Our professional staff includes our minister, religious education director, music director, office administrator, and youth and childcare coordinators.


Charlie Dieterich

Rev. Charlie Dieterich is a life-long Unitarian Universalist.  He moved to Norfolk in 2015 to work as our Developmental Minister.  He uses the pronouns he, him and his.  He is a trained Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry.  He says, “On Sunday morning people come … Continued

Religious Education Director

Brian Brennan
Director of Religious Education

  Dr. Brian Brennan joined UCN in March of 2007 and became the DRE that June.Brian graduated from Swarthmore College in 1982 and received his Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton in 1994. He has held a variety of jobs in restaurants and bookstores, and has taught English and Writing in colleges and high schools. Since 1989 he … Continued

Youth Program Coordinator

Paul Greggs
Youth Coordinator

Paul Greggs is our newly appointed Youth Program Coordinator. He has over 30 years of experience working with youth, children and families. He has a BA in Human Service Counseling and loves the outdoors and outdoor programming activities (canoeing, kayaking, biking, climbing, fishing, boogie boarding, challenge courses). Paul has a strong compassion for getting the youth involved in social … Continued

Music Director

Matt Griset
Music Director

In 2015, Matthew Griset joined the UCN as its new Music Director. He is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Music Industry; Voice being his primary instrument. Dedicated to musical growth within the church’s community, Matthew plans service music, directs our community chorus, accompanies services, … Continued

Office Administrator

Susie Gullixson
Office Administrator

Susie Gullixson, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, is our office administrator. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in IT while working full-time as an executive administrator,  graduating Cum Laude in 2010. She maintains the church financial records, accounts payable, receivables and payroll, calendars and weekly newsletters and orders of service. Serving as the building use manager, she … Continued

Other Staff

Chanelle Gontarz
Communications Coordinator

Even though she is the newest addition to the staff of UCN, Chanelle has been a member of the congregation since 2008. Her volunteer work with UCN helped her realize her passion in life — connecting people to opportunities and places. So, when she followed her post-Navy path and went back to school, she pursued … Continued

Selene Sagaz
Child Care Coordinator

Selene ensures that we have child care during our Sunday morning program and for events that request child care.