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Here is the PowerPoint from the memorial service at the 2017 convention. This PowerPoint is updated annually around convention in June. For passings since the prior convention, see Transitions below.

Employment and Status Changes


Rev Mary Linda McCall resigned from Unity Church of Jackson, Mich., effective Dec 31, 2017.  They are appreciative of her loving, selfless service and her dedication to the ministry. She is surely missed.  

Revs Pat and Les McClelland have been hired as the new co-ministers at Unity Church of Anderson, Ind., effective Feb 1, 2018.

Rev Paul John Roach is retiring as senior minister of Unity Church of Fort Worth, Texas, after thirty years of service on Mar 4, 2018. Paul will continue to serve on the board of Unity World Headquarters, [] host his weekly World Spirituality [] show on the Unity Media Network and devote more time to his writing. His ongoing email is

Rev Brian Walker is the new minister at Unity Five Cities, Arroyo Grande, Calif., effective Mar 1, 2018.


Rev John Beerman has been hired by Unity of Medina, Ohio, effective April 1, 2018.

Rev Dinah Chapman is the new senior minister at Unity of Tri-Valley (UTV), Dublin, Calif. Her first Sunday celebration service will be on Feb 18. UTV spiritual family looks forward to continuing to co-create, now with Rev Dinah, a loving and supportive community where we learn, grow, and express ourselves spiritually as a source of light, hope, and peace to all.

Cindy Farris is the new spiritual leader for Unity Church of Modesto, Calif., effective Feb 1, 2018.

Marla Mason is the new spiritual leader for Unity of Bellevue, Wash., with a start date of Jan 7, 2018.

As of October 1, 2017, Rev Shawn Moninger was hired as staff minister of Unity of New York, New York City, N.Y., (co-ministering with Britt Hall, Spiritual Director) while continuing to serve as senior minister of Unity Center of Norwalk, Conn.  

Jay Mulkey is the new spiritual leader at Unity Church of Boerne, Texas, starting on Feb 7, 2018.

Matthew Starcher resigned from Unity of Southeastern Ohio, The Plains, Ohio, effective Feb 4, 2018.  He is following the direction of his heart in further service to Unity.”

Rev Lori Fleming is the new Minister of Pastoral Care at Unity of Phoenix, Ariz. Rev Lori’s start date is March 5, 2018.

Rev Paul Tenaglia is the new minister at Unity Community on the Hill, Washington, DC. [ ] They are very excited that he is starting on March 1, 2018. Paul’s first Sunday Celebration Service will be on March 4, 10 a.m., so if you’re in the area, come on over.

Rev Jimmie Scott started as the minister at Unity Church of San Antonio, Texas, on Nov 1, 2017.



Rev Heidi Alfrey’s last day at Unity in Chicago, Ill., was January 31, 2018. While a part of her heart will always be in Chicago, she is looking forward to the warmer clime of Ft Lauderdale, Fla., where she will serve as associate minister with a CSL (Centers for Spiritual Living) ministry.


Marty Bacher is the spiritual leader at Unity of Charlotte, N.C., effective Dec 24, 2017.

Florence “Flossie” Ernzen, licensed Unity teacher/spiritual leader of Friends of Unity, Plymouth, Mich., retired in mid-October 2017. She was part of a dedicated group of Truth students who pioneered Friends of Unity in 2010. Friends of Unity is continuing its vibrant service to the community with wonderful guest speakers.

Rev Carole Mahaffey [ ] (ordained 1997) is retiring from Unity of East Louisville, Ky., (UEL) with a Celebration Service on Jan 28, 2018. She served churches in Missouri, Indiana, and Kentucky. Carole founded UEL in August 2002 and led the church to purchase their building and grounds. She will be moving to Lexington, Ky., to be with her children and grandchildren and plans to launch a healing ministry, Spirit Rising Ministries.

Rev Paul Tenaglia’s last day at Unity of Bellevue, Wash., was on Jan 7, 2018


Rev David Old has been hired as the minister at Unity Spiritual Centre, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, effective Dec 3, 2017.

Lydia Singleton is the spiritual leader at Unity of Appleton, Wisc., effective Dec 1, 2017.

