Sharon Ketchum is currently the minister at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, Mich. Ordained in 1999, she previously served as minister of Unity Kitchener, Canada, for 16 years. Under her leadership, Unity Kitchener received the first Website of Excellence award and was the first Unity congregation in the world to become a certified Earthcare Congregation. Sharon is passionate about education and was privileged to chair the task teams that work to create Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.
Sharon is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She has degrees in communications and psychology, a master’s in religious studies, and training in Peace Skills and Healthy Congregations. Before entering ministry, Sharon was successful in the entertainment industry, business and sales. She is married to Maxine Thome (2017) and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
Rev Toni Fish is the minister of Unity in Frederick, Md., where she has served for over 12 years. Toni was ordained through Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Field Licensing Program and continues to serve as a mentor in that program. She has been active in Unity Worldwide Ministries at the national and regional level, serving on the Education Services Ministry Team from 2004 to 2009 and chaired that team from 2006 to 2008. Toni also served on the Eastern Region YEA (Youth Education Advisory) Team in 2010-11. Toni is actively involved in interfaith activities within her community, serving as task force leader for the Season for Nonviolence for the past nine years and as the co-coordinator for the Frederick Area Ministerial Association, assisting in the expansion of that group to include ministers of all faith traditions. From 2009–2011, she served as the president for Habitat for Humanity in Frederick County. Toni believes that translating the Unity principles into the language of the emerging new worldview is vital to her community and our movement. In an earlier chapter of her life, Toni spent 22 years in the corporate arena as an international information security and continuity planning consultant.
Myra McFadden has served as senior minister of Unity of Kansas City North, Kansas City, Mo., since 2009. Her ministry has a strong bond with Unity of Nigeria and has been instrumental in bringing Family Promise, a national organization that alleviates homelessness, to Kansas City. Through her leadership, UKCN has become a progressive, healthy community that supports and develops strong leaders for the Unity Movement.
Myra was ordained in 2009 from Unity Institute and she is also a licensed Unity teacher. She serves on multiple UWM ministry teams and is involved with Unity South Central Region. Passionate about diversity and true inclusiveness, Myra is committed to supporting Unity in bringing forward greater oneness within our movement in all levels of participation and leadership. She is also passionate about conscious social action and supports Unity's enhanced new practices of spiritual principle through compassion and love for all of humanity.
Myra worked for many years in the mental health field. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and had a highly successful psychotherapy practice in Sheboygan, WI prior to the call to ministry. She is married to Kansas City jazz entertainer Lonnie McFadden, has 3 grown children and 5 amazing grandchildren.
Rev Doris Hoskins (ordained 1994) is a believer in collaborative ministry. She began her ministry by co-founding a church, High Country Unity, in Littleton, Colo., (now Unity of Littleton) with Rev Scott Schell, where she served for five years. Called in 2000 by New Thought Unity in Cincinnati, Ohio, to become the co-senior minister with Rev Pat Williamson, she served at New Thought for eleven years. In March of 2012, she accepted the call to serve a new start-up group as the founding minister of Unity of Northern Kentucky, Fort Thomas, Ky. Doris is the designer of the Harmony Pendant and the creator of An Integral Approach to Sustainable Prosperity, a twelve-week prosperity program. She is the mother of three, and the grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters.
She first walked into a Unity church in Fayetteville, Ark., in November of 1987 and Unity has been her spiritual path ever since. She is grateful to Rev Gary Simmons, her first minister, and Unity of Fayetteville for the important part they have played in her spiritual journey. She has been active on a national and regional level during her years of ministry serving as the President of SCUCA (the South Central region, now USCR) 1999-2000. She completed her master’s degree at Fielding University in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2012 with a degree in Organizational Management and Development with an emphasis in Integral Studies.
John brings a wealth of administrative and board experience to our movement. He has served on the board of directors or worked for several not-for-profit organizations over the past 30 years. These organizations include Hope Care Center, a skilled nursing facility for people with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City, the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ryan White Planning Council. He retired as full-time administrator of a Home Health Agency in Kansas City in 2010 to move to Bay City, Mich., to be with his husband, Rev Greg Coles, senior minister of Unity of Bay City.
