Board Members

Marge DaleRev Marge Dale
President
margedale@gmail.com

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.

 

Mary Ellen Swartz NewMary Ellen Swartz
Treasurer
Maryellen@unitytucson.com

 

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).

 

Ed WilliamsRev. Edwin Williams
reved1@cox.net
Board Secretary

Edwin (Ed) was licensed as a Unity Minister in 1999 and ordained in 2000. He and his wife, Dian, served as co-ministers at Unity Center of Tulsa, OK, from 1999 to 2003, where he established their first internet presence. In April 2003, the Williams moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas, where they joined the ministerial team at Unity Church of Houston. Ed developed and ran the Pastoral Care program for the church of over 1500 members; established a dynamic and vibrant Couples in Unity program with 400+ participants on the email list. In October 2009, Ed left church ministry to start his own Internet ministry, Ministerial and Pastoral Care Services (www.mandpcs.org). Dian joined him in 2010. In addition to their on-line ministry, Ed works is on the board of three other nonprofit organizations, “Compassion Fayetteville” and “Interfaith Harmony” and Terra Studios in their hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is talented in Information Technology and web design. Ed is also a retired Air Force Officer who served in the Strategic Air Command as a Minuteman Launch and Control Officer.

 

blainemaysphotoThe Rev. Blaine Conwell Mays, D.D. Unity Minister
info@newthoughtalliance.org
Member At Large

I became a Unity minister in 1955 at 22 years of age. Served three Unity Churches, including Unity of Phoenix for 27 years. Became co-minister of Community Church of New Thought in 1991 (A church his parents founded) as well as Dean of the Lola Pauline Mays New Thought School of Ministry. His mother was an ordained Unity minister. His father was aspiring to becoming a Unity minister, but they switched to Religious Science Ministry because they felt it gave them greater freedom in training ministers of New Thought, ultimately the same reason they became independent New Thought ministers with the founding of Community Church of New Thought and the Lola Pauline Mays New Thought School of Ministry. Their background was as educators. Their great thrust was to teach teachers of New Thought. Blaine’s sister, Dr. Mimi C. Ronnie, is a life-time student of New Thought and has been—and remains—COO of INTA  and Managing Editor of the New Thought magazine since 1976.
The Association of Unity Churches conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree upon Blaine in 1976. He has served the International New Thought Alliance for 47 years: 36 years as President, 32 years as CEO (the position he presently holds), Executive Board Member for 41 years, and a District President for 4 years.
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.
Reverend Julie Johnson
reverendjulie.johnson@gmail.com
Member At Large

Reverend Julie began as pastor and spiritual leader at Unity Chapel of Light Santa Maria, California on July 1, 2016. She is a clinical psychologist, Life Coach, Hypno-therapist, Reiki Master and a trained and seasoned meditator. Through her meditation practice she has developed a deep connection to the higher energies that has sharpened her intuition and helped her become a very insightful counselor.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.

Rev. Johnson feels that her greatest gifts, which have been strengthened through her regular meditation practice, are her innate ability to relate to people on all levels, and her ability to combine spiritual truth, metaphysical principles and psychological dynamics in order to help people make dramatic changes in their lives.

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.

 

Larry SwartzRev. Larry Swartz
unity@unitytucson.com
Member Emeritus

Larry was ordained a Unity Minister in 1966 and with his wife, Mary Ellen, also a Unity minister, they have provided spiritual leadership for Unity of Tucson  since 1966.  He served in the Air Force over three years and earned an Associate of Arts Degree prior to entering ministerial training school.   Over the years Larry has earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Religion from the American World University.  Larry was the President and Chairman of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches as well as other areas of service within the Southwest Region and the International New Thought Alliance.  Larry and Mary Ellen are the proud parents of three adult children, two grandchildren, and one cat.

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