On February 11, 2018, Rev Sherrie Taylor-Jones will celebrate her last service with Unity of Lawrence, Kansas, as their minister. She has completed her 2-year contract with this community and is looking forward to relocating back home to Florida.


Unity of Ann Arbor, Mich., is happy to announce that Rev Patrice Bittner is their new senior minister, starting Dec 1, 2017. Their former spiritual leader, Sonja Carico, retired effective Nov 30, 2017.  

Rev Sandra Butler will be the transitional minister at Unity Church of Greater Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., starting in January 2018.

Rev Victoria Etchemendy retired from The Unity Center, West Linn, Oreg., on Nov 30, 2017. She had served there for over 27 years. Victoria has served ministries in Illinois and Oregon since 1980. Congratulations on your retirement and thanks for being a strong advocate for our children and intergenerational ministry!

Rev Bob Uhlar (2002) is the new minister at Unity of Tampa, Fla., effective Jan 1, 2018. Bob’s wife, Rev Carla Golden (2002), will serve as a part-time volunteer.

Rev Barry Vennard will be the transitional minister at Unity of Las Vegas, Nev., starting Jan 15, 2018.


Rev Michael Korpan will be joining Rev Jan Little who is serving at Unity of Fox Valley, Batavia, Ill., effective Jan 1, 2018. They will co-minister starting on that date.


On Jan 1, 2018, Rev Clive Delaporte will start as the new minister at Unity of Fort Myers Spiritual Center, Fort Myers, Fla.    

Rev Ann Frances is the senior minister at Unity Church of Tidewater, Virginia Beach, Va., effective Nov 1, 2017. Her last day at Unity Church of Greater Rochester, N.Y., was Oct 15, 2017.

Rev Roxanne Graves has been chosen as the minister at Unity on the Space Coast, Titusville, Fla., effective Nov 19, 2017. Her last day at Christ Church Unity, Orlando, Fla., was Nov 5, 2017.

Rev Farolyn Mann began her two-year contract as minister with Unity Church in Rockport, Texas, on Oct 1, 2017.

Barbara Winter Martin will be retiring as the spiritual leader of Unity Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota, Sartell, Minn., effective Dec 31, 2017.

Rev Daybree Thoms has resigned as minister with Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center, Key West, Fla., a result of housing displacement following Hurricane Irma. Her last Sunday is Nov 12, 2017. She is grateful for this exceptional spiritual community and a first year of ministry filled to overflowing. Daybree and her husband, Denny, will be traveling throughout the remainder of this year, listening to Spirit for her next steps.


Rev Judy Beach has completed her contract as minister with Unity Spiritual Center of Corpus Christi, Texas. Her last Sunday was Sept 24. She is filled with gratitude and will be taking a moment of renewal, actively listening to Spirit for her next steps.

Rev Grace Caputo is the new minister at Unity Center of Clinton, Iowa. Her start date was Oct 1, 2017.


Unity Grand Valley, Grand Junction, Colo., is a new church and is looking for speakers (licensed Unity teachers or ministers) for 2018. Please contact Debi at or 970.260.9714.

With gratitude for all who contributed to its founding and holding a vision of success at another time, spiritual leader Peter Finger LUT announced that Unity of the Great Plains, Sioux Falls, S. Dak., closed as of Sept 6, 2017.


Rev Elizabeth Thompson announced her retirement from her position as senior minister of Unity of Sarasota, Fla. This takes place the end of January 2018. She is holding the High Watch for the right and perfect minister to lead this beautiful, powerful, and loving congregation forward. Officially she will be an "unassigned" minister available to teach, serve and celebrate her beloved Unity Movement at large.

Rev Michael Schoonover is the new minister at Unity Way Church in Vista, Calif. Michael was previously the associate minister. His start date will be Nov 1, 2017.

Rev Jennifer Sacks has left Unity of Gainesville, Fla. effective October 5, 2017.  She will be starting a new adventure as the senior minister at Unity Atlanta in Norcross, Ga. on November 1st.


Rev John Beerman’s last day at Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/Anderson, Pendleton, S.C., was June 30, 2017.

Unity Chapel, Southgate, Mich., honored Rev Virgil Brewer  with a retirement party in April to celebrate his 40 years as their senior minister. Rev Virgil retired on Dec 31, 2016, is writing a book, and is available for guest speaking. Rev Anita Graham began as minister on January 1, 2017. Revs Virgil and Anita served together for several months to provide a smooth transition. Thank you, Virgil and Anita, for your service and dedication to the Unity Way of Life!

