Guest Speakers


Senior Minister Rev. Ogun Holder typically delivers the 10am Sunday service talk.
Unity on the River is pleased to announce a variety of guest speakers throughout the year.
Please read more information about speakers by clicking their names.

2018 -- 10am Sunday Speakers at Unity on the River

Lesley Smith
July 15, 2018
10AM Talk
“Heart Powered Miracles: A love journey on the LIGHTer side”

Lesley Smith's mission is to spread Love, Laughter and Heart Power across the world and empower individuals in connecting with their “still small voice" to reveal a life of love and peace for all beings.  

Lesley began her training in spiritual healing over 30 years ago with the Lawrence LeShan Consciousness Training Institute and serves clients with health, career and relationship issues in private readings. On the public side, she has toured the world as a New England Foundation for the Arts transformational entertainer, conflict resolution expert, singer/songwriter and world-class ventriloquist starring The Sammy Snail, Mrs. Fiona Biddle, Shirley the Blue Bird of Happiness and more.

Lesley and her characters continue to delight audiences of all ages and in every kind of setting with live music and comedy shows. She is currently touring with her one woman show “Just Breathe: The quest for a little piece of mind … and chocolate”, Sammy’s Pajama Parties for young families and Lesley Smith and friends: The Love Show.  

In inspirational talks and workshops she draws from a diverse set of skills including Rita Marie Johnson’s The Connection Practice combining Nonviolent Communication and Heart Math, Oneness Blessing Giver, Conflict Resolution Trainer, Singer/Songwriter, Performing Arts Director and  Spiritual and Energy Healer.

Lesley is a founding member of Unity on the River, has served on the Board and as an Interim Music Director. She  has three beautiful sons, and lives, works and travels with her very funny and talented husband, Mark Abramczyk.

Matt Jones
August 12, 2018 10AM Talk


Matt Jones is a world-class professional keynote speaker and author. He is committed to motivating audiences and delivering strategies to help the organization thrive amid adversity and excel to new heights of performance. Matt’s story has been featured in both international magazine and TV shows. He holds a BA in Communication, MLS in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, and is pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

Matt is currently the author of ten books. He is currently working on his next one, which is Happiness is a Marathon: 26.2 Ways to Stay Happy at Work and in Life. They include, Going through Hell? Don’t Stop! How to Survive Your Darkest Days and Create Your Brightest Future, 101 Timeless Truths: Proverbs from Around the World, Life’s a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies for Personal and Professional Success, Sales is a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies to Stay Motivated in Sales, Leadership is a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies to Stay Motivated as a Leader, Cancer is a Marathon: 26.2 Strategies for Conquering Cancer, 189 Victories Secrets, Nursing is a Marathon: 26.2 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Nurse, Meeting Planner is a Marathon: 26.2 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Meeting Planner, Life’s a Marathon: 3 Unique Choices You can use to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Greater Victory in Your Business, Leadership, and Life. You can discover more about Matt Jones here.


Bob Atkinson
September 30, 2018 10AM Talk


Gregg Levoy
October 21, 2018 10AM Talk

Gregg Levoy is the author of the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group—and Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life (Penguin). He has keynoted at the Unity Worldwide Ministries Conference, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Conference on Positive Aging, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.
A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written about the subject of callings for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is


Michael Mirdad
November 4, 2018 10AM Talk

Michael Mirdad is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, healer, mystic, and author. He has worked as an intuitive healer and counselor for over 35 years and is the author of the best-selling books Healing the Heart & Soul, Creating Fulfilling Relationships, The Heart of a Course in Miracles, and You're Not Going Crazy...You're Just Waking Up! Michael has facilitated thousands of classes, lectures, and workshops throughout the world on Spiritual Mastery, Spirituality, Relationships, and Healing and is commonly referred to as a "teacher's teacher" and a "healer's healer." He has been featured as a keynote speaker in the world's largest expos and conferences and has been on the radio, television, and various internet and tele-summit programs. His work has been published in several leading magazines, including Sedona Journal, Conscious Life Journal, and Yoga Journal, as well as being the cover feature several times in Evolve magazine. Michael Mirdad is respected as one of the finest and most diverse healers of our time and is well-known for his ability to share the deepest spiritual teachings in a clear, applicable manner. For more information visit his website here.