Rev. Margaret Hiller took over the ministerial duties at Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach in April of 2005. She has over 20 years in ministry, presenting in churches, hospitals, colleges, and mental health agencies. Her wisdom and zest for life flow into humorous and heart-connected Sunday messages about current life issues.
Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Psychology and has vast experience in many areas of counseling. She and her husband, David, co-authored the book "Dare to Dream: Healing Fears, Creating Miracles and Living Your Dreams". She and David travel extensively in the United States conducting worship services and presenting a variety of workshops.
Board of Trustees
Each individual on this spectacular Board is committed to his or her own spiritual development; to growing, evolving and working together in wisdom; and to supporting the spiritual health of this church community. This team is comprised of the Minister and seven Trustees elected from the active Membership of the Church. Through prayer and visioning, the Board of Trustees seeks to carefully assess and spiritually discern the highest and best decisions for the business needs and successful operation of the ministry and for the wisest use of the tithes, donations, talents and gifts of this generous congregation. The Board of Trustees holds as its highest priority the well being of the church members and support of UCC as it grows and develops new ministries and future activities.
Our Present Board of Caring Trustees: Carlottia Scott, President; Dee Jones, Vice President; Ann Mancuso, Secretary; Kate Richter, Trustee; Terry Navarria, Trustee; Barbara Morton, Trustee; Darralyn Alexander, Trustee; and our Treasurers, Paula Rogers-Brandt, Co-Treasurer; Nadeene Holliday, Co-Treasurer.
Meet our Board:
Carlottia Scott, President (biography coming soon)
Dee Jones, Vice President Dee and Tom Jones moved to Myrtle Beach in January of 2014 and immediately began coming to Unity Myrtle Beach. They transferred their memberships from Unity Church of the Tri Cities in John City, TN where Dee was a charter member. She was very active on and off the Board of Directors from 2000-2013. She became an alternate to the Unity Myrtle Beach Board of Directors in 2014 and then a voting board member in 2015. She has participated in the many classes, groups and activities. She is the Hospitality coordinator, a member of the Growth and Development team, a greeter/usher, platform assistant and board vice president. Dee says, "Tom and I moved down here for the beach, warm weather and for the opportunity for Growth. Because of Rev. Margaret and our whole Unity family, that is just what we are doing!"
Barbara Morton, Trustee Barbara has been a member of Unity Churches for the past 30 years. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Unity in the Seven Hills in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is currently serving her second year on this board. Barbara is on the Finance Committee and is coordinating the application process for our individual 501C3 status. She is a semi-retired Registered Nurse. Barbara volunteers her nursing skills at the Smith Free Medical Clinic on Pawleys Island. With her chaplain training she visits those in need at their homes, and in hospital, rehab and Hospice settings. Barbara keeps and "attitude of gratitude." She is passionate about the Unity Principles and sharing her gifts of compassion, kindness and understanding to all.
No list is complete without mentioning the tireless efforts of the other individuals that make up the Ministry of Unity Christ Church. Gratitude goes out to: David LaCombe, Music Director; Our current musicians and choir: Bobby Shropshire (bass guitar and piano); Dan Haines (drums); Penny Schilling (guitar); Elysa Ferrara (piano); Kevin Dunn (guitar, Early Service Music); Anton Knoll-Ruffo (guitar, Early Service Music); and choir Marlene Krauthamer, Ann Mancuso, Patti Knapp, Mary Lou Wilson, and Paula Cross. Our PowerPoint team Javier Lopez and Lesta Sue Hardee; our Sound Engineers, Nancy-Paige Robinson, Tom Jones, and Jack Taylor. Our Youth Program Coordinator Sonja Wilson Harden and all our many wonderful volunteers at Unity Christ Church.
Charlene Yvonne Yates, Administrative Assistant. (biography coming soon.)
Lesta Sue Hardee, Director of Social Media. Lesta joined the staff at Unity in April of 2016, she works part time with the church, working mainly with the social media, creating press releases, flyers, updating our online presence and the weekly PowerPoint. She also assists the Minister and the Administrative Assistant, where and whenever needed. In 2018 she will be more involved with Special Events for the church, which includes booking guest speakers and workshops. Lesta found Unity in November 2005 and has been a member since 2006. She has served in many capactities over the years including the Monthly Pot Luck coordinator, Facilitating the Sunday Morning Circle, Teaching classes, workshops and on the Board of Trustees as Secretary. Presently she also volunteers at the church as Prayer Chaplain Coordinator and is on the team of Sunday Morning Platform Assistants. Lesta is a Licensed Unity Teacher candidate, and as of November 2017 she has completed her 37 classes and the practicum work, and is on task for completing the final testing early 2018.
A life long resident of Myrtle Beach, she retired in 2016 from a local public library after over 30 years of service. She is a local historian, having coauthored one book in 2010 "Myrtle Beach Pavilion", Lesta then wrote "Legendary Locals of Myrtle Beach" in 2014. As an author and artist, Lesta loves to create and truly believes in the Unity Five Principles, especially the last one "Through thoughts words and actions, we live the truth we know." Or in her words, "what we think, we create".