A positive path for spiritual living

Speakers List

Immediately below are the people on this list. Please scroll down for bio, contact and area information for each. 

Revs. Stew or Hillary Bittman, LUT's, former Spiritual Leaders, Interfaith Ministers
Rev. Bob Brach
Rev. Margie Brach
Rev. Richard Carlini

Rev. Dinah Chapman
Linda Davidson
Cindy Farris, LUT
Patricia Haller, LUT, Spiritual Leader
Rev. Cherie Larkin
Rev. Dave Lyman
Rev. Hal Milton
Rev. Sonya Milton
Rev. Phil Pierson
Ron Salazar, LUT
Rev. Karen Schindler
Rev. Larry Schneider
Rev. Alyzsa Van Til
Rev. Irene Whitmore
Rev. Gary Wold

Stew or Hillary Bittman
LUT's, Former Spiritual Leaders, Interfaith Ministers
Based in South Lake Tahoe
Stew and Hillary are the recently-retired (end of February 2019) Spiritual Leaders at Unity at the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, CA. They led that ministry for 12 years. Either could be available on a Sunday.

Rev. Bob Brach
Minister, Unity in Action
Based in Sacramento
Bob was ordained in 2009 with Unity Institute's Masters in Divinity. He was a regular speaker at several ministries in Missouri and hosts "Unity Classic Radio: Words from Our Past". Bob teaches SEE and Unity Basics classes throughout the WCR and facilitates workshops on The Rhetoric of Charles Fillmore. He will speak individually or co-speak with his wife, Rev. Margie Brach. 

Rev. Margie Brach
Minister, Unity in Action
Based in Sacramento
Margie was ordained in 2007 and does guest speaking, teaching and workshops. She has spoken throughout the West Central Region, the Midwest, and at Unity of New York. Her special passion is to empower young adults (under 40) working toward Unity licensing or ordination by co-teaching required SEE courses with them. She served Unity Worldwide Ministries as Director of Credentialing from 2007 to 2012. She will speak individually or co-speak with her husband, Rev. Bob Brach. 

Rev. Richard Carlini RN BA C-RNPC
Creating Solutions in Post-Acute Care

Walnut Creek, CA

After completing the Unity Personal Development Program, he became a Chaplain at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City and then attended Unity School of Relgious Studies, graduated, and was ordained in 2004. After
ordination, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and pioneered a ministry in Central Pheonix. In 2008, he moved to Seattle and became the Associate Minister of Adult Education at Seattle Unity. Rev. Rich has served on various

ministry teams, taught multiple classes and is preparing to teach a class on Grief and Bereavement for the Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. He has been a Registered Nurse for 44 years and has been involved in hospices
nationwide for the last 25 years.

Rev. Dinah Chapman
Minister, Unity Joy Abundantly Expressing Ministries
Rev. Dinah graduated from Unity Institute and Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained in 2016. She has an alternative Unity ministry, Unity Joy Abundantly Expressing Ministries. Dinah served as a Licensed Unity Teacher, song leader, workshop leader and prayer chaplain prior to becoming an ordained minister. She is also a singer/songwriter and enjoys singing at Unity churches regionally and nationwide and has provided music for several West Central Region events. She enjoys sharing positive, life-affirming music and a message that uplifts the soul and transforms lives. Her latest CD, Rivers of Living Waters, can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.com. She can be contacted for singing special music or speaking or both and is open to doing house concerts and teaching classes.  

Linda Davidson
Ministry Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, Speaker
Based in Sacramento
Linda is a Consultant Guide with the Unity Transformation Experience Program. She has an MS degree in Counseling with an emphasis in organizational development and many years of consulting and training experience. She has worked with a variety of Unity churches and given a workshop for the West Central Region. The focus of Linda's work is in creating strong committed church communities, enlightened leaders, effective boards and teams, and strategic planning. Linda comes recommended by Rev. Michael Moran, formerly of Spiritual Life Center, and Rev. Mary Masters, Unity of Buffalo.

Rev. Cindy Farris, (Minister of Religious Science and LUT)
Interfaith and Religious Science Minister, Religious Science Practitioner
Cindy J. Farris is a Licensed Unity Teacher, as well as an Interfaith and Religious Science minister and a Religious Science Practitioner. She served as church administrator for Clarity Academy of Spiritual Arts, a Religious Science church in Sacramento for 2-½ years. As former Adult Education Director at Unity of Sacramento, education has always been her passion, and is reflected in her teaching style as a speaker. In that role she implemented a strong adult education program. She still serves as a classroom teacher in California public schools and continues to teach spiritual education classes at local Unity churches.

Patricia Haller
LUT, Spiritual Leader
Based in the Grass Valley and Clear Lake areas
Patricia is the Spiritual Leader at Unity Clear Lake Center and an LUT at Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center (Grass Valley), where she often speaks.

Rev. Cherie Larkin
Based in the Sacramento area

Cherie Larkin is an international teacher for the advancement of prosperity. Widely recognized for her uniqye and powerful interpretation of spiritual principle, Cherie has led thousands through the Spirit-awakening work proven to transform lives and generate abundance. She is one of the most listened-to voices for building wealth consciousness for your life or for your ministry. Ordained by Unity School of Christianity, Cherie served 14 years as Senior Pastor at Unity of Nashville. Originally part of Unity of Sacramento, Cherie is happy to have "come home" to the Sacramento area where she is developing an internet ministry. In her signature Wealth Builder Training offered at www.cherielarkin.com, Cherie has created a collection of the most powerful wealth-building spiritual principles. Her Sunday messages include a single Sunday of "Prosperity Proficiencies for You" or she can offer a Prosperity series over 2-3 consecutive Sundays. Cherie holds a degree in Finance from CSU, Sacramento, and an MBA. She hosted "What Successful People Know" on Unity.FM. She is President of Strategic Action Ministries, her spirit-based fund raising company, which has successfully raised over $10 million for Unity ministries throughout the nation.

