LEADERSHIP AT UNITY ON THE RIVER
At Unity on the River, we’re blessed with an outstanding
team of dedicated Ministers and Speakers, Board of Trustees, Volunteers,
and Staff Members who conduct services,
organize events and keep our community thriving.
Rev. Shipley Allinson
Unity on the River began in May 1994 as a prayer and study group. Shipley Allinson was called to become a minister, and she had a vision of bringing Unity to her community. From the first small study group in Shipley’s home, the group increased for three more years before deciding to hold services once a month in the basement of a bank.
Shipley and her team worked ceaselessly to build a community of Unity members. Within a few years Unity on the River made its home in a beautiful center in Amesbury.
Rev. Allinson retired as full-time minister after 18 years of service.
Jackie Woodside is a USA TODAY and four-time Amazon bestselling author, TEDx speaker, international trainer, expert guest on television and radio, and professional coach. She is the founder of the Curriculum for Conscious Living and the Conscious Living Summit, and trains coaches around the world to deliver this life changing work. Jackie is a certified professional coach and licensed psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience in both fields. She has authored three best-selling books and 25 training curriculums.
Lesley Ann Smith has been unlocking the joy code and igniting the power of the heart to heal everything! Lesley is an extraordinary singing ventriloquist with a hilarious company of characters, each with a unique personality and message for our times. When not performing, Lesley works as a psychic spiritual healer with a global client base. Lesley is a founding member of Unity on the River, has served on the Board and as interim Music Director. Just imagine what happens when great music, meets comedy, meets inspiration!
Peter Stringham attended his first Sunday service at Unity on the River in 2003. He was Unity’s treasurer for six years and was the President of the Board of Spirit on the River for 10 years. In 2015, Peter became the Director of Operations. He also led a Law of Attraction group which met twice a month for over six years. He co-founded The Unity Business Alliance, also known as TUBA, which has been meeting since 2016.
Peter now works as a certified Emotion and Body Code practitioner, providing energy healing to clients looking for connection, healing, fulfillment, and abundance in their lives.
Martine is a Science of Mind Licensed Practitioner, Unity Prayer Chaplain, as well as a Reiki Healer. She has performed in Europe as a professional singer and was co-host of an educational television show. Martine has used New Thought principles in her daily life to be reborn by the renewing of her mind. She has shared her lovely voice, meditations, and moving prayers for years at Unity Brookline and Unity in The City. And since June of 2019, many have been blessed to hear Martine share her wisdom on a monthly basis! Martine is now in her third year studying to be a Science of Mind Minister at the Holmes Institute. Her passion is sharing New Thought-Ancient Wisdom Spiritual Principles with others! "For God Has Not Given Us A Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power And Of Love And Of Power And Of A Sound Mind" 2 Timothy 1:7
For over 25 years Stephanie has been happily associated with Unity on the River as a congregant, volunteer, teacher, and occasional stand-up comic. With a rich lifelong interest in all things spiritual she delivers a powerful message. Stephanie practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist and provides workshops and retreats designed to explore and navigate the inner landscapes.
Rev. Denise DeSimone an interfaith minister and Denise is one of the original members of UOTR. Having survived Stage IV throat cancer in 2005, a journey which led her to author a book "From Stage IV to Center Stage". Denise’s work has inspired many people to turn challenges into opportunities of transformation.
Board of Trustees
The Unity on the River board of trustees is an organized body of committed individuals who strive to insure a clear focus of our mission, growth, values, and fiscal stability. Board members are elected at our annual meeting in January and serve three-year terms.
Meg Rayne has been a member with UOTR since 1997. She is an extraordinary singer/songwriter, and gifted music director and spiritual leader.
Director of Operations
Stan brings 40+ years of IT and Management experience to this new position and is glad to serve the Unity on the River community! Stan has been associated with Unity since 1978, having attended Unity of Oak Park in Illinois, Unity of Ann Arbor in Michigan in the 1980's, and several other Unity congregations in Massachusetts, starting in 1996. Stan has been a member of Unity on the River since 2015 and has served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer and remains chairman of the UOTR Endowment Fund committee.
Director of Communications
Mark has been a member of Unity on the River since 1997. He served as choir director, sound system engineer, and now as Communications Director he employs his background in business marketing and communications to good use.