Our Minister

Rev. David Herndon

Senior Minister
412-621-8008 ext 102

Reverend David Herndon has had a long and successful career serving First Unitarian Church as Senior Minister since 1990. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, he earned his undergraduate degree in physics from the College of William and Mary. He received his M.A. degree from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 2001, he received a Master of Public Management degree from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Here are just a few of the many creative projects that Rev. Herndon has collaboratively initiated during his ministry with First Unitarian Church:

Gathering of Men (1990)

Black Concerns Working Group, later called the Anti-Racism Committee (1990)

Parish Visitors, later called the Pastoral Care Team (1991)

Adult Faith Development Program (1991)

Folk Orchestra (1994)

Unitarian Universalist Folk Festival (1994)

Internships for Student Ministers (1996)

Covenant Groups (2000)

Congregational Membership with the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) (2000)

Historic Urban Church Grant of $200,000 which covered the cost of refinishing the Sanctuary ceiling, cleaning the Sanctuary stained glass windows, installing a new Sanctuary lighting system, installing a new Sanctuary sound system, and refinishing the Sanctuary floor (2001)

Family Choir (2002)

Campus Ministry Program (2002)

MozartFest (2006)

Congregational Acceptance into the Diversity of Ministry Program (2007)

Executive Policy Manual when the church adopted policy-based governance (2008)

Behavioral Covenant (2011)

Right Relations Policy (2012)

Multicultural Transition Team (2013)

Covenant Group Discussion Guides which match our four-year cycle of monthly spiritual themes (2013)

Young Adult Spoken Word Choir (2014)

Rev. Herndon has served as President, Vice-President, and Good Offices Person for the Ohio-Meadville District Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Collegiality of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; as co-author of the Good Officers Handbook of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; and as co-convener of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association of Greater Pittsburgh.  In 2001, he received an award for submitting the best sermon on social justice in a sermon contest organized by the Commission on Social Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  In 2002 and 2003, Rev. Herndon served as a lead trainer for EAGLES, the week-long lay leadership training school organized by the St. Lawrence District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  He has served on the national Board of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) as well as the state Board of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN).  Rev. Herndon has presented numerous workshops at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute, and he has attended three annual conferences of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.  During Rev. Herndon's ministry, five members of the congregation have experienced a call to ministry, subsequently attending theological school, becoming ordained, and serving in parish or community ministries; and Rev. Herndon has served as supervisor for seven student ministers who completed their internships or field work at First Unitarian Church.  In 2010, on the occasion of Rev. Herndon's twentieth anniversary with First Unitarian Church, the congregation raised more than $5,000 in his honor to cover the cost of a residential room in the newly-built Community House of East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM).



Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-8008     Map and directions
Worship Services
10:30 AM
Office Hours
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - Friday
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