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Julie is senior minister at Mountain Light Unity Spiritual Center 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.
First Vice Chair
Mary has been senior minister at Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Buffalo, New York, since 2003. Her passion for organizational development, financial responsibility, and spiritual leadership are demonstrated through her ministry, her five years on the board of Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Eastern Region, and in service in the Buffalo community. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and organizational behavior and a master's in managerial communications. She was a licensed Unity teacher prior to ordination.
Second Vice Chair
Ross has served in positions of leadership in Unity churches since first serving on the board of trustees in his home ministry in 1990. Ross graduated from the Unity School for Religious Studies in 1998 and served successfully at Unity Church of Sussex County, New Jersey, before taking his present position as cominister of Unity Spiritual Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ross is a team-builder who has been a visionary in implementing programs designed to save energy and help transform the planet. He is dedicated to youth and family ministry and sees the future of Unity in the expansion of programs for the youth of our Unity movement.
Rev. Karen Tudor has a 20-year background in health care, 14 years in ministry and is a former Senior Associate Minister for Unity Church of Christianity, Houston. Karen has served as a hospice chaplain and is now leading the Unity Church of Practical Christianity in New Braunfels, Texas, 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 the Association of Unity Churches at both the regional and national levels. Rev. Tudor cohosts 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 four 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.
Rev. Temple Hayes was ordained a Unity minister in 2007. She has served as a New Thought minister since 1991, pioneering two churches and serving two others. Rev. Temple currently serves as senior minister and CEO of First Unity in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a visionary spiritual leader with a strong business mind and outstanding corporate management and entrepreneurial skills. She has been in the military, the corporate world, sales, a life coach, a speaking coach, and is a highly trained professional recruiter. Through her deep compassion for individuals' inalienable rights, she created Life Rights, a global ministry dedicated to helping people live the principle of respecting the right of all life to live in freedom and in peace. Temple Hayes Ministries is a model for “making a difference” through the work they do with the homeless and hungry in their community, through their work in Cuba, their active Haiti mission, and other global outreach efforts. Beyond her role as a spiritual leader, Rev. Temple is a trained shamanic healer and has a batting average of .616. She was selected as an All American Softball player in 1979.
Rev. Steve Cordry was ordained in June 2000 and recently retired, after 12 years of service, as the minister of Unity on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Steve is now pursuing the development of a not-for-profit education association called Shine, along with Shine’s founder, Jeanne Reilly Burgess.
Steve recently completed an eight-year term of service as a trustee of Unity’s Eastern Region, serving the last three as president. Active in the interfaith movement, he served five years as the chair of the Cape Cod Interfaith Coalition. Steve serves on Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Prosperity; Budget and Finance; and Healing, Health, and Wholeness Ministry Teams. Prior to ministry, Steve enjoyed a career in health care management and hospital administration. His passions include tennis, motorcycling, and writing.
Jack has been active in Unity for over a decade, including leadership positions and service as a chaplain. He spent 11 years with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and currently is a successful attorney at law regarding labor relations, civil rights, and health systems. Jack has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Unity on the Bay, Miami, Florida.
Diane is a Unity minister with more than 15 years' dedicated service to churches and youth and family ministry programs. Diane has a bachelor's degree in interior design and more than 25 years' experience in arts and design, managing her own interior design business for six years. Diane is the children's education ministry consultant for 120 churches in the Great Lakes Region. She is the founder and executive director of the Spirit's Light Foundation. 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 the skills to see the big picture.
Laura Barrett Bennett
Rev. Laura Barrett Bennett has been a Unity minister for 28 years. She served at Unity Church of Flint, Michigan, and currently at Unity Renaissance Spiritual Life Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. 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 for and motivated a lifelong 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 cohost of New World Radio for Unity online and WTAR in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 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.
Rev. Carol Ford Amos was ordained in 1983. She is a native of Detroit and is currently serving as adjunct minister of Detroit Unity Temple. During Rev. Carol’s extensive career in Unity, she has served as an associate minister in Toronto, Canada, and as a senior minister in Asbury Park, New Jersey; Arlington, Texas; Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan. She also served as a professional hospital chaplain for nine years. In 1995 she was chosen Minister of the Year in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rev. Carol has a bachelor's degree in business, with equal minors in marketing and management, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership, and postgraduate work in organizational analysis, from Western Michigan University. She has attended and facilitated numerous workshops and seminars in many areas of spirituality, coaching, education, and business, and has served on several committees for Unity, including eight years on the Licensing and Ordination ministry team. Rev. Carol is the mother of seven adult children, grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother to seven.
Harry Simmons has been a Unity student for more than 40 years. His first Unity church home was Christ Unity Temple (CUT) in Chicago, founded by the Reverend Johnnie Coleman. During his 20 years of membership, he served as an usher, parking lot attendant, and for six years as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. Harry and his wife are currently active members of Unity Christ Church of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia. During his current tenure, as President of the Board of Directors, the Church has accomplished a very successful fund-raising campaign and will complete their new building within the next three months. As an educator, Harry has served as a public school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. His present occupation as a Human Resources Administrator for Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia includes recruiting, hiring, motivating, and supporting employees. Harry’s vision, clarity, and commitment to the principles of Unity and their practice have been the cornerstone of his life, his career, and his dedicated service to others.
Tim Alderman has been a Unity Student for more than 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 D.C. 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 U.S. Public Health Service and the Department of Defense. Currently, Tim serves as the project manager for the U.S. 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 25 years, Baxter Lawrence, a retired architect, who currently manages the community’s bookstore.