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|Member of Unity Worldwide Ministries
Rev. Richard Levy’s spiritual path began in earnest in 1972 when, as he called to
confirm his nonstop flight from New York to Miami, not knowing why, he changed his
reservations to a flight that left from an airport that was further from his residence and had a
stopover on its way. Upon his arrival home, he learned that his original flight had crashed in
the Everglades, killing everyone on board. He and his wife Maureen knew he had been
saved by the grace of God, and that his life had a divine purpose. From that point on, their
lives became a spiritual quest.
This spiritual quest has taken them on many adventures, including living in spiritual
communities, studying Unity Truth Principles, Edgar Cayce, Paramahansa Yogananda, A
Course in Miracles, Science of Mind, Vipassana meditation, Buddhist philosophy, and two
trips to India to the Oneness University. Since returning from India, he and Maureen have
integrated sharing the Oneness Blessing into their Sunday and Wednesday services.
Richard's primary goal as a minister and teacher is to bring into clear focus the Truth as
taught through Unity Principles and other great universal teachings. He is well grounded in
Metaphysical Bible interpretation, but his teachings also reflect his varied studies and
lifelong experiences. His passion-filled, dynamic teaching style offers people the opportunity
to own the truth for themselves, making it a part of their daily lives. His path leads to spiritual
enlightenment and his uncanny gift is his ability to bring one along with him on his journey.
Richard was ordained in 1981 and served in ministries in Washington, California, and
Hawaii before coming to Unity of Wilmington. He continues to serve his alternative ministry,
Flexing Heart Ministry, in which he travels, shares his Mini Insights, and has a steady
following who receive his bimonthly CDs.
Maureen works alongside Richard in the ministry and together they form the 'ministry team.'
With Richard's joyful, charismatic personality and Maureen's practical approach to
spirituality, they provide a perfect blend of balanced leadership. Together they have raised a
family and are the proud parents of two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Richard and Maureen continue to deepen their spiritual practice on a daily basis.
Rev. René Paré
Rev. René Paré and his wife Marie began the ministry here in Wilmington as a study group in
early 1976. After a year or so, René moved his family to Unity Village, MO and began his
Diego before returning in 1985 to take over the leadership of Unity Christ Church of
Wilmington. It was begun in a small house located on the present location in June of that
year with 18 people in attendance. In 1997, Marie retired as Associate Minister to pursue a
career as a full-time artist. René continued to serve as Senior Minister and later as
Co-Minister with Rev. Heiland. He became Minister Emeritus in June 2005.
Our Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors of Unity of Wilmington serve in a myriad of ways – most
importantly as a prayer team dedicated to the upliftment of consciousness
within the congregation and the world. Our current board members are:
Jim Bitto - President, Jennifer Brier, George Dolan, Liz Freeman,
Jill Lahnstin, and Gena McKinley.
Administrative Assistant: Annette Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music and Worship Arts: Philip Pennington, email@example.com
Children's Ministry Coordinator: Holly Kenney
All Things Technical: to be filled, firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact any of our ministers, board or staff members, or ministry team
leaders by using our contact us form.
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