A Quick Overview

USNH is governed by and for its members, as we strive to work together and live out our core values of “justice, connection, generosity, compassion, and spirituality.”  Two governing bodies, the Board of Trustees and the Management Team, are responsible for the day-to-day and long-range operations of our community, with input from the Council of Chairs.  In accordance with our Fifth Principle, which encourages “the use of the democratic process within our congregations,” every member of USNH also has a voice.  Come to a congregational meeting and let yours be heard!

The Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is in charge of “the big picture” for USNH.  The members of the Board look at where we’re going, what we’re doing, and how what we do fits into our mission.  The Board has adopted the model of Policy Governance, a transparent system that establishes clear lines of authority and accountability while encouraging open communication. Policy Governance entrusts people with the freedom to do their jobs creatively and effectively.  By design, it empowers all areas of the congregation. The members of the Board develop the policies that broadly guide the work of the Management Team.  Policies are also approved by the congregation.  In a collaborative feedback process, the Board works with the Management Team to make sure that it’s carrying out its work according to the Policy goals decided upon by the Board and the congregation.  If you’re interested in this form of governance, or want to learn more about the policies that guide our Board, go to Policy Governance Overview: What’s It All About?  Reach our Board at board@usnh.org.

Board meeting minutes for the current year are found here.

Board meeting minutes for the prior year are found here.

The Management Team


The Management Team is in charge of the day-to-day operations of our congregation.  This includes everything from ensuring we treat one another with respect to making sure our facilities are maintained in good repair.  It also includes financial planning and budgeting, communications, staffing, infrastructure, setting and implementing operational policies, and everything else that goes into making USNH a welcoming and safe place to be.

The Management Team works closely with our staff and dedicated committees and teams.  Members of the Management Team are appointed for a two-year term and the current team is pictured here: David Stagg, Gwen Heuss-Severance, Georgia Jenkins and Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner.  Reach the Management Team at management.team@usnh.org.

The Council of Chairs

The Council of Chairs is made up of the leaders of the  committees here at USNH.  It forms the connection between the Management Team and the hard-working volunteers who keep our community going strong.

Congregational Meetings


Twice a year, we hold a congregational meeting to vote on matters of concern to the entire congregation, including our budget.  All members of USNH are permitted and encouraged to vote at our meetings.  Congregational meeting minutes for the current year are found here.

Want to learn more?

Information about our policies, organization, minutes, decisions and more are all found in our Online Library.