Board Members

Unity Church of Truth (1913)

2021 Voting Unity Church of Truth Board of Directors:

Mr. Victor Austin (Vice President) victore.austin@gmail.com
Ms Debbie Latcha (Secretary)
Mr Lester Singh
Ms Marlene Collins
Ms Angela Collier

2021 Non-Voting Unity Church of Truth Board Member:
The Reverend James Sherman (Senior Minister) office@unitytoronto.ca

Our minister, Reverend James Sherman has been with our church for 46 years out of his 48 years since ordination. Rev. Sherman is a superb teacher who loves to teach and is a stunning professional speaker.

Our minister, James Sherman was born into a “Unity” family. His paternal grandmother became a Unity student in 1918 and he grew up in a Unity faith environment.

In his teen years, he was active in a youth-group called the “Youth of Unity”, attending large regional Southern California gatherings four times a year, in addition to attending a  large international Y.O.U. conference at Unity Village annually. In those years, he was elected the President of the regional body, and later served as the International President of the entire body. At 19 took courses at Unity Village in the summer time “Unity Training School”. At that point, he was given an opportunity to work full-time at the Village, first working in the Orchard Department, picking peaches, apples and driving a tractor (Unity had the very first official ‘Vegetarian’ restaurant in the U.S.A.), then he worked in the ground maintenance department and then was hired to work in the Unity Ministries “Field Department”, the organizational body that provided ministerial support to a thousand Unity Churches.

This experience enabled him to interact and get to know many of Unity’s earliest teachers and ministers. After being invited to become an assistant to a minister in California, he learned the inner-workings of a church. He taught some classes and presented a few Sunday sermons.

But, the “road to ministry” took an unexpected turn. When he received a notification to report to a U.S. Army draft center, he had to report. Following an extensive physical exam and a written test, he was told that he had 30 days to join another branch of military service, or he would join the Army. He chose Navy flight training, and soon began a nine-year period as a Naval Officer. He first flew as a “Hurricane Hunter” in the Atlantic, then became an instructor in radar air control, after which he flew in the Pacific, which included three combat deployments to Viet Nam and left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.

He graduated from the University of Missouri with a major in sociology, and minors in psychology and philosophy. He was ordained as a Unity minister in 1973 and has served in two ministries, two years in a Florida church, and now, 46 years in Toronto. In this period he served on the Board and Executive Committee of the worldwide Association of Unity Churches and as the Vice President of that body.

2021 Voting Members and Directors of Unity Church Toronto

Mr Victor Austin – Vice President (Voting Member)
victore.austin@gmail.com Victor is our Board Vice President and has filled the capacity of Board President in the past. Victor is retired from 36 years working with the Federal Government of Canada as a senior telecommunications officer. Victor serves our ministry by providing the online broadcasting of classes and services and has also served our ministry for 30+ years in the roles of Children’s Church Director, Y.O.U. Director and the founder of Unity Toastmasters as well as the developer and implementer of our Unity Online Broadcast service.
Volunteer Services:
Board Director, Online Broadcaster and Tech Support, Platform Support

Mr Lester Singh – Director (Voting Member)
Volunteer Services:
Board Director, Real Estate Consultant

Ms Debbie Latcha – Director (Secretary – Voting Member)
Volunteer Services:
Board Director, 4T Prosperity Facilitator

Ms Marlene Collins
Volunteer Services:
Board Director, Hospitality Support

Ms Angela Collier
Volunteer Services:
Board Director, Hospitality Support

2021 Non-Voting Member – Rev. James Sherman 

We bless our Board, new members and honorary member. We celebrate them and thank each member for their commitment and service to God and our ministry.

Principles

1. Our view of God.
2. Our view of the individual.
3. Our view of the relationship between God and the individual.

Our view of God can be summarized in our foundation statement: There is only one presence and one power in the universe, God the good, omnipotent. Though there are variations on this statement, the idea that God the good is the only power at work.

Our view of the individual is that God the good is individualized as the central core of every person’s being. All the elements that God is are focalized as the essence of the individual.

Our view of the relationship between God and the individual is that of unity, oneness. There is no place where God leaves off and the individual begins.

These three elements determine how and why we view Jesus in the way we do. They totally influence the way we approach prayer and meditation. They provide the rationale behind our approach to healing. They are the foundation that governs our understanding of prosperity. In fact, every single concept we teach has as its basis of logic our understanding of these three elements. Those who wish to know why Unity takes its particular approach on any given subject will understand why once they have this key.

Defines human beings as….

Physical entities who are divine by nature

Souls on an evolutionary journey

Capable of direct communication with God

What Unity Teaches

“Unity teaches three very simple ideas that no one will ever improve upon.

We teach that there is but one Presence and one Power in the universe, God, the Good, omnipotent.

We teach that every individual is a direct expression of this Presence and every individual has an unalterable relationship of oneness with this Presence.

Everything else that we teach is commentary on these ideas, instruction on how to rethink our individual experience based on these ideas, and how to deepen the awareness of our relationship of oneness with this Presence.

To remain a solid and practical catalyst to authentic, spiritual transformation, we will never stop talking about these ideas. We will only get better at doing it.” Rev. J Douglas Bottorff

Board Meetings

Dates: TBD

Learn, grow, love, heal, laugh and pray…

Life is meant to be good!”