Rev. Myra McFadden began her involvement with Unity in Wisconsin in 1995 when she was spiritually guided through meditation to “seek a church to serve in.” Not having any idea about what the message meant, she decided to check out an obscure little church not far from where she lived. The Unity church she walked into immediately became her spiritual home, and the teachings of Unity soon became the heart and soul of her spirituality. Myra then focused on leadership in Unity by teaching and speaking at various churches in Wisconsin while completing the Licensed Unity Teacher program in 2005. The undeniable call to ministry came to her at the end of her LUT studies, and she soon left her home and work as a psychotherapist in private practice to enter ministerial school at Unity Institute in 2006.
During ministerial school Myra worked on the prayer call lines at Silent Unity in the telephone prayer ministry and developed a spiritual counseling program for the congregation of Unity Village Chapel at Unity Village, Missouri. She also served the congregation at Unity of Manhattan in Manhattan, Kansas by being their Student Minister for one year in 2008. Myra completed a church internship with our community, and she became our Associate Minister upon graduation from Unity Institute in June 2009. She became our Senior Minister in June 2011. Since then the church has grown into a highly engaged, diverse ministry with many leaders, unique teams and volunteers. In addition, Rev. Myra has enjoyed mentoring numerous ministerial students and she has been active in Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM). She currently serves on the UWM Board of Trustees and on multiple UWM teams.
Myra has a passion for fostering spiritual growth and leadership in others. She loves to collaborate and create community-centered ministry that celebrates, honors and empowers all people in knowing their divine nature. Myra is compassionate, prayerful and joy-filled, and strongly supports our healing needs, our personal growth and our spiritual transformation. We are fortunate to have Myra with us because she is passionate about serving our spiritual community and the Unity movement, and she is committed to bringing forward authentic, open and loving spiritual oneness in a way that honors all.
Myra is married to jazz musician and tap dancer, Lonnie McFadden, and resides in Kansas City, North. She has three children, April, Dani and Gabe, and five wonderful grandchildren, Sky, Martin, Mira, Addie, and Harlow. No cats...yet.
Rev. Michael Perrie Associate Minister
On his way to graduating from Unity Institute and Seminary and becoming a licensed and ordained Unity minister, Michael found his first Unity church in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1976. Over the years he has served his deep spiritual calling as a founding Board member of two New Thought churches: Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon; and as a long time active member of the Living Enrichment Center in Wilsonville, Oregon. Michael was first certified as a Chaplain in 2001 and as a Spiritual Practitioner in 2003, licensed as a Religious Science Practitioner in 2008, and served the Unity of Beaverton, Oregon, community as platform assistant, prayer leader, and ministerial intern before heading to Unity Village.
When not pursuing his spiritual life Michael has established retail and wholesale jewelry businesses in Boston and North Carolina; worked as a crew foreman rehabilitating low income housing in Virginia, sold home mortgages, mutual funds and life insurance; and has purchased everything from nuts and bolts to financial enterprise software and contracted for new city parks and street car construction as a senior procurement officer for local government in ‘Keep it Weird’ Portland, Oregon.
Michael and his wife, Joy, live in Lee's Summit, MO.
Marcia Dale Office Manager
,Marcia has been a member of Unity of Kansas City North since January 1992. Before joining the staff as Office Manager in January 2000, Marcia spent 25 years in "corporate America" working in the field of employee benefits.
Marcia grew up in Unity, having joined Unity Village Chapel with her parents when she was just 4 years old. Marcia is honored to serve in her administrative capacity and has been blessed to work with all five Senior Ministers that have spent time in this ministry.
Marcia and her husband, Mike, live in Smithville, Missouri, and have two grown children, Erica and Andy, both of whom live in the Kansas City area and are active in our spiritual community.
Danielle has actively served our ministry since 2014, when she moved to Kansas City. She became a member & employee of Unity of Kansas City North in the spring of 2015.
Danielle enjoys sharing her passion for event planning, graphic design, and a love for serving in her many roles at UKCN. She holds a degree in Hospitality & Event Management.
Danielle and her husband, Cassidy, live in Gladstone with their daughter, Harlow.
Amy Hartgrove Youth & Family Ministry Director
Amy has been attending Unity of Kansas City North since 2016 and plans on becoming a member this fall. She is in her senior year at Northwest Missouri State University, where she studies Elementary Education.
Amy is familiar with our family ministry due to attending our community until the age of 12. She is passionate about the next generation and, since returning, has been an active volunteer with our kids. Amy joined the UKCN staff in August 2017 and continues to work with an incredible group of volunteers to create an outstanding Youth & Family Ministry program!
Imani Guerrero Nursery Coordinator
Imani has been attending Unity of Kansas City North since her days as a Unikid! She currently attends Penn Valley Community College and is working toward her degree in Early Childhood.
In addition to her role as Nursery Coordinator, Imani is employed at Parkville Cottage Montessori School. She also blesses many of our families through her work as a nanny.
Imani loves watching little minds question & grow, and believes that children allow us to stay in touch with our inner child!
Music Ministry Staff
Valerie Mackey Music Ministry Co-Director
Valerie has attended Unity of KC North since 2009 and made the commitment of membership in 2011. She has been very active in the Music Ministry and became our Choir Director in April 2012. In September 2014 she assumed the role of Music Ministry Co-Director, along with T.J. Martley.
We are blessed to have someone of her talents as an integral part of our Music Ministry Team. For 25 years, Valerie has directed and/or performed in many productions for Theatre for Young America, where she is the Artistic Director. She has also directed plays and videos for Late Night Theatre, KCPT, Kansas Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, and Academie International.
