Ordained Unity Minister
Licensed Unity Teacher
Unity South-Central Region Board Secratary & YFM Liaison
Co-Founder & Spiritual Leader for the East Mountain Unity Center
Chaplain for the International and South-Central Regions of Youth of Unity
Founder WindSpirit Native American Flute Circle
“The foundation of Unity is as an educational movement. Through the study of the Laws of Truth we learn to apply them so that they will dissolve our adverse beliefs and conditions and enable us to life a life of 'practical spirituality'. In other words, we examine the teachings of Jesus and other great teachers and learn how to use them in our daily lives.”
~ Rev. Gordon Keyler
email Rev. Gordon Keyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenda grew up in Unity. When she was five, her family began attending Unity Temple in Detroit, Michigan. When the family moved to Albuquerque in 1959, they continued with what was then called Christ Unity. Over the years she participated in Youth of Unity and was a YFM teacher. After retiring from a family business in 2017, she was looking for a new career opportunity and responded to an ad for Unity Spiritual Center Albuquerque. It seemed like a perfect fit. She views the role of Office Manager as one of facilitating and collaborating with staff, congregants and others to help make Unity Spiritual Center the best possible place to be.
John Vandermay has built our Audio Visual Lighting and Media program and team from the ground up. He continues to uplevel live streaming and overall presentation for our services and events.
Amanda brings to life a "living curriculum” that honors the wisdom within. Children create art work, write, sing songs, as well as participate in lessons and discussions that apply the 5 Unity principles in their lives. She sustains our welcoming and inclusive Youth and Family Ministry with her bright smile and skillful abilities as a teacher.
Charlie grew up in Tennessee, the volunteer state. He learned very early that working with others to achieve a common goal from the heart opens both your heart and life. Through out the years he has volunteered with numerous groups including: Greenpeace, Big Brother Big Sisters , United Way, Dances of Spirit, Unity St Petersburg FL, ActUp , and various healthcare organizations. Do you have the desire to connect with others? Our Volunteer Coordinator, Charlie Latham, can help you bring that to life. Nothing better than rolling up your sleeves and taking that leap!
Michael Small, Ministerial Assistant, moved to Albuquerque in 2018. Michael’s family which includes his mom, and partner, found their spiritual home here at Unity Spiritual Center. Michael is intending to enter Unity Ministerial training this fall to become an ordained minister. Today, Michael’s mission and purpose has always been to provide a safe place for those seeking help for substance misuse and underlying challenges such as trauma, mood disorders, stress management, relationship problems.
Michael has been active in the recovery community for the last 20 years, first as a peer support volunteer, then as a recovery coach and now as a licensed substance abuse associate (LSAA) and currently working on his Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Michael holds a BA in Psycho-Spirituality from Antioch University in Seattle. He is also an accomplished writer and has published first book about his own journey of recovery. Michael continues his work in various groups such as HIV and a 16 step support groups. Michael has worked with the unhoused and sexual minority communities and as well as youth.
Since being at Unity, Michael has worked as a prayer chaplain, platform host, and usher. Michael is helping to facilitate Metaphysical Bible Study and is facilitating Adventures in Faith. Michael has become a Reiki practitioner. He loves to sing and enjoys singing with the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus.
Michael practices positive practical spirituality in his daily life. He is a great facilitator and really enjoys people.
Our volunteer bookkeeper, Sherri Bornhoft, became a member of Unity Spiritual Center Albuquerque in 2023. She has over 40 years of business administration experience focused on organizational development, strategic planning, accounting and human resources. Sherri earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2007, and she recently returned to college to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She expects to graduate from New Mexico State University in the spring of 2025.
Martyne acts to organize, inspire and train our prayer chaplains. Martyne Backman has been an active member of Unity for 15 years, serving as a Board member, platform host, and usher, among other roles. In 2010 she joined the Prayer Chaplain team, and became USC chaplain coordinator and trainer six years ago. Martyne is a Reiki Master energy practitioner, a teacher for over 25 years, and an inspirational speaker and trainer for 35 years.
When she moved to Albuquerque, Marya was delighted to learn that USCABQ was here. On her first visit, she felt like she was home. She signed on as our Social Media Web Master in 2017 and immediately set out to expand our social media presence. Marya does content and post creation for all our social media and website as well its maintenance. Her responsibilities include coordinating clear and timely communication related to all USC ABQ services, classes, and events. She has especially enjoyed spearheading our new website design. Marya is a content creator and website designer for small conscious businesses, an ordained Interfaith Minister, intuition educator/mentor, and author of You Are Simply Divine, A Handbook of Simple Spiritual Practices for Divine Connectivity and Divine Alignment Toolkit.