Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as the Regional Consultant for Leadership Development since September of 2010. She is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on various aspects of congregational leadership and development. She works closely with Threshold Congregations and with those doing leadership development at the district and cluster levels. She is a Dean of the Unitarian Universalist Leadership Team Institute (UULTI) and plans other in-person trainings at the district and regional level. She also serves as the chair of the Ohio Meadville District Commissioned Lay Leader Committee and the Program Development Group for the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly. She writes for the UUA Blog Growing Vital Leaders and tweets at
Renee is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and is in Final Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Renee was the Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton, Ohio for two years, where she actively participated in the district small church growth project. She served her internship in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before that she served East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio for two years as their interim Director of Religious Education. She co-authored a Tapestry of Faith curriculum, "A Chorus of Faiths." She was ordained in 2010 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio where she has been a member since 1996. There she served in a variety of leadership roles before being called to ministry. She is now their affiliated community minister.
She was the 2007 recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Seminarian Award for Excellence in Social Justice, and the 2010 recipient of the Commission on Social Witness sermon award. Before being called to ministry, she was a mechanical design engineer and was awarded a patent for one of her designs.