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Employment and Status Changes


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.


Rev. Judi Beach accepted the position of minister at Unity Spiritual Center of Corpus Christi, Texas and started November 1.

Rev. Elsie Cowan is the new minister at Unity Church of the Ozarks, Rogers, Ark.

Rev. Teri Hawkinsis the new minister at Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, Ill.

Rev. Elizabeth Longo left Unity on the Bay, Miami, FL., to take the minister position at Unity of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her official start date is Jan. 5 2017, however she will be leading the Candlelighting and Christmas services there.


New alternative ministry: Unity Light Circles, Austin TX Sl- Martin Dowman LUT.


Rev Christine Boylan is the new minister at Unity of Greater Hartford, South Windsor, Conn., starting Nov 26.

Rev John Riley assumed the senior minister position on Oct 4, 2016, at Unity Palo Alto Community Church, Calif., after the retirement of Rev Karyn Bradley.


Rev Stephen Kosmyna has been hired as the minister at Unity of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

After 36 years in ministry, Rev David McArthur   has retired! He gave his final Sunday service on September 25 at Unity of Walnut Creek, Calif., where he has been senior minister since 2002. David chaired of the Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM), 2010-2011. He plans to follow his passion of teaching about the transformative power of the heart and is writing two books. Congratulations and thank you, David!


Rev S Culliver Brookman is the new minister at Unity of Billings, Mont., as of the end of August 2016.

Marcia Brown is the new spiritual leader of Unity Church of Jacksonville, Fla., effective August 15, 2016.

Rev Claudell County was selected as the next minister to serve Unity of the Lakes, Warsaw, Mo., on August 14, 2016. 

Rev Yvonne McAndrew will be starting as the new minister of Unity Church for Creative Living in St John's, Fla., on November 1, 2016.

Rev Daybree Thoms is the new minister at Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center, Key West, Fla., starting September 1, 2016. 

Carolyn Warnemuende has been hired as the spiritual leader of Unity in Redding, Calif. Carolyn started on July 1, 2016.  


Elizabeth Roman LUT has been hired as the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Peace: Practical Spirituality, Jefferson City, Mo. She started August 1, 2016.

Rev Barbara Jean (BJ) Stannard resigned from Unity Church of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass., after 9 years of service, effective August 6, 2016.


Rev Joanne Burns has been hired as senior minister at Unity of Panama City, Fla., beginning October 2016. We bless this ministry and also hold in prayer Unity of Mesa, Ariz., where she has been serving as a temporary associate minister.

After much prayer and spiritual guidance, I, Rev Ann Haveman-Ashby,am announcing my resignation as senior minister, and my retirement from full-time ministry at Unity of Battle Creek, Mich., as of July 31, 2016. I, along with my husband Rev Jim Ashby, will continue offering our services as Unity guest speakers, teaching the Unity Principles we love, along with performing other precious ceremonies as needed.

Rev Julie Johnson is the new minister, as of July 1, 2016, at Unity of Santa Maria, Calif.

Rev Kathleen McKenna begins September 15, 2016, as the new minister of Unity of Harrisburg, Enola, Penn.


Rev Sharon Ketchum is the new minister of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, Mich. She started on July 3.


Rev John Beerman has been hired as minister of Unity Spiritual Center of Clemson/Anderson, Pendleton, S.C., beginning July 1, 2016.

Rev Michael Schoonover has been hired as the part-time associate minister of Unity Way Church, Vista, Calif. Michael was just ordained by the Unity Urban Ministerial School in May.  He has been employed part-time in a variety of positions at the church, and the ministry is delighted to make him their official associate minister.


Rev Sallie Fox has resigned from the minister position at Unity Christ Church, St Louis, Mo., for personal health reasons. Her last day there was May 29, 2016.

Rev Marilynn Mattox has resigned from Unity in the Seven Hills, Lynchburg, Va.  Her last service was May 15, 2016.

Rev Glenda Walden, recently ordained by the Unity Urban Ministerial School, started as the new minister at Unity Fort Wayne Spiritual Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., on May 18, 2016.


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


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


Rev Mark Fisk passed on Nov 22, 2016. We send our prayers of comfort and support to his family (Ronda, Alisa, Shirley), Unity of Mesa, Ariz., and his co-ministers Rev Kathy Kellogg and Rev Judy Hildebrand.  ervices will be held on Monday, Nov 28, 2 p.m., at Unity of Phoenix, Ariz.  In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Unity of Mesa.


Rev Ronald N Potter made his transition on Oct 24, 2016. He often served as associate minister to Ernest C Wilson. Ronald served Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo., and ministries in Orlando, Fla., Sarasota, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., and Los Angeles, Calif. His niece, Sandra Gilbert, requests prayers for Ronald and for his family. We hold them all in our prayers and give grateful thanks for Ronald’s commitment to living Truth.


Sam Bowman LUT made his transition on Oct 11, 2016. He had recently been diagnosed with ALS. We hold his wife Rev Shirley Bowman [] in prayers for comfort and the peace that "passes all understanding.” Sam's memorial service will be Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home,  Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thank you, Sam, for being the bright light that you are!


Rev Roger Goodwin, ordained in 1992, peacefully made his transition on August 2, 2016. Rev Roger served ministries in Madison, Wisc.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Gaithersburg, Md. He served as chair of UWM’s Board of Trustees and the Unity Institute Academic Governance Council. A celebration of his life will be held at Unity of Gaithersburg on Sat, Aug 27, in the afternoon. Check the church website for details. Thank you for prayers for his wife of forty-five years, Barbara, their 3 children and extended family.

Rev Tom Hopper  passed on July 27, 2016. Tom had been a Unity minister for sixty years. He served in Kansas City, Mo.; San Diego, Calif.; Auckland, New Zealand; and Vancouver, BC. We hold his wife Esther and family in our prayers. We are grateful for his many talents, including the editorial work he did for Unity School of Christianity.


Rev Charlotte Prossen made her transition last week. She had served ministries in New Mexico, Bermuda, Texas, Canada and Kansas. We hold Charlotte and her family in our prayers with gratitude for her service to the Unity movement.


Rev Tricia Hamilton Mack, class of 2000, passed away at home on June 20, 2016. She had pioneered Unity Church of Fredericksburg, Va. We hold her and her family in our thoughts and prayers and give thanks for Tricia’s sweet spirit and compassionate heart.


We received word that Rev John Rankin is deceased. John served communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California. We bless him for his service to these communities and for the lives that he touched with his presence.  

Rev Marylee Revels  passed on May 27, 2016. She had served ministries in California: Stockton, Redwood City and in the Central Valley. Marylee had been a Judicatory Rep for the West Central region and a Ministry Skills/Transitional minister. We are grateful for her faithful service and for shining her light. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., at Spiritual Center for Positive Living, Cameron Park, Calif.

Topic: Memorials