John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Since moving to Michigan, John has immersed himself in volunteer activities at Unity of Bay City, serving on the finance team, two separate capital campaigns, and numerous other teams in support of their Unity ministry. He also serves on the finance team for the Great Lakes Unity Regional Conference.
John currently works part-time for a substance abuse treatment agency in Bay City, working with people new to the recovery process.
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
Tim Alderman has served on the board since 2013. He was the first lay leader board president of the UWM board. Tim has served in various roles at several Unity churches including Washington, DC; Texas, Va., and Wash. Tim is currently a member at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas. As treasurer in Wimberly, Tim worked with the board to shift the consciousness to tithing on what we wanted to receive, instead of tithing on what we had received.
Professionally Tim was a human relations director in Washington, DC, and Belgium. His experiences have taught him the importance of listening to all sides of a situation in addition to listening to his inner voice. Currently program manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tim works with staff located throughout the US. He has rebuilt teams and trained six of the Army’s top interns. For this work Tim was awarded the highest Civilian Service Award and other awards.
Tom Armour has been active in Unity since 1990, serving as a board trustee and treasurer of Unity Church in the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo., and supporting his wife, Rev Julie, when she served as minister at Unity Church of Muskegon, Mich., and Unity of the Foothills at Red Rock, Evergreen, Colorado.
He is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in finance and has a juris doctorate degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Tom has actively practiced law in Colorado for more than forty years and for ten years in Michigan. He has also been licensed to practice in California. He began work as a legal services attorney with Pikes Peak Legal Services in Colorado Springs. He has tried many cases in state and federal courts and worked with small businesses and boards of directors.
Tom lives in the mountains near Evergreen, Colorado, with Julie and their dogs, Biju and Bonnie Blue.
Christopher O'Brien Ashe
Chris has served on the boards of directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations including: The Albert Schweitzer Friendship House, Connecticut Stage, The Sherman Players, The Animal Rights Network, The New Milford and The Litchfield County Board of Realtors (Conn.), The Connecticut Association of Realtors and Wildlife Umbrella. He has considerable experience in small business management and provides business leaders with consultation and training. In addition, Chris has been a whole life coach providing personal and business coaching services to people from all walks of life. He has been trained as a mediator by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and was a mediator for the National Association of Realtors.
Chris is also active in Unity on the national level where he served on the Convention Team for ten years. He served on the Peace Team for six years under Rev Dr Gary Simmons and has recently returned to serve with this team. With his late wife, Rev Bonny Gilbert Ashe, he co-founded Unity in the Foothills, Litchfield, Conn., which they took to full-church status and owning its own building in eighteen months. Chris is now providing consulting, training and mediation services to churches under his alternative ministry called Wisdom Quest Ministries. He is a gifted speaker and conversant with contemporary technology. Chris says, "I believe that Unity has a big role to play in shaping the world of tomorrow and I want to be part of making that happen."
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
Rev Richard Bunch was ordained in 2006 and currently serves as minister at Unity of Richmond, Va. He has served on the Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region Board as president, vice-president and treasurer. His service to Unity Worldwide Ministries includes being a member of the Prosperity Team, the Finance Team and the Alternative Ordination Team. He has been a member of Unity since 1997 and served in his home church, Unity of El Paso, Texas, as spiritual leader for five years.
Richard’s mission is “Transformed Lives, Transforming the World.” Richard has a master’s degree in Financial Services and was a licensed Unity teacher. He was the founder and president of a multi-corporate financial consulting and sales company, served on numerous nonprofit boards, and was active in local interfaith councils.
Rev Tim Lytle is an ordained Unity minister serving as senior minister at Unity of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the minister at Unity of Wichita, Kansas, before that for over 8 years. He serves on various leadership teams in UWM including teams that support, plan and work with the international work of Unity (a passion of his).
