Our 2015 Honorees
The Light of God Expressing in Unity Award
Rev. Jackie Green, Youth & Family Minister
Jackie's personal mission statement: "To honor the past, celebrate the present, and vision the future." Much of Jackie’s life is focused on her personal family that miraculously continues to expand.
Jacolyn Green, aka Jackie, has been a member of Unity since 1972. Beginning in 1973 as a volunteer with Unity youth, she evolved into serving as Youth Education Director and later Y.O.U. sponsor with her husband, Wayne. In 1979 she was hired by the Northwest Region of the Association of Unity Churches to serve as Youth Education Consultant (Y.O.U./Uniteens), a role that she continues to hold.
In 1981 she expanded her focus when she was hired as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Unity Spiritual Center Spokane. In 1985 Jackie became a Licensed Unity Teacher, in 1993 she was certified as a Spiritual Educator (Director, Children, Uniteens and Y.O.U.) A graduate of the Association of Unity Churches Field Licensing Program, Jackie was ordained as a Unity Minister in 2004.
Jackie was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Therapy from Oklahoma College for Women in 1959, Jackie worked for Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma school districts, as well as Dr. John Boland Clinic as a speech therapist.
The Charles Fillmore Award
Rev. Patricia Bessey is a Unity minister, Master Prosperity teacher, seminar leader, church consultant, spiritual counselor, certified Peacemaker and certified life coach.
Before accepting her position at Unity of Greater Portland, Rev. Pat served as the co-founding minister with her husband Rev. LeRoy Lowell of Christ Unity Oceanside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They served that ministry for 10 years before coming back home to Maine.
Since her return to Maine in 2008, Rev. Pat has served as the Church Consultant for Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region.
Since her ordination in 1996 she has been in active ministry, serving as a congregational minister, a seminar presenter and consultant to many Unity ministries. She volunteers with Unity Worldwide Ministries as the Chair of the Standards Team and the Credentialing Team.
Rev. Pat is committed to supporting others in becoming all that they have come here to be and to live a healthier, happier and more abundant life through sharing her thorough understanding of spiritual principles.
The Myrtle Fillmore Award
Reverend Marilyn Muehlbach earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University, graduated from Unity School of Christianity Ministerial Education Program, and was ordained as a Unity minister. In 1985 she led her first congregation at Fort Sherman Chapel, in Coeur d’Alene. It was the only Unity Church in North Idaho. And she was the only female minister in town. She served as minister of Unity Church of North Idaho for 20 years.
“I’ve enjoyed helping others get in touch with their spirituality,” she said. “Many families have been with me a long time; we’ve shared births, deaths, marriages, and many other important moments in their lives. It was a private, sacred honor.”
Muehlbach feels positive about the work she and her congregation accomplished over the years.
“The people here are good-hearted. I believe we’ve made a difference in our community by being who we are.”
Also active in the Coeur d’Alene community, Marilyn has served as a hospice chaplain, on a task force for human rights, and the local interfaith group. She joined the Board of Human Rights Education Institute in 2008 and is a past president. She currently travels as a consultant and workshop presenter internationally.
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