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
Matthew believes that music has the power to make us more aware of our present everyday experience of life - the beauty of everyday things and events, and the inspiration we can derive from these to become better and more whole people. An essential element of his work is with Choral Arts Philadelphia. There he helps break down the social and economic barriers to broader enjoyment and experience of music - to bring the realization that music transcends all boundaries and nourishes our fundamental hunger for living life to its fullest.
His passion for this personal mission was forged through his work from a very young age as a conductor, composer, church musician, and educator. He was raised in Germany, where he studied the organ at Bremen Cathedral with Wolfgang Baumgratz and there became immersed in the rich tradition of German sacred music. He later entered The Curtis Institute of Music as a student of John Weaver and Ford Lallerstedt, continuing on to graduate studies with McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music.
Matthew’s work as a musician has afforded him artistic appointments and performing opportunities at a wide range of places—indeed the place of music and the holistic experience of sound in place have been central to his vision for Choral Arts Philadelphia. He has served as director of music for numerous Philadelphia churches, including historic Old St. Joseph's, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church.
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 Philadelphia Gay Christian Network, a group of LGBTQ people that explore faith in Jesus together. He and his partner live in West Philadelphia with their Siamese cat. His favorite flavor of ice-cream is mint cookies 'n cream; his favorite vegetable is artichoke.
Bruce has been a member at University Lutheran since his freshman year at college in 1976. He previously has been President of UniLu and also has served on various committees, including two Call Committees. Bruce is a former member of the Synod Council of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and has provided legal representation and advice to the Synod and some of its congregations.
Bruce earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and is a partner in a small Philadelphia-based law firm, working primarily in Delaware. He and his wife, Sharon, live in University City.
Campus Ministry Intern
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.