First Unitarian welcomes Charles R. Lewis as the new Director of Finance & Administration (DFA). Charlie served for the past nine years as DFA at the 534-member Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis). He moved to Des Moines last summer to support a job change for his spouse. Eliot Chapel, like First Unitarian, follows policy governance and has a staff and ministry team structure similar to ours. Charlie’s references couldn’t say enough good things about him. Our senior staff team (including outgoing DFA Deb Dessert) interviewed Charlie and are delighted with the beautiful synchronicity of his arrival in Des Moines. Charlie will begin working part-time during February, working closely with Deb to ensure an effective transfer of responsibilities.