Unity Leaders

Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village serves spiritual seekers and Unity constituents through prayer support, publications, education, retreats and events, and online resources. Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) serves Unity ministers and leaders, Unity spiritual communities, and other ministries, providing program materials, resources, and educational initiatives.

Members of the Unity World Headquarters Board of Directors can be contacted at board@unityonline.org.  

Rev. Marilyn Muehlbach

Rev. Marilyn Muehlbach

Board Chair

Marilyn has a bachelor's degree in economics from Denison University and served as minister of Unity Church of North Idaho in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for 20 years. She was a member of the Association of Unity Churches International Board of Trustees, serving as Chair in 2008–2009. She also serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene.

 
Rev. Sylvia Sumter

Stephen M. Cumbie

Stephen has an extensive background in commercial and residential real estate development. He presently serves as CEO and principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail, and the Metro Realty group. He is also the president of NVCapital Advisors, a real estate investment fund. In addition, he has leadership roles in a number of community, business, and charitable organizations in the Washington, D.C., area. A member of Unity of Fairfax Church in Oakton, Virginia, for more than 20 years, he served on its Board of Trustees and led its building committee.

 
Melanie Dean

Melanie Dean

Melanie Dean, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, founded, grew, and sold a successful publishing business that specialized in producing books, assessment systems, and educational materials on psychiatric disorders. As part of this process, she authored the book Borderline Personality Disorder: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies, and she created and patented two patient-physician communication systems for chronic disorders. Previous to this, she practiced in corporate, outpatient, and inpatient settings in human resource development, general counseling, and clinical psychology. She has been active in Unity for eight years and served her local congregation as board director and member of the board. In addition, Melanie has been an active member of various other profit and nonprofit governing boards.

 
Rev. Bill Englehart

Rev. Bill Englehart

Bill has been senior minister at the Unity In Marin church since 2006. Before being called to ministry, he spent 18 years in the field of human resources management. On his last assignment as an international human resources director, he lived and worked in London as an expatriate for a Fortune 50 corporation. Bill currently resides in Northern California.

 
Doug Harris

Doug Harris

Doug has attended Harvard's Graduate School of Business and has been featured in Who's Who in America publications. He has more than 30 years of management-level experience with corporations such as Knight Ridder, Inc., and United Airlines.

 
Rev. Carolyne Mathlin

Rev. Carolyne Mathlin

Carolyne is an ordained Unity minister, SQ21 coach, and senior minister at Unity of Tustin, located in Southern California. She has served as president of the Southwest Regional Board, as a member of the Unity Church of Alhambra Foundation Board, and the Youth Education Advisory Team. Rev. Carolyne received her bachelor of science in business administration from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 2002. Her primary spiritual practice is Centering Prayer—weaving the Unity tradition of the Silence in with other meditation practices.

 
Michael Sheets

Michael A. Sheets, LUT

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Kansas. He is retired from a career in the general aviation field. A Licensed Unity Teacher, Michael has been an active member of Unity of Wichita for nearly 30 years. He has volunteered with numerous community cancer support groups, including Us TOO International and the Via Christi Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council. He served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.

 

 
Blake Williamson

Blake J. Williamson, M.D., M.S.

Blake is an experienced health care executive and physician with more than 20 years of leadership and management experience creating innovative solutions to the toughest challenges in health care. Throughout his career, in roles that included chief medical officer, senior medical director, and senior vice president for major health care systems, Blake has cultivated a reputation for helping organizations understand and manage health care’s constant changes while delivering clinical business objectives on time and on budget. He currently owns and manages a health care consulting company where he helps organizations create infrastructure that improves quality and efficiency for the future. He has been associated with Unity for more than 25 years.

 
Rev. Charline E. Manuel

Rev. Charline E. Manuel

Charline is an ordained Unity minister. She has bachelor’s degrees in sociology and urban studies, and a master’s in human resources development. For more than 20 years she has served as senior minister of Unity Center of Miami, in Miami, Florida. Charline also serves as online adjunct faculty instructor for the Unity Urban Ministerial School located in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to her various roles within the Unity movement, Charline is also an accomplished author of three books including Pray Up Your Life: 50 Powerful Prayer Practices to Help You Create the Life You Desire.

 
Rev. Paul John Roach

Rev. Paul John Roach

Paul is a native of Wales, United Kingdom, and has been the senior minister at Unity of Fort Worth, Texas, since 1988 after ordination from Unity School for Religious Studies. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English. He received a postgraduate degree in education from the University of Wales. Paul is a world traveler and an accomplished writer who frequently contributes to Unity Magazine®. He is also the host of World Spirituality on Unity Online Radio.