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
Pastor
pastor@uniluphila.org
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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.

Vicar Dana Rademacher
Seminarian

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Dana Rademacher Hansen recently moved to Philadelphia to begin her studies at United Lutheran Seminary. While originally from Minneapolis, MN, she’s spent the last two years working at a Lutheran congregation in Lincoln, NE. There, she helped manage their digital communication and worked at a local free store & community center the church helped run. She also has background in working with Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities while a student.

She has a big passion for campus ministry and young adult faith development, prison ministry, criminal justice reform, and Christian community building with those on the margins. In her free time, she loves reading, finding a good cup of coffee, practicing yoga and playing board games with her spouse. They also have two cats named Rosie and Sebastian!

Dana’s excited to be walking with and serving Univesity Lutheran Church throughout this year and is eager to learn more about how we love God and love neighbor as the UniLu community!

Brian Schkepper
Director of Music
music-director@uniluphila.org

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Brian Schkeeper has served a variety of denominations including the ELCA and is Choir Director at Ocean City High School. He has taught in the public schools of Indiana and New Jersey and is proud to work with developing musicians as they hone their skills and understanding of music in the 21st century. In addition, Brian is excited to continue Philadelphia's proud choral heritage and tradition as Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Choral Collective after recently serving as Assistant Conductor with The Philadelphia Singers. Brian has prepared and taken preparative duties for performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra including: Janacek's Glagolitic Mass, Handel's Messiah, Lindberg's Graffiti, Faure's Requiem, Prokofiev's film score Alexander Nevsky, Zelda Live: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Gladiator Live. Brian also assisted with the preparationa and premiere recording of Randall Thompson's Requiem and the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's choral opera Radio Hour. 

Brian was the founder and conductor of The American Choral Scholars, a project-based professional choir that has sung regional premieres of Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt and Lassus' Lagrime di San Pietro as well as concerts of Handel's Messiah with The Bayshore Festival Orchestra. Brian has served as Associate Instructor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where he prepared opera and ballet choruses, taught choral conducting, and served on the conducting staff of the Indiana University Children's Choir. He has also taught at Monmouth University. 
 
Brian lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amanda, and two sons whose energy levels are a simultaneous and constant source of inspiration and exhaustion. 

Sarah Crake
Office Administrator
administrator@uniluphila.org

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Sarah hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but found home in Philly during her 2017 term of service with AmeriCorps and the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers. She joined the UniLu team in October of 2018. She also works as the Assistant Director of Out of School Time programming at St. Gabriel IMS.

Sarah holds a degree in Theatre from Albright College and studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute where she apprenticed in 2016. She practices at St. Gabe’s as the Director of their Drama Club.

Sarah is an avid practitioner of many forms of yoga and is currently pursuing certification with YogaChild. She lives in sunny West Philadelphia with a pair of house rabbits and her partner (Little Lottie, Archimedes, and Mohammad, respectively). She is vegan and fills her time with coffee, Sudoku, self-care books, and podcasts.

She strives for balance and equanimity in all she does. She would love to talk with you.

Jim Schneider
Congregational President
president@uniluphila.org

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Jim Schneider has been part of the University Lutheran community since December 2016, elected to Congregational Council in 2019 and is currently serving his first year as Congregational President. Jim is passionate about the energy and momentum of campus ministry, spiritual growth and diversity that is alive and well at University Lutheran. Additionally, he is an active member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, Forward Together in Faith Campaign.

Outside of church, he is a proud alumni of Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, earning a Master's of Business Administration, as well Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.

Jim works for American Express Global Business Travel, as a Global General Manager, responsible for key global customers around the world.

A patron and advocate for the arts, he serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA. His hobbies and interests include: musical theater, traveling, beach time, swimming, jogging, an occasional spin class, hosting and attending great dinners and parties, and laughing with his friends.

Married to Kevin Maurer, they live in Philadelphia, PA with their Golden Retriever, Zeus Schmaurer.

Michelle Eckert
Congregational Vice-President

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Michelle Eckert has been attending UniLu since 2007, when she moved to Philadelphia to perform two years of AmeriCorps service at YouthBuild Charter School in North Philly. She now works in communications at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was drawn to the congregation by its active campus ministry, its obvious love of music, and how quickly people welcomed and encouraged her to actively get involved. She now enjoys singing in the UniLu choir and designing the congregation's Paschal candle each year. In her free time she loves baking, hiking, biking, and traveling to national parks all over the country with her husband Ben. They met while attending Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, got married at UniLu in 2010, and are excited to welcome a baby in the spring of 2019.

James Stanton
Webmaster
james.stanton@uniluphila.org

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James is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia when he began studying at Drexel University. As a recent graduate, he his currently pursuing a career in highway 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.