Rev. James Parker

Senior Minister

Rev. James Parker was hired as our Senior Minister on March 16, 2018.

Rev James Parker is a seasoned, ordained and licensed Unity Minister. He is the former Founder & Senior Minister of Christ Unity Church of Ann Arbor. He is also an Officer and Consultant serving as Regional Representative for the Great Lakes Unity Region; consisting of eight States and 140+ churches.

Additionally, Rev. Parker serves the Unity Worldwide Ministries – Standards Team, where he is tasked by the UWM Board of Trustees to create, support and implement UWM International policies and procedures throughout the Unity Movement. Rev. Parker is a proficient public speaker focused in metaphysical and bible concepts.

Christine Randle

Service Coordinator

Jay Hand

Service Assistant

Lyn Williams

Youth Program Coordinator

I almost can’t remember a time when being with, teaching and learning from children wasn’t part of my life.  We took in foster kids as I was growing up, and my sister and I always felt we were part of a large family…a “coming and going” large family!

Have done loads of volunteer work over the years.  Found Unity 7 years ago when I moved back to Chicago.  I am so very excited to be a contribution to this wondrous place.  As a mom and grandmom, I know how precious our kids are.  My goal is that they feel this every time they walk in the door here and are enfolded with safety and love.

Peter Polzak

Music Director

I’m in the middle of my 12th year here and it never gets old.
I’m passionate about my work and blessed to be able to bring the best talent in Chicago to perform for you and with you and inspire all in the process. There is nowhere else I’d rather be on Sunday mornings. Glorious energy. I love this place!

Gabriela Rivero

Gabriela Rivero came from South America and arrived on a very frigid day in February planning to stay for one year… that was 25 years ago!

Gabriela has served as a prayer chaplain at Unity in Chicago since 2013, served as co-coordinator from 2015-2016 with Eva Jackson, and is now a Unity ministerial student!

Gabriela is a Life Coach and a Passion Test Facilitator. Her passion and dream is to focus on female leadership grounded in social issues and spirituality. She is one of the coauthors along with other 14 authors of the book “I still Rise – A Book Compilation.”

She has two beautiful daughters and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Dan Paterno

Media & Communications Coordinator

Dan’s been a creative for as long as he can remember. Starting in grammar school and extending throughout college, he’s always been drawing or designing something in a variety of mediums — paper, canvas, flowers, digital art, hair. These days, whether he’s in FRONT of a computer monitor or in BACK of a styling chair, he’s always helping his clients present the best image possible. Currently, he’s thrilled to be able to add his variety of talents and experience to the collaborative marketing efforts of Unity Chicago.