Member At Large, Reverend Marge Dale has been involved in the Unity movement for more than 40 years. For 28 years, she served on the executive staff of Unity School of Christianity at Unity’s world headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri, where she was Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Public Relations. Marge’s education and professional experience include human resource management, organizational development and training, public relations and communication. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Unity School for 17 years and served on the Unity Movement Advisory Council (UMAC) for 15 years. She also served on the Admissions and the Licensing and Ordination teams of the Association of Unity Churches. Marge came out of retirement in 2006 to serve as senior minister of Unity at the Lake Church in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, which she and eleven other members founded in 2001. She retired from that position in 2014 and was named minister emeritus. She and her husband, Bill, also an ordained Unity minister, live with their two dogs, Nicole and Ashley, in Sunrise Beach.
While in ministerial training at Unity School for 4 years he lived in Cora Fillmore’s home, worked in the Editorial Department under Cora Fillmore, (the second wife of Charles Fillmore) in compiling “The Revealing World,” “Keep a True Lent” and another book containing materials of Charles Fillmore as yet unpublished. He served in Silent Unity where he met his spiritual partner, Betty, who, although receiving much ministerial training in Unity, was ordained a Divine Science minister by Dr. Joseph Murphy. Betty served untiringly alongside Blaine in roles of leadership until her gentle passing in June, 2015. They had been married almost 60 years, having 4 children, three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Blaine has been a member of IAMU since its founding.
Mary Ellen Swartz has been a member of Unity since teenage years. She holds a BA with a major in religion. Mary Ellen served in Silent Unity for 7 years, and was ordained in 1971 by Rev. Phil Pierson. She serves as co-minister of Unity of Tucson, with her husband, Larry. She has served on various community boards in the Tucson area – was on the Southwest Unity Region board and served as treasurer – is a life member of International New Thought Alliance, and has been a featured speaker – and was an original member of the IAMU. Prior to being elected to the board, Mary Ellen graciously served as the IAMU finance officer (because she is knowledgeable in the Power Church program IAMU uses).
Many years ago, Julie turned to meditation when she was given a fatal prognosis for her 5-year old daughter who had Cystic Fibrosis. Although she was told that her daughter Leslie wouldn’t live to be seven, through the metaphysical principles she learned in Unity and her meditation practice she helped her daughter Leslie to live and thrive into her late forties.
Her first pastoral experience was here as Interim pastor at the Santa Maria Chapel of Light in 1990. She was so impressed with our Pyramid Sanctuary, that she built one just like it in Tallmadge, Ohio, where she served as senior minister for 10 years. Before returning to Santa Maria, Pastor Julie served in six ministries in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Prentiss was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he was introduced to Unity in 1962. He is a graduate of Wayne County Community College, the University of Wisconsin, the Unity Urban Ministerial School in Detroit, and the Unity Institute at Unity Village.
Since his graduation and ordination in 2004, Prentiss has was minister of the Unity Temple of Truth in St. Petersburg for seven-and-a-half years. Since 2013, he has served as minister of Unity of Ocala.
Prentiss has a passion for ensuring the quality of life for the human race which has led him to serve on numerous committees including higher education achievement for minority students and a number of multi-religious organizations. He has also worked to ensure the rights of returning veterans. Prentiss is the past chairman of the NAACP Political Action Committee in St. Petersburg, Florida where he also served as Chaplain for Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast and local hospitals.
He enjoys marriage and being a grandfather of five.