The First Unity Board of Trustees is composed of the senior minister and six other trustees. Members of the Board of Trustees, effective June 25, 2021, are as follows:
John Young, President
John Young was honored to be elected president of the board for First Unity Church of St. Louis. He served in this capacity in the late 70’s and again in 1999. John looks forward to working with the board to help guide the church to grow spiritually and financially.
John was introduced to the New Thought movement in his early 20’s by his future wife, Gladys. In the mid – 70’s the two joined First Unity Church of St. Louis.
John feels very fortunate that all of his immediate family lives in the St. Louis area.
Rick Emnett, Vice President
Rick Emnett is vice president of the Board of Trustees. The vice president assists the president in the performance of that officer’s duties and performs all the presidential duties in the absence of the president.
Rick accepted the position because it provided an opportunity to further support a church that has been a big part of his family for many years.
Hope Dodson, Treasurer
Hope Dodson started in Unity in 1982 and attended Unity of Nashville in Tennessee. After moving to St. Louis, she began attending First Unity Church in 1998 and was active as a Youth Ed teacher for several years. She is a Prayer Chaplain and is currently on the path to become a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT).
Hope rehabbed houses for 15 years, which helped when it came time to renovate and rent the manse.
Hope loves the Unity message and practices. She thinks people are hungry for what we have to offer and visualizes them being drawn to Unity and other New Thought communities to uplift their lives and the world around them.
Patricia Riess, Secretary
Patricia’s desire to serve on First Unity Board of Trustees spoke to her from the heart, and she didn’t think twice. She is currently serving on the Welcoming Ministry, Co-chairing the Promotion Ministry, and has been the Editor of First Unity’s newsletter for three years.
Patricia is married with two daughters and two grandchildren, all living in Arizona. She has served as a national and corporate trainer for most of her career, honing her skills in communication, writing, photography, and design.
Patricia plans to make a difference in our church by bringing her skill and talent forward, helping to make our church’s prosperity a reality.
Betty serves on the Board of Trustees because she believes in the Unity principles and is excited about the future of the Church, especially the Youth Ed Teenage program.
Working with children and young adults has always been an important part of her life. She enjoyed a 35 year career as Owner and Director of the Betty Jean Dance Studio teaching the art of dance. She started a new chapter in her life by becoming a licensed Real Estate agent.
Both careers have been most fulfilling, but Betty Jean’s greatest joy in life is being of service. It is her pleasure and honor to serve on the Board of First Unity Church of St. Louis.
First Unity Church of St. Louis Board of Trustees
- Uphold the spiritual purpose of the First Unity ministry.
Other duties and responsibilities of the Board include:
- Uphold the highest best interests of the membership in conducting the business of this ministry;
- Be conversant with the bylaws and establish policy for the operation of this ministry;
- Be faithful in attendance at services as well as Board and membership meetings of this ministry;
- Determine the business needs of this ministry and authorize payment of funds for those purposes;
- Administer the real and personal property of this ministry;