Rev Karen Tudor has a 20-year background in health care, 19 years in ministry, and is a former senior associate minister for Unity of Houston, Texas, with Rev. Howard Caesar. Karen has served as a hospice chaplain and has been leading the Unity Church of Practical Christianity in New Braunfels, Texas, for 9 years as senior minister. Rev Tudor founded Interfaith Network of Comal County in 2007 which is dedicated to sharing diverse religious cultures and viewpoints in the community. She has been active in Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) at both the regional and national levels. Rev Tudor co-hosts with Rev. E.J. Niles Biblical Power for Your Life, a weekly Internet radio show on Unity Online Radio. She lives with her husband, William, in the Texas hill country, with her two daughters and 4 grandchildren nearby. Rev Tudor has recorded a meditation CD Earth : Fire : Air : Water that is a healing meditative journey through the elements of the universe. She has been serving on the UWM board since January 2012. Rev. Karen says, "I feel privileged to support the leadership of Donna Johnson in navigating our course through these exciting times of change and growth for our movement!"
Rev Richard Bunch was ordained in 2006 and currently serves with his wife, Rev Victoria Bunch, as co-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.
Sharon Ketchum is the former senior minister of Unity Kitchener, Canada, where she served for 15 years since being ordained in 1999. Sharon has been involved with Unity for over 20 years and served on 3 Unity Worldwide Ministries ministry teams: marketing, education, and church growth, and on 2 Unity Canada ministry teams: education and branding. She also served as a member of the Unity Canada board of directors for 12 years including 6 years as treasurer. She is passionate about education and was instrumental in creating the new “Canadian Path to Ordination” in conjunction with Unity Canada and UWM.
She is an American, who also carries Canadian citizenship. As an international member, Sharon understands the role that Unity Worldwide Ministries can fill in partnership with other international organizations. She has degrees in communications and psychology and a master’s in religious studies and has training in Peace Skills and Healthy Congregations. Before entering ministry, Sharon was successful in the entertainment industry, business and sales. She has lived in Canada since 1981 and has two adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Rev Toni Fish is the minister of Unity in Frederick, Md., where she has served for the last 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.
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
Tim Alderman has been a Unity Student for over 30 years–and served in leadership roles including Youth of Unity sponsor, prayer chaplain, and past president of the board of three Unity spiritual communities: First Unity Temple in El Paso, Texas; Unity Center of El Paso; and Unity of Washington DC. Currently, Tim serves as the president for the Board of Trustees in Unity of Wimberley, Texas. Tim contributes a wealth of knowledge gleaned from serving as a human resources advisor for 37 years with the United States Army, The US Public Health Service and the Department of Defense. Currently, Tim serves as the project manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Management Division, deploying retired employees to temporary duty at national disaster sites and for special assignments throughout the United States. He is also a trained mediator. Tim’s daughter (raised in Unity) and family attend and are active in Unity of Wimberley, as does his partner of twenty-five years, Baxter Lawrence, a retired architect, who currently manages the community’s bookstore.
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, in her ministries at Unity Church of Muskegon, Mich., and presently at Unity Church of the Foothills, 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.
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 [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.
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.
Rev Tim Lytle, the senior minister at Unity of Wichita, Kansas, became spiritual leader in 2008 and through Field Licensing became a licensed Unity minister in 2013, ordained in 2015. He currently serves on UWM’s International Connections Ministry Team, the Membership Task Team and has been appointed to UWM’s newly formed International Advisory Council. He began serving in ministry in another faith tradition in 1978. He served as a board-certified chaplain in hospital ministry for 27 years as well as in prison ministry.
Tim has served on numerous interfaith community boards mobilizing social action, equality, campus ministry and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Wichita. He serves on the leadership team for Wichita In Mind, a group that is developing mindfulness classes and projects with veterans, teachers, first responders and children. Tim and his wife Olga Lucia love their connections and time with friends, a number of whom are from the Russian, South American and Iranian communities.
Myra McFadden is a compassionate, joy-filled and energetic Unity Minister who readily expresses a 20-year passion and appreciation for Unity and its teachings. She graduated from the first three-year class of ordained ministers in 2009 and she has served Unity of Kansas City North, Mo., first as an associate minister and now as senior minister for the past four years. Her joy in creating and fostering empowered leadership in true spiritual community has resulted in a highly engaged, diverse ministry with many leaders, unique teams and volunteers. In addition, Myra has enjoyed mentoring numerous ministerial students and she has been active in the Unity Worldwide Ministry teams of Licensing and Ordination, Admissions and Prayer Chaplaincy.
Prior to ministry, Myra was a very successful psychotherapist in the mental health field in Wisconsin for over 30 years. She has a special appreciation for teachings on diversity and finds great satisfaction in bringing people together in authentic ways that are mutually respectful, compassionate, creative and wise. Her honor in joining the UWM Board of Trustees includes the vision of serving with others to do meaningful, powerful work together with extraordinary love, wisdom, inclusiveness and faith.
On a personal level, Myra is happily married to her sweet and talented husband, Lonnie. She has three grown children, April, Danielle and Gabe, and she proudly admits to being a grandmother of five.
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.
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.