T.J. Martley Music Ministry Co-Director
T.J. has blessed us by being our Sunday Pianist since April 2013 and assumed the Music Ministry Co-Directory role with Valerie Mackey in September 2014.
T.J. is recognized as one of the top jazz pianists in Kansas City. He plays regularly with many of Kansas City's top local performers. His CD, "Meditations," is a true inspiration!
Susan Harp Choir Director
Susan's vocals and her talents in playing the piano and harmonium have blessed us for a long time. Since April 2013 Susan has been a frequent guest vocalist, and she has both lead and sung in the choir.
Classically trained, Susan's talents can be enjoyed in her beautiful CD called, "Release." Susan is also an Assistant Director for Education & Research Resources for KU Cancer Center, and she is a yoga instructor.
Board of Trustees
Evan Griffith President
Evan joined UKCN in 2012 and has since shared his gifts with us through his participation in our Music Ministry, as a sponsor of our teen ministry, and, most recently, as a chaplain. After careful consideration, Evan made the decision to join our board and believes contribution an important aspect of humanity, and has determined that his spiritual home is the place to make that contribution.
He brings many gifts to our board, including strong analytical and problem solving skills, as well as extensive leadership and volunteer experience.
Ed Rippee Vice President
Ed has been a member of UKCN since 2010, and has served our spiritual community through singing in the choir, being a Y.O.U. facilitator, and teaching a Bible introductory class.
Ed's decision to run for the Board of Trustees stems from “A desire to become more involved in the ministerial life of UKCN in order to share my education, training and spiritual desire for growth, to help teach in order to learn twice over, and to lend any expertise I may have garnered from my years as a lay minister as well as a business owner.”
He feels he can serve the Board through his ability to listen, problem-solve and compromise; and also through a love for humanity that allows him to get along with most people and express thoughts in an authentic way.
Ed has previously held leadership roles in real estate organizations, and has served as Director of Religious Education/Youth Ministry in the Catholic Church before coming into Unity.
Jennifer Marchand Treasurer
Jennifer is a 4th generation Unity member and has been attending Unity of Kansas City North regularly since 2000 with her two children, Connor and Lindsay. Her Great-Grandmother worked at Silent Unity and taught ministerial classes at Unity Village. Her maternal grandparents were part of Dr. Hilbert’s original congregation when they moved to our current location. UKCN was also Jennifer’s childhood church. Needless to say Jennifer has a very strong connection with Unity Movement and especially Unity of Kansas City North.
Jennifer has served our spiritual home as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Director, Family Friday Coordinator, Minister Counsel Committee, Fabulous Fun Events Committee, Relay for Life Committee, and with the Easy Worship Team. Jennifer believes the opportunity to join the UKCN Board was through Divine Order. She feels she will be able to help make a difference. She says she ‘is right where she is supposed to be’.
Jennifer is a technology manager at UMB Bank and feels her service in different areas in our community and her experience in leadership equips her well to serve as a member of our Board.
Jane Ray Secretary
Jane has been a member of Unity of Kansas City North since January, 1989. She has been a chaplain since 2011, and has also served as a member of the We Care Team, and as a Minister's Angel on Sunday mornings.
Jane has been employed by Hallmark Cards for many years, which she states has helped her develop her leadership skills as a facilitator for teaching the computer software system, coordinating outside events and also coordinating meetings and special events internally.
About her decision to run for the UKCN Board, Jane says, "I am motivated to continue learning in new ways. I feel the church needs people who are open to changing and are seeking to bring a higher consciousness into our community and the world in which we live. It will be an experience in which I can learn and grow from other members." Shea adds, "I am good at writing and have strong administrative skills. I am filled with a love of God that is open and receptive to do what is mine to do. I have a desire to serve this community."
Paul Skehen Member-at-Large
Paul has been active in our ministry since joining Unity of Kansas City North in September, 2007. In addition to his work with the Board of Trustees, he leads our Building Use Team and is a member of our Unity Leadership Team. We also get to experience his humor and fun personality when he serves as a Platform Assistant. Paul has worked as a real estate agent since 2001 and has been active in the business community as well as our church community.
Paul says, “I find tremendous value giving to our spiritual community. I find myself getting more and more involved. As I serve, I am served. I think the Unity message is so unique in Christian faith, that we have a tremendous opportunity for growth. My goals are to see the church thrive and continue to grow which will enable us to grow the spiritual conscience of our greater community.”
Bruce Seaton Member-at -Large
Bruce and his wife, Sandy, joined Unity of Kansas City North in September, 2014. He jumped right in as an active member by attending numerous classes, becoming heavily involved with Family Promise, serving as an usher, helping the Earth Care Team and Garden Posse, and being a co-coordinator of the GoodFellas.
In his work life, Bruce had leadership experience with Education for Ministry as a teacher/mentor, an Agency Certifier for NIMA, and serving as a Division Chief for the DMA.
Bruce says about his interest to serve on the Board of Trustees, "My work experience has provided me with a broad range of managerial and administrative skills plus the ability to express myself verbally and in writing. I've been told that wisdom is my best gift." He was motivated to run for the Board because, "the church has a need and I believe I have the skills and knowledge to fill the position."
The Board of Trustees holds an open meeting the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Adult Education Classroom. If you have an item you would like to have included on the agenda, please submit it to the Board President or email the church office (Marcia@unitykcnorth.org) no later than the 2nd Tuesday of the month.