David Garnett – Interim Pastor: Head of Staff
David is a dedicated interim pastor, beginning his fifth interim position at Unity in the fall of 2016. Prior to entering interim ministry, he served a church in Knoxville, TN for 20 years. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary in California and the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tricia Lytle – Minister of Congregational Life
Tricia has degrees in Education and Art from Winthrop University in Rock Hill SC and has worked with children, youth, and adults in the church since age 20. She received her Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville TN and completed Clinical Pastoral Education through a Chaplain Residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She served for ten years as a Hospital Chaplain as well as serving as a pastor in Charlotte area churches before coming to Unity. She loves animals and finding a good deal at thrift stores.
Janeen joined the Unity staff in 1999, first as our only office worker and later taking on tasks of managing the office, marketing, website design and visual aspects of the church. With a degree in music from UNCG, she is also a valuable part of our worship planning as well as a loving friend to our members.
Karyn Cherry – Director of Children & Youth
Karyn has a passion for our children and youth that is evident as she plans programs and outings to include children of all ages. She has a Bachelors in Family and Community Services from East Carolina University which helps her understand child development and family systems and is also trained as a Stephen Minister.
Dustin Stamey – Choir Director
Serving as the Choir Director at Unity, Dustin has extensive experience in instrumental and choral music, earning his degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University. He also holds a Masters degree in Executive Leadership Studies from Gardner-Webb University and enjoys spending his free time in the great outdoors.
Sally Brissenden – Receptionist
Sally has been our front office coordinator since 2007. She assists with setup for programs, studies, and worship as well as serves as our contribution treasurer. She brings years of experience in the medical field and as a Teacher’s Aid for special children to her job at Unity.
Jeff Perks – Organist
Having played in churches since age 13, Jeff brings amazing talents to our music program. With a degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina, he has performed all over the world from cruise ships and restaurants to churches and the White House. He is also a published composer and recording artist. Jeff has a successful piano studio in the Denver area.
Tim Fox – Campus Manager
Thanks to years of experience in construction and landscaping, Tim joined the staff in 2011 and keeps our buildings sparkling clean and our grounds manicured and beautiful, seemingly without effort. He keeps equipment and systems around the church maintained and schedules other professionals to assist when needed.
Karen Taylor- Preschool Director
After six years of classroom teaching, Karen joined the Preschool as it opened in 2001. She has built our preschool from a starting enrollment of 25 to a capacity of 48 students with a stellar reputation in the community. With guidance from our Preschool Board, she uses her love of God to create a close family atmosphere within the preschool.
Jane Copeland – AV Coordinator
Jane is at the hub of our worship, making sure that all audio and visual elements of worship work smoothly, including the recording and live streaming of our services. She manages a team of volunteers for worship and other events, seeing to their assignments and training. She also backs up and maintains our computers all over the campus.