Board Members

Reverend Prentiss John Davis

Prentiss was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he was introduced to Unity in 1962. He is a graduate of Wayne County Community College, the University of Wisconsin, the Unity Urban Ministerial School in Detroit, and the Unity Institute at Unity Village.

Since his graduation and ordination in 2004, Prentiss was a minister of the Unity Temple of Truth in St. Petersburg for seven-and-a-half years. Since 2013, he has served as minister of Unity of Ocala.

Prentiss has a passion for ensuring the quality of life for the human race which has led him to serve on numerous committees including higher education achievement for minority students and a number of multi-religious organizations. He has also worked to ensure the rights of returning veterans.   Prentiss is the past chairman of the NAACP Political Action Committee in St. Petersburg, Florida where he also served as Chaplain for Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast and local hospitals.

He enjoys marriage and being a grandfather of five.

Mark Hicks, LUT
Vice President

Mark is the founder of, a place for the study, practice and sharing of classic Unity teachings. TruthUnity provides live classes and online audio and video streaming of many great Unity teachers and founders. The site also offers novel ways to study Unity’s classic teaching through hyperlinking and multimedia. Over 1,000 people come to TruthUnity for 4-5 minutes each day for inspiration, study and online learning.

Besides developing TruthUnity, Mark makes his living develop- ing software in his hometown of Austin, Texas. In 2011 he founded the Unity Church of Georgetown and was its Spiritual Leader for its first seven months, averaging 65-80 persons in attendance each Sunday. Married for 38 years, he and his wife Marika have two grown daughters.

Mary Ellen Swartz

Mary Ellen Swartz has been a member of Unity since teenage years. She holds a BA with a major in religion. Mary Ellen served in Silent Unity for 7 years, and was ordained in 1971 by Rev. Phil Pierson. She serves as co-minister of Unity of Tucson, with her husband, Larry. She has served on various community boards in the Tucson area – was on the Southwest Unity Region board and served as treasurer – is a life member of International New Thought Alliance, and has been a featured speaker – and was an original member of the IAMU. Prior to being elected to the board, Mary Ellen graciously served as the IAMU finance officer (because she is knowledgeable in the Power Church program IAMU uses).

Reverend Julie Johnson

Julie began as pastor and spiritual leader at Unity Chapel of Light on July 1, 2016.  She is a clinical psychologist, Life Coach, Hypno-therapist, Reiki Master and a trained and seasoned meditator.  Through her meditation practice she has developed a deep connection to the higher energies that has sharpened her intuition and helped her become a very insightful counselor.

Many years ago, Julie turned to meditation when she was given a fatal prognosis for her 5-year old daughter who had Cystic Fibrosis.  Although she was told that her daughter Leslie wouldn’t live to be seven, through the metaphysical principles she learned in Unity and her meditation practice she helped her daughter Leslie to live and thrive into her late forties.

Rev. Johnson feels that her greatest gifts, which have been strengthened through her regular meditation practice, are her innate ability to relate to people on all levels, and her ability to combine spiritual truth, metaphysical principles and psychological dynamics in order to help people make dramatic changes in their lives.

Her first pastoral experience was here as Interim pastor at the Santa Maria Chapel of Light in 1990.  She was so impressed with our Pyramid Sanctuary, that she built one just like it in Tallmadge, Ohio, where she served as senior minister for 10 years.  Before returning to Santa Maria, Pastor Julie served in six ministries in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Rev. Larry Swartz
Member Emeritus

Larry was ordained a Unity Minister in 1966 and with his wife, Mary Ellen, also a Unity minister, they have provided spiritual leadership for Unity of Tucson  since 1966.  He served in the Air Force over three years and earned an Associate of Arts Degree prior to entering ministerial training school.   Over the years Larry has earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Religion from the American World University.  Larry was the President and Chairman of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches as well as other areas of service within the Southwest Region and the International New Thought Alliance.  Larry and Mary Ellen are the proud parents of three adult children, two grandchildren, and one cat.

Rev. Marge Dale
Member Emeritus

Reverend Marge Dale has been involved in the Unity movement for more than 40 years. For 28 years, she served on the executive staff of Unity School of Christianity at Unity’s world headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri, where she was Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Public Relations. Marge’s education and professional experience include human resource management, organizational development and training, public relations and communication. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Unity School for 17 years and served on the Unity Movement Advisory Council (UMAC) for 15 years. She also served on the Admissions and the Licensing and Ordination teams of the Association of Unity Churches. Marge  came out of retirement in 2006 to serve as senior minister of Unity at the Lake Church in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, which she and eleven other members founded in 2001. She retired from that position in 2014 and was named minister emeritus. She and her husband, Bill, also an ordained Unity minister, live with their two dogs, Nicole and Ashley, in Sunrise Beach.

Rev. Anna J. Shouse, Ph.D.
Member at Large

Anna is a down to earth, well-respected spiritual leader who has experienced first-hand the power of God to transform lives.   Her workshops, classes, and presentations are known for bringing participants into deep understanding of metaphysical principles and the ability to apply them to everyday situations. Ordained a Unity minister in 1995, Rev. Anna has served congregations in Kansas, Washington, and Texas both as a Senior Minister and as a Transitional Minister, and has been active in leadership in the Unity movement. She is dedicated to the development of healthy, vibrant relationship with God, self, and others and healthy sustainable community through the integration of inclusive New Thought Christian spirituality with sound psychological and recovery principles. Rev. Anna’s warmth, intelligence, and humor engage congregations in experiencing God’s presence in their midst, supporting them as they face change and develop effective ways of creating community. Rev. Anna is the Senior Minister of Unity of Austin, the founder of Soul Matters Consulting Ministry, the enthused host of Spirit of Recovery—The Place Where Spirituality and Recovery Meet at She is also a member of the faculty of the Unity Urban Ministerial School where she teaches courses in self-awareness and recovery. Rev. Shouse holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication and Human Relations from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Addictions Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.