UTS Opened Doors for Myself, and Others

UTS opened two big doors for me—one from behind and one in front, and a lot of windows too.

I joined the unification family in 1973 just six months away from getting my bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Utah. After three and a half years of studying in Salt Lake City while on a swimming scholarship I decided to leave school and join the Unification Church. I have never regretted that offering.

Life at Barrytown by Dan Fefferman (UTS’86)

UTS was a Mecca for me, a place where God allowed me to absorb the knowledge of the Christian centuries in preparation to return to the mission field strengthened and enriched.


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eric sylteThis summer, UTS is welcoming Rev. Eric Sylte as its new Director of Student Life and Chaplain.

Before coming to UTS, Rev. Sylte was Pastor of the Seattle Family Church and Human Resources Manager at a seafood company in the Seattle area. Of Norwegian ancestry, Eric grew up in Coos Bay on the Oregon coast and joined the Unification movement in Eugene, Oregon, in 1976.

Rev. Sylte served as the Unification Church pastor in Nashville, Tennessee and as an educator at the Atlanta Workshop Center before matriculating at UTS in 1989. After completing his Masters of Divinity in 1992, Eric resumed the ministry in Portland, Oregon and then Seattle.

The Director of Student Life and Chaplain is a new position at UTS, expanding the former Dean of Students office. Student surveys have indicated a request for increased spiritual formation and counseling services. The DSLC will assume these functions, working with a team in a newly formed “Office of Spirituality and Community Life.”