Gaia Rynd, Board Member, Communications and Outreach
Gaia has been a member of Unity of Phoenix since 1992 before transferring her membership to Payson. She has also explored other spiritual paths along the way, but always finds a home in Unity's teachings. "With all my heart, I endeavor to live the Unity principles everyday. I find so much peace knowing that though Oneness with the Divine, I have all the power I need to manifest my Good."
Gaia had lived in Payson for 7 years in the 90's and co-founded Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness in 1993. Planning to merely summer here in 2016, she found a sense of community at Unity of Payson and decided to stay. She opened a private massage practice in Sept. 2016 where she specializes in medical issues.
Rose Ann grew up on a farm and ranch in eastern Montana and was raised in the Roman Catholic church and later joined a Methodist church when she moved to a small town in western Montana. She served on the Methodist church board, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. After moving to Tonto Basin, Arizona, Rose Ann had several life changing events take place and her Spirit yearned for something more than what she had known spiritually in the past. She had heard about Unity thru a family member and wanted to find out if this was right for her. The first time she attended a service at Unity of Payson "I felt like I’d found a home. Unity’s positive teachings seemed to ring true to me. That was two years ago. Unity of Payson needed Board members and I was asked if I would be willing to serve on the Board, so I volunteered to be the secretary. "
Stephanie Prest, Treasurer
Rose Ann Watts, Board Secretary
These members of the Payson community have come together to invest their talents, passion and time to joyfully build a thriving, loving, Unity community, through spiritual guidance.
Board President (Temporarily Vacant)
Maurice Guerette, Board Vice President
After a 23 year career in Hairdressing, as a stylist and salon owner, I retired. I then moved to Florida and managed a Hair Salon for JC Penney's where I retired after 15 years. I found Unity in 1982 and perused the Licensed Teacher program as I was very focused on learning all I could about the Unity Philosophy. It took me 10 years to get to the point where I could apply for the certification and I decided to apply for the Ministry instead. I was accepted on my first attempt and was very happy to be Ordained in 1999.
My first assignment was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was there for 3 years and decided it wasn't the ministry I wanted. They were not willing to make changes to grow the church. I applied to Green Valley, Arizona and was hired. We worked together to increase the prosperity consciousness and in three years we were able to build our own church on a 4 acre plot of land. We grew and prospered in attendance and financially. After 12 years I decided I wanted to retire as my wife and I wanted to move to a cooler climate. We decided on Payson and was very happy to find a Unity group here. I decided I needed the fellowship of 'like minded" people. I helped them become a full status church.
I'm happy to be of service where I'm needed
Betty was raised in a Catholic home but in her early twenties discovered Science of Mind. It was so much more in keeping with her heartfelt beliefs that she was soon attending retreats and volunteering. After 15 years of growth, she discovered Unity and found a home in 1990. It was a time of great transition and working with the Unity principles was a great support in her growth process.
Betty also lives a very creative life as an artist currently showing in a gallery. Her love of watercolor and the spontaneity of it, parallels the ebb and flow of life itself. She has also been a massage therapist for the last 27 years giving the gift of not only physical health, but an uplifting message of hope and compassion.
She is currently on the Leadership Council, Platform Team and the Set Up team on Sunday mornings. She was proud to become a charter member in 2013. The opportunity to serve and contribute while growing herself is what feeds her love of the Unity Community here in Payson.
Terri Taylor, Administrative Assistant