to complete a Half-Ironman in the near future.  

Alyssa Norbury
Student Ambassador

Alyssa Norbury is a third year student at Drexel University studying Mechanical Engineering. She aspires to one day be an Imagineer with the Walt Disney Company designing new attractions in their world-renowned theme parks.

Alyssa enjoys helping others and frequently volunteers at Broad Street Ministry in Center City. While Alyssa isn't studying, organizing events for Drexel Students for Christ, or volunteering, she enjoys listening to music and playing guitar.

James Stanton

James is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia when he began studying at Drexel University. He is currently an undergraduate studying civil engineering. 

James came to University Lutheran in January 2013 looking for a place to worship while at school. In the summer of 2013 he took the chair of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team and helps plan and organize the Campus Ministry program at UniLu. He is also the webmaster for the church's website along with aiding in the electronic communications and design of various publications of the congregation.