Our Board of Trustees for 2017-2018 was installed Sunday, November 12, 2017 by the Rev. Joy Walker. Standing from left to right are Diane Rogers, Linda Ferrell, Kathryn Chenoweth, Shirley Rappaport, Cleon Fowler, David Stanley, Leo Stewart and Rev. Walker.
Leo Stewart, President
Leo Stewart was born in Beaumont, TX, where he currently lives with his wife Annie, of 23 years, and their dog Harmony. Leo has three children and two grandchildren. Leo is an ordained minister of World Christian Ministries and Universal Life Church. Leo has been a member and congregant of Unity for approximately 30 years and currently serves as Prayer Chaplain and Board Member
Leo’s Personal Vision:
As an expression of God, the essence of my being, I seek to bestow love, life, abundance, and peace on all whom I encounter.
Katie Chenoweth, Vice President
Katie Chenoweth has been a member of Unity churches since 1984. She is currently active on the Building and Grounds Committee. Katie holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Lamar University and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Texas. She currently works for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a public water investigator. She is a certified evidence-based coach through Fielding Graduate University. She is passionate about 12 Step Programs and serves as a group representative for a local Al-Anon group. She also promotes the efforts for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). In her private life, she loves dogs, meditation, art, philosophy, and cooking.
Katie’s Personal Vision:
Create a loving family community that promotes free thinking and future-oriented consideration. Create a pillar in the Southeast Texas community for people to come when they need spiritual sanctuary and recovery. Use art and progressive knowledge to stimulate growth and discussion. Learn to be an effective leader.
David Stanley, Secretary
A native of Beaumont, TX, David holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Arts degree. He has worked for the South Park Independent School District, Texas Musical Instruments Company, Lamar University, the Beaumont Symphony/Symphony of Southeast Texas, Lake Charles Symphony, Alexandra Symphony and Lamar Civic Orchestra. He has been affiliated with Unity of Southeast Texas since 2005.
David’s Personal Vision:
I will let go of judgements until I learn to stop judging.
I will forgive until I realize there is nothing to forgive.
I will continue my Spiritual path until I remember who I am.
Linda Ferrell, Treasurer
In 1974 I came to the United Stated from England. While here, I married an American serviceman and had two magnificent sons. I spent my career in banking for 40 years and retired in 2015. I was introduced to Unity by my wonderful friend, Diane. Although I am a newcomer to Unity of Southeast Texas, I am honored to be a member of the Board of Trustee and I am eager to learn and grow with the Unity family by attending classes and workshops offered.
Cleon Fowler, Member
I was born in Beaumont, Texas and while in high school worked in my father’s pharmacy in downtown Beaumont. I received my education from Texas Southern University, where I received the Doctor of Pharmacist degree. During my career I served on the Board of Directors for Beaumont YMCA, Better Business Bureau, American Pharmaceutical Association, Appomattox Club, and the National Pharmacy Association. I received the top honor of the Chauncey Cooper award from the American Pharmaceutical Association.
I found Unity through my parents, who always read The Daily Word. Although I have been a part of Unity of Southeast Texas for only a few years, I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees and do my part to assist in its growth and development.
Shirley Rappaport, Member
I was born and raised by Dutch grandparents in a small northwestern town in Iowa (population 700). I am the second child of five and graduated from high school at the age of 17. I played professional basketball for several years and then went into the real estate business. I owned and operated one of the largest real estate firms in Las Vegas, Nevada and remained in business for 50 years. As a realtor, I served as president of the Realtor Board, State Realtor Commissioner, Realtor Continuing Education instructor, Mediator and Expert Witness in the Nevada Courts. I have studied and practiced several religious beliefs: Presbyterian, Episcopal, Judaism and religious science. I found Unity in 2010 and am passionate about its teachings.
Diane Marie Rogers, Alternate Member
I joined Unity of Southeast Texas in 2011 and quickly was invited to be a board member. The experience has been one of joy and the commitment is rewarding. In May of 2012, our board president left to go away to school, and as a result, I became President of the Board.
We as board members are committed to do the work of the church business and are very honored to wok in this capacity. We laugh and bond, and we help each other. The Board is a very close group and everyone works so well together. Our main purpose is to support the church and manage the church business. We are committed to educating our community about the Unity Principles. The Board sets the Core Values and Purpose of our church and works to maintain the integrity of these vales. I plan to continue service to this church in whatever capacity I can.
Diane’s Personal Vision:
My personal intention is to discover and become totally aware of who I came be to be. I intend to live each day attuned to Spirit and follow unconditionally where I am led.
Rev. Joy Walker, Minister
Rev. Joy Walker, minister at Unity of Southeast Texas, has been a Unity Truth Student for 31 years. She is a Licensed Unity Teacher and an ordained minister. She served as minister for Unity of Tulsa for 10 months, Unity of Shreveport for 10 years and Spiritual Leader for Unity of Longview, TX for five years.
Joy is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. She served for five years as part-time Chaplain for a Prison Ministry, five years as part-time Chaplain for an alcohol and drug abuse center, and part time as Chaplain for the State of Louisiana for a compulsive gambling center.
Additionally, she provides sacred service to several ministry teams for Unity Worldwide Ministries and is on the Board of Trustees for Unity South Central Region as vice president and alternate regional representative.
Joy holds the title of Competent Toastmaster and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars, including one for the Association of Unity Churches People’s Convention. She was a New Thought delegate to the Parliament of World Regions in Melbourne, Australia in December 2009.
Joy has a Master’s of Science degree in Business and an MBA. She spent 26 years in higher education administration. Joy has three adult children and six grandchildren.