Love is the spirit of this church and service is its prayer

Minister & Staff

     Reverend Robert Francis Murphy was raised in Rhode Island and California. “Part of my family was Roman Catholic and part was Protestant,” notes Bob. “I love both sides of my family. However, the decision to become a Unitarian Universalist was my own decision and it was one of the best decisions that I ever made!”

     Before becoming a minister, Bob was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in the southwestern United States, earned a master's degree in public health from Boston University, worked for public and private health agencies then became a business agent for SEIU Local 254.  In 1991 Bob returned to college and subsequently received his Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister and then spent several years as a 'circuit riding' minister for three congregations in North Carolina before coming to our fellowship in 2000. Bob is married to Lyn Dalzell, who is a physician’s assistant with a background in social work.

     “Pairing environmentalism, economic justice“, a 2007 article in The Boston Globe described Bob’s leadership of Fellowship’s activities on behalf of environmental justice. In 2009 the UUA General Assembly adopted UUFF’s program, “Ethical Eating,” which Bob framed and moved forward, as a national subject for continuing study. For 2010, Bob and the congregation proposed “Green Revolution in Religion” as a study topic for approval by the UUA General Assembly. In 2011, the national Sierra Club honored Bob for his work in social justice and the environment with a Special Service Award, the first time that a religious leader has received this award.

     Reverend Murphy’s office hours are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 pm.


Director of Religious Education

Deborah Ann Keller, the new DRE at UUFF,  previously served as the Director of Spiritual Development at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts and will soon complete the associate level of the UUA Credentialing program for Directors of Religious Education.  Debi is an educator who holds degrees in psychology, elementary education and special education. 

Melissa Berryman is one of  our Youth Group Leaders for this year.  Melissa has been involved with our youth group for several years.

Music Director

Fred Johnson, an award winning music teacher and director at Falmouth High School, has directed our choir since 2005. For many years Fred was the much loved director of the Falmouth Chorale.


Nancy Wendlandt, our pianist every Sunday, is a professional pianist, piano teacher, and music director who has worked on and off Cape for theater companies, choruses, solo vocalists and instrumentalists, upscale hotels, restaurants, and for memorial services, and weddings. 

Office Administrator

Dawn Stephenson was chosen from a completive field of candidates to be our new office manager in September 2013.


Frank Walker has been our sexton since August of 2010.  Before he came back to the Cape to live a few years ago, Frank worked in sales and as a school custodian and a painter.
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