Rev. Richard Maraj
Rev. Richard Maraj inspires people to live better lives through his powerful spiritual teachings. His charismatic, relatable speaking style combines a depth of spiritual knowledge, sharp intellect, great sense of humor and contagious enthusiasm to touch and energize his audience into expanding their understanding of God, life and themselves. Richard's positive, uplifting messages have helped many people experience greater joy, peace and prosperity through the practical application of basic spiritual principles.
For many years Richard worked as a successful motivational speaker who traveled throughout North America to address large Fortune 500 and other companies. During the early 1990s, he felt a strong call to ministry, and was compelled to attend ministerial school.
He was ordained as a Unity minister in 1998, and began his ministry as an Associate Minister in Raleigh, NC. Soon afterward he became Senior Minister of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, MO, and quickly became a much sought-after guest speaker for churches throughout Canada and the United States. He is currently the Senior Minister of Unity of Phoenix, one of the largest Unity ministries in the world, where he has served since 2005.
Richard has a degree in political science from McMaster University and continues to have a passion for learning. He is a strong advocate for community service, and also enjoys a variety of activities and hobbies, which include performing as a stand-up comic. In addition, Richard is currently completing a book called The 4 Most Important Questions You Can Ask Yourself.
Rev. Richard Rogers
Rev. Richard Rogers does everything in a BIG way! A gifted and inspired teacher, coach and minister, Rev. Rogers has been a spiritual teacher and leader to thousands of individuals over the past 20 years, and has worked and studied with the great spiritual teachers of our time.
For over 14 years, Richard led Unity of Phoenix into one of the greatest Unity churches in the country. In 2006, he stepped down to reinvent himself and created the "Mastering the Impossible" coaching program, and has worked with clients all over the country to help them create the impossible in their lives.
He has also created numerous additional programs, articles and audio books, including "Principles of Prosperity," "Life beyond Limits," and "Healing the Soul." His books and teachings combine the wisdom and language of a spiritual messenger who will lift you up and challenge you to live your own greatness.
In 2013, Richard accepted a position to rejoin the staff at Unity of Phoenix to lead our Wednesday Evening Service. He loves the experience of creating worship experiences! Richard is a powerful, dynamic and humorous speaker; his friendly, engaging style will delve right into your heart and soul … strengthening your connection to God, expanding your capacity to love, and broadening your outlook on the possibilities for your life!
Rev. Jimmie Scott
The lovable Rev. Jimmie Scott has a sweet disposition and an even sweeter tooth: bring him Krispy Kreme doughnuts and you'll be a friend for life!
Rev. Jimmie joined Unity of Phoenix as Pastoral Care Minister in 2008. His calm, gentle and compassionate presence is exactly right for his role in pastoral care. He also brings a lifetime of wisdom, and a diversity of interests to his position.
Prior to joining Unity of Phoenix, Rev. Scott served as Associate and Lead Minister for First Church Unity in Nashville, TN. During his time there, Jimmie grew the tiny ministry into a rapidly growing congregation that today numbers over 500. In 1997, Jimmie served as Chairman of the Executive Board for the Association of Unity Churches International. During that time, he actually ordained our own Rev. Richard Maraj!
From 2000 through 2003, he was the Chaplain at Unity Institute and was on the Board of Directors of Renaissance West, Inc. in Kansas City, MO. From May 2006 to July 2008 Jimmie served as Associate Minister at Unity Renaissance Church in Chesapeake, VA. He supervised the Finance Department, resided over the Chaplain Program and the Youth Education Department. Jimmie officially began his ministry at Unity of Phoenix as Pastoral Care Minister on August 1, 2008.
Rev. Jimmie's secular interests have included services as vice chairman of COPE, an organization founded to provide training and job placement for the mentally and physically handicapped. He also served as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, as an advisor for Junior Achievement, counselor for abused and neglected children, and past chairman for the advisory board of Community Enhancement, an alcohol and drug abuse council for teens.
Rev. Tina Brown
It's easy to recognize Rev. Tina Brown: just look for the lovely minister with a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye, and a song in her heart!
Rev. Tina joined Unity of Phoenix as our Spiritual Education Minister in May of 2014. Her passion for teaching is matched only by the bubbling overflow of her effervescent personality! She loves all aspect of ministry, and is ready and open to serve in every possible way.
Rev. Tina first began "ministering" just three weeks after discovering Unity; she began serving as a "music minister" for her new church. (She has sung professionally for over 25 years, and loves the way music can touch the soul in a deeply profound way.)
Some time later she pioneered a Unity study group, forming a Unity Center of Truth in Little Rock, Arkansas. She continued leading a music ministry there, and served on the board of trustees while still working as an entrepreneur, running her own sewing and bridal business.
After completing three years of study at the Unity School of Religious Studies, she entered the Unity seminary program, and was ordained in 2005. At that time, she returned as Senior Minister to the beloved Unity Center of Truth she had helped found. She lovingly served there until she was called to Unity of Phoenix.
Rev. Tina shares her happy, hectic home with her three elementary-school children: Tabe, Baylon and Emery. Look for them on campus, as well! She also has a 23-year-old son, Gregory, who lives in Colorado.