Unity Leaders

Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village (UWH) serves spiritual seekers and Unity constituents through prayer support, publications, retreats and events, and online resources. Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) supports Unity ministers, leaders, and Unity spiritual communities with leading-edge education, consultation, and resources.


Sharon Ketchum

Sharon KetchumChair

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. Myra McFadden

Second Vice-Chair

Rev. Myra McFadden is a compassionate, joy-filled and energetic Unity minister who has expressed a strong passion and appreciation for Unity and its teachings ever since she walked into a Unity church in 1995. She graduated from the licensed teacher program in 2005 and was a member of the first three-year class of ministers in 2009. At Unity of Kansas City North, Kansas City, Mo., Myra served first as an associate minister and since 2011 as senior minister. Her joy in creating and fostering authentic community and empowered leadership has resulted in a highly engaged, diverse ministry with many leaders, unique teams and volunteers.

She actively demonstrates the practice of oneness, and sponsored an extraordinary “We Are One!” peace rally consisting of many faith traditions, walks of life, police officers and music that brought peace, hope and faith to many. She has formed bonds with two sister churches—one from the inner city of Kansas City, Mo., and the other in Enugu, Nigeria. In addition, Myra has mentored numerous ministerial students and she participates in various Unity Worldwide Ministries Ministry Teams such as Licensing and Ordination, Admissions and Colleague Connections.

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 others by doing 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 McMahon


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.


Tom Armour


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.


Rev. Richard Bunch

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. Sylvia Sumter


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. Paulette Pipe

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.


Rev. Toni Fish

First Vice-Chair

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.


Rev. Doris Hoskins


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.


Tim Alderman

Member, Emeritus Board Chair

Tim Alderman has been a Unity student for over 36 years—and served in leadership roles including Youth of Unity sponsor, prayer chaplain, and past president of the board of four Unity spiritual communities: First Unity Temple in El Paso, Texas; Unity Center of El Paso, Texas; Unity of Washington DC; and 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 Maggie is a UWSI (Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute) student on the ministerial tract and is active at Unity of Wimberley. Tim's husband of 31 years, Baxter Lawrence, a retired architect, currently manages the community's bookstore.


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."


Rev. Tim Lytle

Rev. Tim LytleMember

Rev. Tim Lytle is an ordained Unity minister serving as senior minister at Unity of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the minister at Unity of Wichita, Kansas, before that for more than eight years. He serves on various leadership teams in Unity Worldwide Ministries including teams that support, plan, and work with the international work of Unity. Tim graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with bachelor’s degrees in religion and in speech communications and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), both in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a pastor for nine 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 more than 28 years. Concurrent with his work, he was deeply involved in volunteer prison ministry for more than 12 years. Tim has been involved in and studied various forms of meditation and spiritual practices from traditions all across the world. His mission is the spiritual awakening of individuals through experiencing and realizing oneness.


Donna Johnson

Donna JohnsonPresident/CEO

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.


Rev. Shad Groverland

Rev. Shad GroverlandMember

Rev. Shad Groverland was born and raised in Unity under the loving wisdom and guidance of Revs. Jack and Norma Groverland, ministers at Unity of Boulder, Colorado. Though he grew up in church, his first passion was music production, which led him to earn a bachelor of science degree in sound engineering from the University of Colorado and start a 25-year career in sound. He went to work in Los Angeles, California, mixing sound for television and feature films before moving on to Las Vegas, Nevada, to mix live concerts and theatrical productions.

Rev. Shad received his own call to ministry in 2012. In 2015 he graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School and was ordained in 2016. While in school, he was hired at Unity of Las Vegas, where he served for five years. He then returned home to Unity of Boulder to cominister with his sister, Syntysche, and father, Jack, where he is today. Rev. Shad is also currently serving as chair of the UWM HUG Fund committee and as a member of the Unity Focusing Forward Task Team and Unity People's Convention Ministry Team.