Who We Are

Welcome to DUUF! We are a church that is about genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Denton since 1949, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We have been on the forefront of LGBTQ+ initiatives for decades. We hope that when you come here you will be part of our quest for spiritual growth, ethical action, truth-seeking, and improving the community and the world by our actions.

Professional Staff:

Rev. Donna Dolham, Minister

Donna holds a Masters of Divinity with a certificate in Ethics and Justice and a focus on inter-religious dialogue from Andover Newton Theological School and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Donna’s interests have engaged her in several immersion courses exploring Buddhism in Myanmar, Sufi practice in intentional communities in California, and Multi-religious education in Israel.

Since her early 20s, Donna has been involved in community organizing efforts to increase access to basic rights for people living on the margins.

Prior to attending seminary, Donna had a full time clinical social work practice in Coastal, Maine with a specialty working with Transgender and Gender Queer folks and their families.

Donna’s desire for infusing life with justice fuels her ministry and involvement in the development of opportunities for inter-religious education, dialogue and collaborative organizing. She currently shares her life with her wife, Katherine Perry and their two highly incorrigible cats.

To contact Rev. Donna, call 940-566-1286 ext. 12 or email.


Jennifer Collins, Office Administrator

Jennifer bring vast experience to her position as office administrator. In this position Jennifer is called to design and streamline office functioning, assist in financial tracking, respond to community inquiries, and engage in multiple layers of congregational structure. She keeps our administrative office running through the week and is the behind the scenes energy behind updating our Facebook page, website and newsletters.

Jennifer utilizes her skills in community organizing that she brings with her from her leadership and involvement in public school activism and local and district PTA. Before leaving full-time employment to focus on raising her two children, she had two professional careers, one in banking and one in organizational development, both of which provided experience which is invaluable in her current role.

Jennifer started with DUUF in November 2017. She enjoys the combination of technical expertise, collaboration, and creativity that her job entails. She is passionate about making a difference in the world and is thrilled to be able to support an organization that is committed to doing just that.

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9AM-2PM
To contact her call 940-566-1286 ext. 11 or email

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Burt, Lead Teacher

Carrie  is originally from Mineola, TX and is currently a middle school science teacher in Frisco ISD. She attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where she received an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in religion, and then received a Masters in Teaching. Carrie is an avid crafter, gamer, and technology lover. She and her husband Dave have two dogs and a cat, and enjoy cooking, game nights, camping, gardening, and working on fixing up their home. To contact Carrie call 940-566-1286 ext. 19 or email.


Kyndal DeBruin, Lead Teacher

Kyndal is originally from Grand Prairie TX, and moved to Denton to pursue her education. She is currently wrapping up her M.A. in Sociology at Texas Woman’s University and will begin her PhD in Sociology this fall. She and her husband Miles became members at DUUF in April 2017, and began working with the children’s programs shortly after. Kyndal has volunteered at Parent’s Night Out, Middle School Youth Group, and is also certified to teach the High School OWL program. She and her husband Miles love to spend time with their two dogs as well as cooking and working out together. To contact Kyndal call 940-566-1286 ext. 17 or email.


Jenn Rowe, Lead Teacher

Jenn attended the University of North Texas and is an elementary special education teacher at Providence Elementary in Denton ISD.   She just began her 18th year teaching. Jenn teaches 4th and 5th grade students in the Academic & Functional Skills class. She believes her mission in teaching is to develop connected relationships with students and their families.  Jenn is passionate about helping kids reach their full potential.
Jenn is a proud mom of three kids who were adopted through foster care.  Destiney is 18 years old and just started college.  Breon is 16 and he is a junior in high school.  Elli is 11 years old and in 6th grade.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, seeing movies, eating delicious food, dreaming about her next trip, and spending time with friends and family. To contact Jenn call 940-566-1286 ext. 18 or email.
Recently, Jenn was featured in Denton ISD’s Educator Spotlight. Watch the video here:

Whiteboard Wednesday

Whiteboard Wednesday only takes a couple of minutes but it's having a lifelong effect on some students at Providence Elementary.

Posted by Denton ISD on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 


Board of Trustees:

Nancy Gaige, President

Hal Gibbons, Treasurer

Adam Briggle, Past President

Tracey Gray, Vice President

Lauren Coker, Secretary

Brett Kellerstedt, Trustee

Charles Ways, Trustee

You can contact the Board of Trustees by email.