Rev Kathleen Flynn’s last day at Unity of Roseburg, Oreg., was June 25, 2017.

Rev Pamela Reynolds’ last day at Unity Way Church, Vista, Calif., will be Oct 31, 2017.

Rev Ric Schumacher is the new minister at Unity Chapel of Light, Tallmadge, Ohio, as of Sept 1, 2017.

Rev Juan Enrique Toro resigned from Unity of Fredericksburg, Va., at the end of June.


Mendhi Audlin, LUT, has been named the spiritual leader of Unity of the Foothills at Red Rock, Morrison, Colo., effective August 1.

Rev Don Foster resigned from Unity of Greater Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, after 11 years of dedicated service. His last Sunday was August 13, 2017.

Rev Jennifer Sacks has accepted the senior minister position at Unity Atlanta, Norcross, Ga., effective Nov 1, 2017.


Rev Terry Dearmore recently retired after 21 years of ministry. Rev Terry graduated with the class of 1996 and served the last 10 years with Unity Center of Peace in Northern Virginia, Centreville, Va. (formally Unity Church of Chantilly) He now resides in York, Pennsylvania. We celebrate his service and affirm the best for his next adventure in ministry which is yet to be revealed.

Rev Helice Greene is stepping away after 35 years in field ministry; 10 years at Unity of Fairfax, Oakton, Va., then 25 at Unity of Oak Park, Ill. She is not sure what is next, but says, “I am putting on a new set of tires for the next 100,000 miles.” We celebrate with Helice and send blessings for whatever new endeavors are in her future.  

Rev Michael Jamison has resigned from Unity Church of Christianity, Topeka, Kansas, after 28 years in ministry, and now works in Silent Unity. The Topeka church is now a guest speaker church.  Contact Michael at if you would like to guest speak.  Compensation for meditation and lesson at the 11:00 a.m. service is $150.

Rev Karen Tudor has accepted the position of Sr Associate Minister at Unity of Houston, Texas, effective October 1, 2017.


Rev Dan Landis will be the senior minister of Unity of Harrisburg, Enola, Penn., starting on July 30.


Rev Doug Duerr’s last day at Unity Bay Area Houston, League City, Texas, was July 9. He will start at Unity Worldwide Ministries in August.

Rev Doris Lewis, who served Unity of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, since 2004, retired in April 2017. We bless Doris as she embarks on a new chapter in her life, with gratitude for her service and devotion.

Rev Donna Little is engaged as the minister at Unity in the Olympics, Port Angeles, Wash., effective June 1, 2017.


Rev Gloria Holt is retiring from Unity of Southeast Kansas City, Mo., on July 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has designated Randy Fikki as their spiritual leader upon Rev Holt's retirement. Best wishes, Gloria, for your next adventures in living!
Rev Karen Tudor will be leaving Unity of New Braunfels, Texas, effective June 29. She has served there for 13 years and after a period of rest expects to enter into church ministry in the fall. Her specific future plans are developing and will be announced when they are complete. Rev Sondra von Gyllenband will be temporary minister starting July 1.

Rev Patty Williams will start as the minister at Unity of Salem, Oregon, on July 24. Her last Sunday as associate minister at Unity Minneapolis, Minn., is June 25.


As of May 9, Rev Sophia Ellen Falke is no longer minister at Unity Center in the Valley, Las Vegas, Nev.


Rev Deidre Ashmore is retiring from Unity of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, effective April 30, 2017. We wish her success on her new adventures.

With great joy Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas, announces hiring Rev Brian Grandon and Rev Kristen Preud'homme (soon to be Grandon) as co-ministers beginning on July 18, 2017.


Rev Brian Grandon announced with deep love and appreciation for everyone at Unity Church of El Cajon, Calif., that he was following the leading of Spirit to move on to the next chapter of what is his to do. The annual Church at the Lake Celebration on May 21 will be his last day.

Rev Charline Manuel retired from church ministry on March 30, 2017, after 22 years of serving as senior minister of Unity Center of Miami, Florida. Charline says she is retiring from church ministry, but looks forward to serving the Unity movement and churches as guest speaker and facilitator of One Accord Board Trainings and Retreats based on her book, The Power of One Accord.

