Unity Fellowship Background
Unity Fellowship Church was organized on May 17, 1999. The initial group of seventeen like-minded people began meeting in a large room at the Life Enrichment Center in Newport News. In July of that year, Jan Sloan was hired as Spiritual Leader and office clerk. With a growing congregation it became apparent the martial arts/massage room needed to look more like a sanctuary on Sunday mornings. One by one, a piano, sound equipment and chairs were purchased. On Saturday evenings a small, dedicated group transformed the room into a fitting place of worship. In 2000 Jan Sloan was ordained as an Independent Unity Minister and classes were being taught from the Unity curriculum. The congregation continued to grow and in 2004 we started a building fund to eventually obtain a building of our own. Rev. Jan served us until August 2010 when she retired and Reverend Ginny Roll became our minister.
Bureaucratic problems with the City of Newport News forced us out of the Life Enrichment Center in 2011. Warwick United Church of Christ offered to share their building with us. In 2012 we began a serious search for a building of our own. During our search, we were blessed by the kindness and hospitality of Warwick United Church. In March 2013 we found our new church home. Over the next several months, 624 Queens Creek was converted to the Unity Fellowship Church. On September 1, 2013, 70 people celebrated our first service.
In 2014 Rev. Ginny felt the need to answer her call to teach. She led her farewell service on September 14, 2014 leaving some great memories and accomplishments. One of her most significant accomplishments was the World Day of Prayer wherein representatives of different religious communities gather at Unity Fellowship to pray for Peace.
Unity Fellowship hired an interim minister, Rev. Bill Heller, a graduate of the Unity Institute who served for one year. Assisted by Rev. Louis Purdey, Rev. Jan Sloan has returned to serve as our minister while a ministerial search committee is identifying candidates for the position. We remain an Independent Unity Church and we regularly use the Daily Word. We promote and work with Silent Unity, Unity’s prayer ministry, and Unity Study material.
Welcoming a number of diverse speakers, Unity Fellowship remains open to the spiritual treasures found in all religious traditions. Our slogan is “Where Every Heart Finds a Home”