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.

John McMahon

John McMahonChair

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 throughout 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.

John has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a Master’s of Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is a member of Unity of Venice, Florida.


Rev. Doris Hoskins

Rev. Doris HoskinsFirst Vice-Chair

Rev. Doris Hoskins (ordained 1994) is a believer in collaborative ministry. She began her ministry by cofounding a church, High Country Unity, in Littleton, Colorado (now Unity of Littleton) with Rev. Scott Schell, where she served for five years. Called in 2000 by New Thought Unity Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, to become the cosenior minister with Rev. Pat Williamson, she served at New Thought for 11 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, Kentucky. Doris is the designer of the Harmony Pendant and the creator of An Integral Approach to Sustainable Prosperity, a 12-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, Arkansas, in November of 1987, and Unity has been her spiritual path ever since. She is grateful to Rev. Gary Simmons, Th.D., 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) from 1999-2000. She completed her master’s degree at Fielding University in Santa Barbara, California, in 2012 with a degree in organizational management and development with an emphasis in integral studies. Doris is now a minister-at-large in Colorado.


Rev. Sylvia Sumter

Rev. Sylvia SumterSecond Vice-Chair

Rev. Sylvia E. Sumter has served as the senior minister of Unity of Washington, D.C., since 1991. Prior to this, she served as the chairperson of the Communication Studies and Skills Department at Unity Institute® and Seminary (now Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute), in Unity Village, Missouri. 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 and a dynamic and energetic speaker, yet she has an unassuming manner. Rev. Sylvia 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. Valerie Mansfield

Rev. Valerie MansfieldTreasurer

Rev. Valerie Mansfield currently serves as the senior minister at Unity of Louisville, Kentucky. She began serving Unity of Louisville in 2002 as the youth and family ministry director and as the associate minister.

Additionally, Valerie is ministry consultant at Unity of East Louisville, Kentucky. That includes assisting in the reorganization of the ministry; conducting one or two worships monthly, board trainings, and healing circles. She also oversees church staff and volunteers.

She is adjunct faculty at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, teaching basic ministry financial management. She has experience in good business practices in administration, mapping organizational policies and procedures, and financial management. Her strengths are in training, managing, finances, and networking computer systems.

Valerie’s mission is to move forward in life with ease and grace, illuminating her way and those around her with integrity, compassion, and bliss.


Tim Alderman

Tim AldermanSecretary and Emeritus Board Chair

Tim Alderman has served on the board since 2013. He was the first lay leader board president of the UWM board. Tim has served in various roles at several Unity churches including Washington, D.C.; Texas; Virginia; and Washington. Tim is currently a member at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas. As treasurer in Wimberley, Tim worked with the board to shift the consciousness to tithing on what we wanted to receive, instead of tithing on what we had received.

Professionally, Tim was a human relations director in Washington, D.C., and Belgium. His experiences have taught him the importance of listening to all sides of a situation in addition to listening to his inner voice. Currently program manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tim works with staff located throughout the U.S. He has rebuilt teams and trained six of the Army’s top interns. For this work, Tim was awarded the highest civilian service award and other awards.


Rev. Sharon Ketchum

Rev. Sharon KetchumMember and Emerita Board Chair

Rev. Sharon Ketchum has been the minister at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing (USCL), Michigan, since 2016. USCL is a mission-centric ministry created in 2015 by the merging of two Unity congregations in the Lansing area. After a devastating fire in 2019, the ministry will move in to its new campus January 1, 2021.

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, technology, and the evolving role of ministry as a community activity.

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. Jeanmarie Eck

Rev. Jeanmarie EckMember

Rev. Jeanmarie Eck is an ordained Unity minister (2014) serving as associate minister at Unity of Houston, Texas, since 2014. She holds a master of divinity from Unity Institute and Seminary and is a licensed Unity teacher in adult education. She is a spiritual director and graduate of the Certification in Spiritual Direction program at Perkins School of Theology. She serves on the UWM Spiritual Direction Team and served on one of the interview teams for the UWM Executive Director position.

Jeanmarie has served at Silent Unity®, Unity Village Chapel, and Unity of New York. She is a regular contributor to Unity booklets. A lifelong professional performing artist, she also holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Mississippi, where she was an instructor and course coordinator, and a bachelor’s in theatre arts and music from Rollins College. In addition, she has held management positions in both the arts and U.S. government.