Paul Patterson, the spiritual leader for Unity Church of Modesto, Calif., recently announced he would be retiring at the end of May.

Rev Ron Palumbo is the new minister at Unity Christ Church in St Louis, Mo. They welcome you to join them at his first Sunday on Easter Sunday, April 16.

Rev Michael Perrie has joined Rev Myra McFadden and the staff of Unity of Kansas City North, Mo., as associate minister.


Licensed Unity teacher Laurie Brandt was heartily welcomed as the new spiritual leader of Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, Savage, Minn., in February 2017.

Rev Juhlie Fancher is no longer with Unity of Springfield, Ill., and has retired from full-time ministry, effective March 4, 2017. Thank you, Juhlie, for your years of service to the Unity movement, especially your work on the UWM ministry teams and board.

Rev Bruce Kellogg is the new minister at Unity of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He will be starting on April 11, 2017.

Rev Christine McFarland is the new minister at Unity of the Black Hills, Rapid City, South Dakota.


Betty Bennett, LUT, is the new part-time spiritual leader of Unity Center of the Desert, Yuma, Ariz. Betty will start on March 17, 2017.  

Rev Julie Vance is retiring from Unity of Palmyra, Penn., on April 30 after 25 years and taking some time for rest and renewal and to discern where Spirit is leading next. Thank you, Julie, for your sharing your guidance and wisdom! May your retirement be fruitful.


Elizabeth Barca, licensed Unity teacher, is the new spiritual leader of Unity Spiritual Center of Morris County, Boonton, N.J. The ministry was delighted to have her start on Jan 1, 2017.  

Rev John Considine is the new minister at Unity of London, Ontario, Canada, as of Jan 8.

Rev Judith Marshall was hired as the minister of Unity Spiritual Center, Albuquerque, N. Mex., on August 25, 2016.

Rev Marty Newman started on Jan 8 as the new minister at Unity of Port Richey, Fla.


Rev Rose Houston was hired as Pastoral Care Minister at Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, Girard, Ohio, effective October 1, 2016.


In memory of Unity notables (or family of). List is retained from June 1 through May 31 of each year.


Rev Yves Lafontant made his transition on Feb 17, 2018. Yves was a long-term minister at Unity of Lehigh Valley, Emmaus, Penn., and Unity of Montreal, QC, Canada. Condolences may be sent to his wife Johanne Levesque-Lafontant, 103 Seigniory Ave, Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 1J6. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation [ ] and West Island Palliative Care Residence. []


Rev Paul Myron Tyman, 94, (ordained 1988) died peacefully surrounded by family on Feb 6, 2018. He co-ministered with Rev Marj Britt at Unity of Walnut Creek, Calif. Paul facilitated 12-Step retreats but was best known for his 5-day silent retreats based on the work that he did with Father Thomas Keating at Snowmass, Colo. Services are pending. Condolences to the family can be emailed to Rev Marj Britt. []  


Rev Nancy Roldan Molina's mother, [ email ] Stella Molina de Roldan, made her transition on Jan 17, 2018. She was surrounded by her beloved family when she passed way. Rev Nancy leads the ministry Centro Unity Senderos de Luz y Paz in Cali, Colombia, South America. We surround Nancy and her family in prayers of support and comfort during this time.

Rev Frank Karl Munkel, [] husband of Rev Louise Munkel, died Nov 22, 2017. He became an ordained Unity minister in 1981. Mrs Munkel became an ordained Unity minister in 1982, and together they co-ministered churches in Lincoln, Neb., and Newport News, Va. Condolences can be sent to Karl’s daughter Gail Harmon, [] 5052 Martinique Drive, Naples FL 34113.


Rev Eunice Chagnon (ordained 1979) made her transition on Jan 2, 2018. Her memorial service is Jan 20, 12:30 p.m., at Unity Church of Madison, Wisc., where she served 1985-1989.  [] She also served ministries in Ohio and Indiana. We bless Eunice for her loving guidance and support of all who attended the ministries where she served. Condolences can be sent to the church. [ ]

Rev Mavis (Avis) Hylton passed away on Jan 11, 2018, in Kingston, Jamaica. She was semiretired, but kept serving at Unity of Jamaica in Kingston and teaching classes to students training through Unity National School Jamaica. She was ordained in 2010. She was loved by all in the community of Unity in Jamaica.