Rev. Dave Lyman
interfaith Minister, Life Teachings
Based in the Sacramento area
Dave was ordained in 2005 and recently finished many years as Assistant Minister of Chaplaincy at Spiritual Life Center. He and his wife Rachel facilitated the successful Wednesday night program, “Interfaith Connection,” which was an exploration of faith traditions and music throughout the world. He is available for speaking and workshops and brings a humorous, down home style that is spiritually based. Please click here if you would like to check out videos of Interfaith Connection services. 

Revs. Hal and Sonya Milton
Based in Napa
Hal and Sonya have an alternative Unity ministry, InsideOut Ministries, based in Napa. Hal is also a faciliator in non-violent communication, and Sonya is was most recently the minister at Unity San Francisco and the Regional Judicatory Representative. 

Rev. Phil Pierson
Based in the Reno area

Rev. Phil Pierson began his ministry at the Unity Church in Seattle, Washington, establishing Unity ministries in Bellevue, Everett and Bellingham, WA. He then led the ministry in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he and his wife and co-Minister, Dorothy, built the beautiful Unity Church at Diamond Head. In 1967, they moved to what was then Christ Unity Church in Sacramento, CA, (now Unity of Sacramento) serving there for 35 years and helping to establish many new Unity centers throughout Northern California. The Piersons broadcast their inspiring television show, The Best Is Yet to Be, for over 25 years, interviewing hundreds of leaders on the cutting edge of spirituality, including Buckminster Fuller and Drs. Carl Simonton, Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey and Norman Shealy. Most recently, Rev. Pierson served as Vice President of Education at Unity Institute, Unity Village, MO. He has recently published The Metaphysics of Buckminster Fuller, How to Let the Universe Work for You! His newest book, The Twelve Freedoms, will be published soon as well.

Rev. Phil has recently moved from Sacramento to Reno, where he is focusing on completing his latest book. He is available to visit, speak and lead workshops at your Ministry. He looks forward to seeing you and reconnecting with his Unity family. To invite Rev. Phil to your center, he can be reached at dpbest@sbcglobal.net

Ron Salazar
LUT, Unity of Walnut Creek
Ron’s talks are based in Unity Principles, speaking to our expression of our Christ Potential as Jesus Christ, our wayshower did. His main references are Unity leaders such as the Fillmores, Eric Butterworth, Emily Cady, and James Dillert Freeman, along with Jesus. He draws much from his own life experiences and those of well-known people, which lends his talks to “Practical Spiritual Growth". Ron also teaches classes and workshops at Unity of Walnut Creek on a variety of topics, including his Spring 2017 series on Spiritual Prosperity.

Rev. Karen Schindler
Minister, Unity of Auburn
Based in Auburn/Sacramento area

Karen is Co-Minister with her husband, Mark, at Unity of Auburn. She has an ML degree in Adult Education and is certified in Appreciative Inquiry. She also offers workshops on Appreciative Leadership for church boards. Feel free to contact her about guest speaking or to discuss types of training she offers and availability.

Rev. Larry Schneider
Based in Carson City / Reno / Tahoe area

Until recently, Larry served as Senior Minister at Unity of the Sierra since his ordination in 2002. He is currently President of the WCR Board, has been a guest speaker at other Unity ministries, and has taught classes and presented workshops for SEE, Asilomar and other retreats and conferences. Larry is a master at adult education and his students consistently describe him as delightful, mystical, fun-loving, caring and light-hearted. Larry's greatest joy comes when he helps others discover their True Self. His favorite course, A Mystic's Journey, is one he created and designed to help students reach their highest state of spiritual well-being (that of becoming a mystic). Larry is available for Sunday lessons, classes and workshops.

Rev. Alyzsa Van Til
Minister, Speaker, Teacher
Based in the Windsor/Santa Rosa area
Alyzsa is a former Associate Minister at Unity Palo Alto and has spoken in the recent past at the Ukiah, Clear Lake and Santa Rosa churches, among others. She often teaches classes and workshops at Unity of Santa Rosa. 

Rev. Irene Whitmore
Based in the Manteca area
Irene has served Unity on the Delta (now Unity Center for Inspired Living in Brentwood) and Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose, and often guest speaks at Unity of Stockton. She gives a solid Unity talk, often drawing from her own experiences, which makes her message intimate, interesting, moving and meaningful.

Rev. Gary Wold, Interfaith Minister
Guest Speaker
Based in the Modesto area
Gary is an ordained Interfaith Minister who has spent the decades from his early twenties until now, through five careers, as a facilitator, coach, mentor, and teacher. Gary came into New Thought through Religious Science, and he has been active in Religious Science and Unity. He attended and worked with five different Unity churches including Unity of Modesto. Gary has served over five years as a Unity Prayer Chaplain and as a Prayer Chaplain trainer, he also serves as a Police Chaplain for the Ceres Police Dept.