Tim graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University (B.A. in Religion and in Speech Communications) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), both in Kansas City, Mo. He was a pastor for 9 years in that denomination. Tim is a Board Certified Chaplain and has served as a hospital chaplain (and at times coordinator/developer of programs) for over 28 years. Concurrent with his work, he was deeply involved in volunteer prison ministry for over 12 years. Tim has been involved in and studied various forms of meditation and spiritual practices from traditions all over the world.
His mission is the spiritual awakening of individuals through experiencing and realizing Oneness. He loves speaking, storytelling (with humor), social action, and teaching as a means to help us to remember who we really are! Tim and his wife Olga Lucia love exercise, music, dancing, movies, reading, meditation, and meeting with people of many different cultures and traveling.
Rev Sylvia E Sumter has served as the senior minister of Unity of Washington, DC, since 1991. Prior to this, she served as the Chairperson of Communication Studies and Skills Department at Unity School of Religious Studies, Unity Village, Mo. She has a master’s in education, a bachelor’s in psychology, and an associate’s in business administration.
She is a gifted spiritual teacher, a dynamic and energetic speaker, yet she has an unassuming manner. Rev Sumter is noted for incorporating the most fundamental teachings, the principles of spirituality, and many of life's experiences into her messages. Her call is to inspire individuals to transform their lives through an awareness of their innate divine potential.
Rev Barry Vennard, a Unity Transitional Minister, has worked for over 15 years with Unity ministries in the US who are experiencing changes in ministerial leadership. Barry was ordained in 2001 and has served on the South Central Regional Ministry team. He also served as Chair of the UWM Interim Ministry Team in 2005/2006. Barry has written a number of articles and made a number of presentations on the evolution of the Unity movement from Minister Centric to Community Centric to Mission Centric. His vision for UWM is to see Unity as a world leader in the advancement of the movement that is calling humanity to spiritually awaken its divine (Christ) potential.
Barry’s book, Stepping through the Narrow Gate: Personal Transformation through Evolutionary Spirituality, presents a personal transformational process based on combining the 12 steps of recovery with the 12 powers as identified by Unity. It provides a guide to help individuals make the most out of the challenges of life.
Dr Elizabeth English, PhD
Dr Beth English was introduced to Unity forty years ago by her parents and has been a member of three Unity congregations. As a member of Unity of Fairfax, Oakton, Va., for the last 13 years, she has served on the following ministries: chaplain, worship, music, social action, and board of trustees. She is currently first chair of the Fairfax board.
Professionally Beth has been an educator for 40+ years in various positions as a teacher, elementary principal, district coordinator, and Title I Director in four school divisions in Virginia. She has taught graduate courses as adjunct professor for Virginia Tech, GMU, U.VA., and Shenandoah University (1981-2012). Currently she serves as an education consultant for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the social and academic development of children. Beth has experience in educational planning and assessment, has demonstrated instructional leadership through numerous ways such as initiating planning teams and creating a professional learning community of Collaborative Learning Teams.
Keeper of the Flame
Rev Paulette Pipe is dedicated to prayer and meditation which inspired her pioneering Touching the Stillness Ministries, a prayer and meditation ministry. You can listen to Paulette on Touching the Stillness,a lively and popular prayer and meditation radio program on Unity Online Radio that airs live on Tuesdays. Born and raised in the UK, Paulette is the former spiritual director of the United Kingdom (UK) Unity headquarters and former manager of the retreats department at Unity Village, Mo. Rev Paulette is a writer and sought-after speaker who leads prayer-based retreats, workshops, and Sunday worship services in the United States and abroad. She holds a BA in Ministerial Studies.
Donna, ordained in 1996, served 16 successful years as a field minister including the last 13 years as the senior minister at Unity of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. That ministry was a participant in the Transformation Experience Pilot Program and the Unity Identity Program (branding). Donna was a Unity Worldwide Ministries Board member for five (5) years and a member of the joint Integration Team with Unity School representatives. She has served on the Admissions Team, Church Growth and Development Team, Credential Leaders and Ministry Review Team (CLMRT), Gifts and Grants Team and the Future Trends Team. Donna is pleased and honored to be serving our Unity movement and has great hope for a stronger Unity.