I am proud of being a UU since February of 1962 at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI. After living in the Milwaukee area all my life, in early December of 2019 I moved to a home next to my youngest daughter, Jill, in Kalamazoo. I love the outdoors, art and architecture, and classical music. I taught elementary grades for a few years, had two daughters and eventually worked in the field of social work and as a therapist with adolescents. I am enjoying Kalamazoo and People’s Church.
Beth and Monty Kozbial Ernst are educators at Western Michigan University, Beth teaching business communications in the Haworth College of Business, and Monty teaching film interpretation and literature in the Lee Honors College. Their son Theodore (Teddy) loves creating with LEGOS, is on a LEGOS Robotics competition team, and is enjoying learning Taekwondo from Grand Master M’Hammed.
“Thank you all for welcoming me so long before I got around to becoming a member. I am looking forward to contributing more to the community than “just” my voice through more volunteering and participating in community life.”
I went to People’s Church as a kid, left for a while, and am glad to be back! I’m a baker, a homesteader, and have one son (Sai). I use they/them pronouns.
Brianna Wurtsmith moved to Kalamazoo last year from Southeastern Michigan with her amazing husband, Dave. She loves trying new things, and consequently has a lot of interests and hobbies. She’s looking forward to getting more involved with the community at People’s Church.
Dave Wurtsmith is a passionate nerd who’s looking forward to meeting everyone here at People’s Church. He loves reading, creative writing, and role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. When he’s not busy working as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Dave enjoys biking and hopes to bike all the way to South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail next year.
Martin Sauter: I am a recent transplant from southeast Michigan where I ran a small family business for many years. Currently I reside in Paw Paw and keep occupied with family time, traveling and reading. I try to stay active with the same social issues that I embraced from my youth.
Sharon Sauter: I spent most of my life as an educator on the other side of the state. I returned to the Kalamazoo area 3 years ago to be closer to my children, grandchildren and parents. I am active with Reiki, meditation, volunteering and am involved with an introspective social justice book club. I also enjoy gardening, walking and hanging with my grandkids.
I’m close to finishing a book I’m writing about the year I spent traveling around the country in an RV. And I like to snowshoe through the woods — and I like to camp in the woods – but only in the summertime!
George and Mary moved to Portage in November of 2021 from Los Alamos New Mexico with our adult son, Geordy. Before kids, Mary was an editor and George was a health and safety engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. We also have a son who lives in Austin, TX. We have been UUs since 2001.