Making a positive difference

Unity Worldwide Ministries History

The Association of Unity Churches was created in the mid-1960s to serve the needs of the churches and ministers throughout the movement.

As the Unity movement was growing, it became increasingly complex to manage the needs of the field ministries. In the mid-1960s, Unity School of Christianity suggested that Unity ministers form a group to support the work of the churches. This resulted in better services for the churches and ministers.

Our organization overarching/ongoing services include:

  • Progressive, transparent, frequent and interactive communication through multiple mediums
  • Education, CE credits, credentialing 
  • Employment services for ministers and ministries
  • Expansion and alternative ministry support
  • Leadership training and development for boards, ministry teams, etc.
  • Administrative support/consulting – HR policy, IRS, pension, manse, etc.
  • Expansion and alternative ministry support
  • Leadership training and development for boards, ministry teams, etc.
  • Administrative support/consulting – HR policy, IRS, pension, manse, etc.
  • Ministry Skills (formerly Peace Skills) consultations and ethics peer review
  • Events – Convention, Winter Meeting, IYOU, ministry team meetings, consultant trainings
  • Marketing of UWM’s services and products to the field


The formation of the Association of Unity Churches created two major organizations within the movement─the Association being the lesser-known. In 2011, the Association of Unity Churches International adopted the Unity Identity Program. As a result, we changed our name to Unity Worldwide Ministries. This focus on the Unity brand is uniting and strengthening our movement, making us more easily recognizable to the general public.

A history of Unity

"Development of Unity Worldwide Ministries" article  by Tom Thorpe

 

2015-2016Tim Alderman

2014-2015Diane Venzera

2013-2014Mary Masters

2013-2014Julie Armour
2012-2013Jim Lee

2011-2012David McArthur

2010-2011Julie Montague
2009-2010Marilyn Muehlbach
2008-2009Dan Holloway
2007-2008Pat Williamson
2006-2007Roger Goodwin
2005-2006Juan Enrique Toro
2004-2005Argentina Glasgow
2003-2004Clare Austin
2002-2003Diane Sickler
2001-2002Richard Mantei
2000-2001Sharon Connors
1999-2000John Strickland
1998-1999Jimmie Scott
1997-1998Norma Iris Rosado
1996-1997Joel W. Baehr
1995-1996
♦1929-2013Martha "Pat" Barker
1994-1995Alan Rowbotham
1993-1994Edie Skalitzky
1992-1993R. Scott Sherman
1991-1992Nancy Neal
1990-1991V. Stanford Hampson
1989-1990Maya Brandenberger
1988-1989Jim Rosemergy
1987-1988Larry Swartz
1986-1987Marshall "Max" Lafser
1985-1986Jay Dishman
1983-1985 (2 terms)
♦1930-1988Jack Barker
1982-1983Ruth Mosley
1981-1982David McClure
1980-1981Jack E. Boland
1979-1980
♦1924-1992Bernard Dozier
1978-1979Paul C. Barrett
1977-1978
♦1927-2001Joyce Kramer
1976-1977James C. Lewis
1975-1976
♦1927-1991Robert L. Stevens
1974-1975
♦1930-2013

Dorothy M. Pierson
1973-1974
♦1916-2013

Grover Thornsberry
1972-1973
♦1921-1992Glenn Mosley
1971-1972Phillip M. Pierson
1970-1971Johnnie Colemon
1969-1970William W. Helmbold
1968-1969
♦1915-1997Mary L. Kupferle
1967-1968
♦1916-2003Charles A Neal
1966-1967
♦1910-2004