Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Under Policy Governance the elected, representative board of trustees will be charged with the following:

  • Working with the congregation to articulate the outcomes that the church wants to achieve
  • Setting and maintaining broad policies that limit the staff to practices that are legal, prudent, and ethical
  • Monitoring adherence to those policies

The board will be more focused on the future of the church, looking for creative ways to further the goals and ideals of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City and the wider community. Elections for the seven board positions are held in the annual meeting after nominations from the Nominating Committee.


2024-25 Board of Trustees
Jessica Briefer French, Board President
Dot Verbrugge, Vice President
Kim Grob, Secretary
Susan Barnum
Ruen-chuan Ma
Linda Smith
Katie Swade
Board Meeting Minutes
Governance Policies (PDF format)
DEI Policy 8/28/2023 (PDF format)
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Governance Overview
The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City has adopted a policy governance model of leadership. Under this structure, a Board of Trustees is elected by the congregation at our annual Congregational Meeting. The Board has primary responsibility for planning, leadership, and board oversight of the church. The Senior Minister - as head of Church Staff - assumes the ongoing executive and administrative functions. The Governing Policies of First Unitarian Church detail the duties of both the Board and Senior Minister. Consistent with the division of leadership domains, the Board is obligated by policy to develop an annual work plan which establishes and prioritizes church objectives; and the Senior Minister is required to develop a Strategic Plan by which those objectives might be met.
First Unitarian Church Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan clearly articulates our priorities for the year, the actions we will take to promote those priorities, and measures by which we can determine when we have been successful. The assignment of responsibility for action items allows for shared ownership among Board and staff. The Plan is subject to review by the Board and revision by the Senior Minister annually. Thus, the Strategic Plan serves as the working policy document for First Unitarian Church.
First Unitarian Church Governing Policies
The Governing Policies were adopted 2/27/23 as part of First Church’s transition to a policy governance model of leadership. The policy document consists of four sections: (1) The Ends or goals that the Board will pursue,
(2) Senior Minister Administrative Responsibilities, (3) Board Responsibilities and Limitations, (4) Board-Staff Relationship. The Governing Policies serve to formalize the policy governance structure, detail the administrative functions of the Senior Minister, define the responsibilities and job descriptions for the Board, and clarify the role distinctions between the Board and staff under the strategic leadership structure.
The Governing Policies provide a valuable reference for orienting staff to best practice and legally binding requirements and procedures, and for orienting board members to their obligations to the congregation. The Governing Policies provide the framework for the content of the Strategic Plan component of church policies and procedures.