2018 UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Board Candidates
Delegates at the 2018 Business Meeting during the 2018 Annual Assembly of the Unitarian Universalists of Greater Pittsburgh will vote on this slate of board candidates, all for 2-year terms:
Rev. John Ballance - John has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills for 36 years. As a youth in rural North Carolina, he attended Southern Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist churches, but reading Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays in college led him to abandon Christianity. John pursued a career in metallurgical engineering and later went on to edit a professional journal in this field before directing an organization for materials scientists and engineers. He retired from that work in 2008 and decided to pursue UU ministry in light of his broad life experience. John earned his Master of Divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard in 2016, was ordained this past September, and is searching for a settled ministry position. He is married to Carol Ballance, and they have three daughters
Beth Houseknecht - Beth became a Unitarian Universalist as a teenager and joined the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown in the 1980's. She has four children who were raised as UUs, has attended Summer Institute more than 20 times, and looks forward to taking her grandchildren! Beth served on the former Ohio-Meadville District Board, is a current board member at UUFM, and is active in the Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association.
John Luff - John has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 40 years, and has been active with the UU Church of the South Hills and Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, where he currently serves as Treasurer. His board service at UUCSH included being President for one term. John and his wife, Betty Luff, have visited many UU churches across the country and overseas, including Johannesburg, South Africa. John is a retired media executive and has served on numerous non-profit boards.
Rebecca Studer - Rebecca joined First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in 1999 and has been involved with various social justice activities, covenant groups, and the Women's Alliance as well as the Habitat for Humanity and Green Sanctuary teams. She is a former First Unitarian board member and currently serves on the Governance Task Force, Nominating Committee, and other initiatives. She escapes to the country whenever possible with her husband, Jim Studer.