As a wife, mother of a young child, and cofounder of Unity Moms, Jeanmarie is passionate about sharing the power of Unity principles with youth, families, and adults.


Rev. Tim Lytle

Rev. Tim LytleMember

Rev. Tim Lytle is an ordained Unity minister serving as senior minister at Unity in Marin, Novato, California. He was the minister in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Wichita, Kansas, prior to that. He serves on various leadership teams in UWM including teams that support, plan, and work with the international work of Unity (a passion of his).

Tim graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University (bachelor’s 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 over the world.

His mission is the spiritual awakening of individuals through experiencing and realizing Oneness. He loves speaking, storytelling (with humor), social action, and teaching as a means to help us to remember who we really are! Tim and his wife Olga Lucia love exercise, music, dancing, movies, reading, meditation, and meeting with people of many different cultures and traveling.


Paul Skehen

Paul SkehenMember

Paul has been a Realtor® in residential real estate (RE/MAX) since 2001 and involved in the Unity movement since 2004. He has been a member of Unity of Kansas City North, in Missouri, since 2007; served as a chaplain for seven years; and served on the board of trustees for six years (two of those years as president). He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1990 and from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute as a licensed Unity teacher in November 2019. He also serves as chairman of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce.


Rev. Ana Quintana Bird

Rev. Ana Quintana BirdMember

Originally from Puerto Rico, Rev. Ana Quintana Bird—RevAna, as she is known to her congregants and radio listeners—brings a unique blend of skills to her ministry. From her teens, she has been an avid student of metaphysics. She also has a strong business background. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Agnes Scott College and received additional certifications from Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. She founded two service businesses and served as president and general manager of Quintana Corp., a distribution company based in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

She was ordained as a Unity minister in 1999. Since 2012 she has served as associate minister at Unity of the Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to her regular church duties, RevAna leads a Spanish-speaking ministry, both in person and on the radio. She has become a leading voice in the Unity movement in Spanish. Her radio show, De Viaje con RevAna, airs on Unity Online Radio and on Univision PR, the number one radio station in Puerto Rico, which also broadcasts in the U.S. RevAna is passionate about sharing the Unity message with all who are open.

She is blessed to be the mother of three wonderful children: Claire, Luc, and Lauren.


Rev. Okon Ebong

Rev. Okon EbongMember

Rev. Okon Ebong worked with a multinational organization for more than 35 years. His ability to get along with others allowed him to rise to a position to organize others toward achieving their goals. He is confident that this talent will help to lift the Board. This capability was made possible by his consistent practice of Unity principles. Rev. Ebong was ordained a Unity minister in 1999. He joined Unity in Nigeria in the 1990s and attended the Unity School for Religious Studies between 1996 and 1998.

He was associated with the United Church of Religious Science (Science of Mind) and rose to the position of a study group director in Omoku, Nigeria. Rev. Ebong served the INTA district in Nigeria for many years and as president of Unity Church Nigeria (umbrella organization of Unity in Nigeria) for five years (2001–2006). He has presented seminars and workshops locally and internationally. Rev. Ebong attends Unity conventions and INTA congresses in the U.S. He is currently a member of the English Credential Ministry Team and, since May 2019, the president of Unity Church of Christianity, Nigeria.

Rev. Ebong is a retired oil field superintendent with Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a subsidiary of E&P of Eni Group in Italy.


Rev. Edith Washington-Woods

Rev. Edith Washington-WoodsMember

Rev. Edith Washington-Woods serves as senior minister at Unity San Diego, California. She was ordained in 2009 by Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) and holds a master of divinity degree from Unity Institute® and Seminary. She is also a licensed Unity teacher specializing in adult education. She is currently serving on UWM’s Budget & Finance and Sustainability Teams. Previously, she served on UWM’s Convention Team, was chair of UWM’s Health & Wholeness Team, was on the Eastern Region Board, and was regional board president before accepting her current position in San Diego.

Rev. Edith is passionate about serving in heart-centered, collaborative, inclusive ways. This passion allows her to assist communities unaccustomed to working together by building bridges to create opportunities for oneness in the churches she has served, as well as with young people and families, interfaith organizations, 12-step groups, and LGBTQIA+ communities. She is the mother of four adult sons, has nine grandchildren, and has been married to her wife since 2015.