Our History

Rev. Melvin Ryman

Rev. Mel Ryman

Sunday September 9, 1989, a dedicated group of Unity Truth students met and formed Unity East Church. With the leadership of Melvin Ryman, long-time Unity minister, services were held on Livingston Avenue in Reynoldsburg for the first year. Subsequently, the church moved to Milnor Road in Pickerington.

In the early 1990s, Sidney Ryman, Unity minister, joined Mel in leadership of the church. They co-ministered until 1995, when Mel left Unity East Church for retirement. Sidney continued leadership until her transition in 1997. The church continued to prosper under the spiritual leadership of Mary Lake Farley, Licensed Unity Teacher, and then Joanne Blum, Ph.D.

unity-east-buildingA Move Founded on Faith

The size of the congregation quickly outgrew the capacity of the existing location on Milnor Road in Pickerington and moved temporarily to Etna, Ohio. With the support of members and friends, in April 2003, Unity East purchased its own church home at 170 E. Columbus Street, in the village of Pickerington, for $250,000.

The church plays a big part in Pickerington’s rich historical heritage. The land was part of 320 acres that early village settler James Looker purchased upon his arrival in Pickerington around 1810. The land was later purchased in the mid 1800s by Jacob B. Dovel and his wife Elizabeth. He allocated land for the cemetery, and in 1882 built the Dovel Memorial United Brethern Church to the west of the cemetery (and to the south of Violet Township Cemetery).

In the early years, as today, Unity East was a center of study, and classes were held frequently. Over the years, this church community grew into the beautiful space of diversity and ever-deepening spirituality it is today.

Unity minister Rose Houston was called to lead the congregation from 2009-2013. In July 2014, Unity minister Jill Andrews became our part-time, temporary minister.

Besides our spiritual leaders, Unity East has been richly blessed throughout the years with dedicated Licensed Unity Teachers, as well as many gifted speakers and teachers. We are grateful to all the dedicated leaders and teachers who dedicated time to nurture many little truth students from the inception of the vibrant youth ministry program in September 2001.

The following is a list of those who have lovingly led the congregation of Unity East Church:

1989–1995  Rev. Melvin Ryman
1991–1997  Rev. Sidney Ryman
1997–2000  Mary Lake Farley, Licensed Unity Teacher
2001–2009  Joanne Blum, Ph.D.
2009–2013  Rev. Rose Houston
2014–Present  Rev. Jill Andrews

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