Diane is a Unity minister with more than 18 years dedicated service to churches and youth and family ministry programs. She began her service at Unity of Oak Park, Ill., and currently serves as the Youth & Family Minister at Unity Northwest in Des Plaines, Ill. She has a passion for creating programs and experiences that call forth the Divine in each individual. She has written 19 curricula for Unity youth and family ministry programs and has three more currently in development. Diane has served on Unity Worldwide Ministries Education Services Team and is currently the chair of the Visionary Spiritual Education Ministry Team. This team creates opportunities for individuals to share their gifts and talents in support of multigenerational ministry. Diane is also the youth and family ministry consultant for both the Great Lakes Region and the Eastern Region, supporting over one hundred ministries in their desire to create enriching programs for children, teens and families. Diane is a certified spiritual educator, a licensed Unity teacher, and an ordained Unity minister through the Field Licensing Program. She is a visionary leader with not only the skills to see the big picture but the drive to bring it into being.
Second Vice-ChairRev 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.
Christopher O'Brien AsheMember
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 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. They are now providing consulting, training and mediation services to churches under their 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."
Having been active in Unity for a decade, including leadership positions and service as a chaplain, Jack was appointed to the UWM Board in 2009 and then elected in 2012. His career as an attorney has involved service at the federal, state and local government levels for over 35 years. Although he has worked as a health care lawyer for almost 30 years, earlier he practiced civil rights law with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for 11 years and has advised numerous governmental and non-profit boards. Starting in 2010, Jack and his wife, Rev Johannys Jiménez-Hartog, a Unity minister, pioneered Misión Unity, a Spanish-language Unity church presently in Weston, Florida.
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
Mary has been the senior minister at Unity of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, since 2003. During her time in Buffalo, the ministry has engaged the Appreciative Inquiry process and completed the Transformation Experience as part of its journey to grow and evolve as a vibrant and thriving ministry. Unity of Buffalo is a spiritual and cultural arts center for Western New York with a strong outreach into the community as well. Mary serves on the Board of Governors, and was co-president, of the Network of Religious Communities for WNY. Her passion for the Unity movement has been expressed through her service on the Eastern Region Board and now Unity Worldwide Ministries' (UWM) board. Mary served five years on the Eastern Region board, including four years as the regional president from 2005-09. While being on the UWM board, Mary has served as the board's first Financial Accountability Officer and chaired the UWM Prosperity Team. Prior to ordination in 2002, Mary was a licensed Unity teacher. She has a master's degree in managerial communications and 20 years of administrative experience working in intercollegiate athletics.
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.
Laura Barrett Bennett
Rev Laura Barrett Bennett has been a Unity minister for twenty-eight years. She served at Unity Church of Flint, Mich., and is currently at Unity Renaissance Spiritual Life Center in Chesapeake, Va. She has also been chairperson of Biblical Studies and Skills for Unity's international ministerial and adult education programs. Her love for Unity has given her a deep appreciation and motivated a life-long study of the Bible, spirituality, world religions, and adult education and leadership. She has facilitated classes, conducted workshops, and hosted a radio program for people in her local community and throughout the international Unity movement. She is a past president of the Great Lakes Region. She is co-host of New World Radio for UnityOnline Radio and WTAR in Hampton Roads, Va., and author of The Wisdom and Power of Scripture and writer for other Unity educational materials and texts. She was elected to the board in June 2011.
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
Julie is senior minister at Unity of Evergreen at Red Rocks in Evergreen, Colorado. She has served as regional representative and chair of Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Standards Ministry Team. Serving as a member of the Credentialed Leaders/Ministries Review System (CLMRS, now renamed Ethics Review System), she has chaired the judicatory regional representatives. Julie also served on the Licensing and Ordination Ministry Team. With a professional background in accounting, Julie has more than 20 years of business experience working in nonprofit corporations.
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.
Sharon Ketchum is the senior minister of Unity Kitchener, Canada, where she has 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.
Keeper of the FlameRev 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.