Dyan Lawlor came to Upper Dublin Lutheran in November of 2003. She is a mid-westerner, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1984. UDLC is her fourth call, having served over the past 25 years churches in Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and in Madison, WI. She has a passion for creatively communicating the gospel, through the arts, social media, drama, music, and film. Her love of youth, and inspiring their leadership, faith and ‘hands-on” involvement in justice and peace projects is evident . Dyan loves teaching, anything that builds relationships expanding our experience of the gospel in other cultures. She has helped begin our growing partnership with Cathedral Church in Tanzania, (since 2005) and travels there every few years bringing along UDLC members.
Keith Anderson, came to Upper Dublin Lutheran in August of 2012. He earned his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and his S.T.M in Lutheran Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 2002. Prior to arriving at Upper Dublin, Keith pastored the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, MA for nine years. Keith is the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015) and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save Reboot: The Digital Ministry Bible (Church Publishing 2018). Keith employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline. He speaks regularly with local and national church groups, synods, and other organizations on the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry. He is married to Jennifer, also an HDS graduate. They have four children and a golden retreiver named Charlie.
Theresa joined the staff at Upper Dublin in 2003, first as a Teacher's Assistant in the Nursery School, and then as our office assistant. In 2011 she became our full-time Office Administrator. Theresa has over 15 years experience in teaching Nursery School and 33 years of office experience. She grew up in Roslyn, graduating from Bishop McDevitt High School and studied at Montgomery County Community College.
Livvy has been blessed to share the story of God’s love and grace with children since first teaching Sunday School at the age of 13. At the age of 5, Livvy rode her bike around the corner to a Lutheran church telling her Mom she wanted to go inside to meet Jesus – “let the children come”! Having been educated in a Lutheran Elementary school, raised by a faithful family, and a graduate of the Dianonia Ministry of the ELCA, Livvy has experienced and understood life as a journey with a loving, gracious, forgiving, ever present God, whose story she feels called to share. Livvy was educated as a Professional Intensive Cardiac Care Nurse and called to serve as a faithful servant of Christ. She has served as Christian Education Director for Childrenand Youth for 35 years.
Dottie has served on staff as Director of Adult Education and Small Group Ministry since 2006. Her educational background includes Master degrees in the Humanities, Psychology and American History. This education was applied for 35 years in the public school system while teaching in the high school classroom and then as an Administrator. As a woman of faith she strongly believes in the need for us to be connected to God and to one another.
Ray Hopkins has served at the Part Time Youth Director at UDLC since August 2004. His basic ministry goal is to give teens a comfortable and safe place to explore their faith, be themselves, and to make connections with others. Ray works with youth of all ages at UDLC through the Sr. High and Tween Programs, Catechetic Classes, and in Sr. High Sunday School. Outside of UDLC, Ray works full time as a Financial Analyst for a Company in Wayne, PA and spends as much time as his schedule allows with his wife Deena and their Chocolate Lab Bailey.
Patty joined UDLC in September 2013. She has over 25 years experience in office administration. Patty grew up in Philadelphia where she graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Kutztown University. She has lived in Upper Dublin for over 20 years. Patty is married to Bill and they have a daughter, Krista and a golden retriever, Dutchess.
Linda has been working as Treasurer of UDLC since March of 2012 and she has been a member of UDLC since 2000. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Accounting. Outside of UDLC, Linda works as the accountant for D.J. Pinciotti Construction in Ivyland, PA. She has two kids, both in college.
Tadashi (Tad, aka Lily’s Dad) Matsuura holds a B.A. in Music Industry and performance in Trombone from Syracuse University (2003). He has been a member of UDLC since October, 2012. At UDLC, Tad is on the Tech Team and has taken part in property committee. Outside of UDLC Tad has worked with such groups as Philadelphia Orchestra, Phily Pops, Chris and David Brubeck, and George Crumb creating numerous recordings. Amongst the numerous recordings he has done, two have received Grammy Nominations. He has also done digitization of analog materials from institutions such as the Library of Congress, Archives of Canada, Leonard Feather collection, Temple University, and Curtis Institute of Music. He and his wife Jennifer have two children and two cats.
Jo-Lyn joined the staff in January 2015 as Volunteer Coordinator; she has been a member of UDLC since 2001. Her educational background includes a Diploma in Nursing and B.B.A. in Finance; she has worked at Abington Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Jo-Lyn lives in Horsham with her husband Ed, two children and one dog.
Kathleen Vega has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and has rich experience in a Christian Nursery School setting as a parent, Lead Teacher, and Assistant to the Director. She has been trained in and has implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support), an important foundation of our Nursery School program. She has taught preschool children of all ages, has extensive experience working with special needs children both in a Nursery School setting. Kathleen is a woman of faith who is quite involved in her church, St. Albert the Great. She loves teaching children about Jesus and has experience planning and leading Chapel in a preschool setting. Kathleen is from the Philadelphia area and lives with her husband and 3 children.
Our music director, Carol Evans, has served as Assistant Professor of Music at Gwynedd Mercy University and Choral Director of the Voices of Gwynedd for the past 25 years. Under Carol’s direction the Voices of Gwynedd (VOG) has become the unofficial national and international ambassador for Gwynedd Mercy University. Professor Evans manages to assemble a group of ninety to one hundred singers each year to train them to a level of accomplishment that is truly remarkable evoking invitations for the VOG to participate in high profile performances with international recording artists, professional sports organizations, pop and classical artists. These performances include: Barry Manilow, Linda Eder, Judy Collins, multiple national anthem performances for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and Flyers, the North Penn Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Verdi Requiem, and with John Rutter conducting the magnificent Requiem by Mozart on the stage of Carnegie Hall. In addition, Ms. Evans has led performance tours nationally and throughout the world. Ms. Evans earned a Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Dedicated to education, Gwynedd Mercy University recently awarded Ms. Evans the Mary F. & Christian R. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Gwynedd Mercy University Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. She is married to professional flutist and composer, Leslie Burrs, and they are extremely proud of their daughter, Aryssa Leigh Burrs, an award winning mezzo soprano.