Rev Jack Poole, beloved husband of Rev Susan EngPoole, [] passed on Dec 24, 2017. He served ministries in North Carolina, Illinois and Kentucky. Jack's Celebration of Life will be Jan 11, 6 p.m., at Unity of Louisville. [] For Jack's life story and donations in lieu of flowers, see www.EngPooleAssociates.ecwid. com. We hold Rev Susan in prayers of comfort and joyful remembrance, and bless Jack on his next adventure.


Rev Joseph Wolpert made his transition on Nov 24, 2017. In addition to his self-named alternative ministry, he had served on the faculty at Unity School of Christianity, on the L&O ministry team, and at a ministry in Calif. Joe was grounded by his deep faith. Condolences may be sent to his daughter Rachel Mancini. [] Joe’s memorial service is Dec 9, noon, at Harrison United Methodist Church, Pineville, N.C. []

The memorial service for Rev Carolyn L Crane will be Dec 10 at Unity Christ Church, Mobile, Ala. [] Visitation at noon followed by Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Building & Renovation Fund of Carolyn’s beloved church. She is one of a few Unity ministers to serve in the same ministry for over 40 years. Sign online guestbook. [ ]




Rev Carolyn L Crane, founder/senior minister for 42 years of Unity Christ Church of Truth, Mobile, Ala., made her transition on Nov 13, 2017. Her family extends profound thanks for the prayers sent during this time. We know she was eased into her new life experience on waves of love. Plans for a Celebration of Life service will be announced later. Send condolences to her daughter Rev Christy Hancock.[]


Rev Ena Fay “Claire” Grierson-Thomas, wife of Rev Vernon Thomas, [] made her transition on Oct 15, 2017, in London, England. Claire was a beloved wife, minister, and teacher. She had served as the director of Unity National School-UK. She was especially appreciated by our Unity students in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We hold her family in our prayers for support and comfort.


Louise Hay,  author (You Can Heal Your Life), speaker, publisher (Hay House, Inc.), made her transition on Aug 30, 2017, at age 90. Many of us in the New Thought movement have been blessed by her words and her work. The service in honor of Louise Hay will be a private and intimate event. Your donations are welcome to the Hay Foundation.


Rev Janet Manning passed on Aug 1, 2017, surrounded by the love of husband Rev Wayne and daughter Lynn. Janet and Wayne were together for 39 years. Janet penned “I Am Free, I Am Unlimited” and other Unity songs. She served ministries in: Ohio (Columbus), and with Wayne in Calif. (Sacramento, Auburn). Send condolences to Thank you, Janet, for blessing us all with your music and your Light.


Kathy Eliasen, longtime LUT, associated with Unity Church of Nanaimo, BC, Canada, made her transition surrounded by family and friends on May 28, 2017. We hold Kathy in our hearts with gratitude for all she has done to share the Unity message. We surround her family and friends in love and comfort.


Rev Philip Nicola made his transition on Feb 21, 2017. After ordination in 1968, he had served ministries in California, Arizona and Missouri. We hold his daughter Claire Nicola Oakley ( in our prayers for comfort, and we bless Philip in his ongoing spiritual journey. Thank you, Philip, for your service to the Unity movement.


Al Adams, LUT, passed away on Jan 20, 2017.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Feb 18 at Unity of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Rev Argentina Glasgow passed on Jan 27, 2017. She served West Side Unity Church, Detroit, Mich. (1991-2), and also Detroit Unity Temple, as senior minister and co-minister from 1992-2005. She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries (2003-4). Argentina was a powerful, faith-filled minister, teacher and friend. Services will be held Feb 4, 3 p.m., at Leevy's Funeral Home, Columbia, S.C.


Rev Linda Babbish made her transition on Christmas Day. Ordained in 1974, Linda lovingly served at Unity Village Chapel, Mo., Warrensburg, Mo., and Corpus Christi, Texas. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Jan 14, 2017, at Unity Church of Rochester,  Rochester Hills, Mich. Messages of support can be sent to her husband George at

Topic: Memorials