Sue began attending Unity of Springfield in March, 1988, and like many who have attended over the years, she knew she had found her spiritual home. She became the Secretary/Administrator in February, 1995.
Having been involved for many years in all aspects of the ministry, including performing many ministerial duties such as counseling and delivering the Sunday messages, Sue then stepped into the role of Spiritual Leader in January, 2006. She became a Licensed Unity Teacher (L.U.T.) in 2007.
Ministering is Sue's absolute passion and joy. She also loves music and enjoys singing. Two of Sue’s greatest joys are her grandsons, Rylee and Deklyn.
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Administrative & Support Staff
Dee Richardson, Administrator
Dee knows that she is living her “purpose.” As Administrative Assistant to the Senior Minister at Unity Church of Overland Park, KS, and Licensed Unity Teacher (since 1996), serving in Branson, MO, Dee's experiences prepared her well for her current position as Administrator of Unity of Springfield.
Dee enjoys doing a Sunday lesson now and then, teaching Unity classes, and using her skills in organization to effectively manage the day-to-day affairs of the church. Her hobby is stamping to create greeting cards, which she gifts to the church to send to congregants. Dee recently began tap-dancing classes after a 50-year hiatus.
Dee has four grown children, three in Springfield, and one in Chicago. All six of her grandchildren are here in Springfield. Her dog, Hazel, a Sheltie/Poodle mix, occasionally accompanies her to work.
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Lisa Landrigan, Volunteer Administrator
“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day!" “ —Alex Noble
If you have a gift or talent you would like to share with our church, please contact Lisa at email@example.com.
Jessica Quin, Youth Director
I have been a part of Unity my whole life. I grew up with Unity church as my home and am so blessed to have it as my foundation in life, continuing by taking classes to become a Licensed Unity Teacher. I grew through each part of the Youth Department starting with the little kids Sunday School, moving up through the Uniteen and Y.O.U. programs, then joined the N.G.U. group once I graduated. After Graduation I became a sponsor for the Uniteen and Y.O.U. programs and am blessed to now be the Teen Director for Unity of Springfield. Excited for this leadership opportunity and to help these kids learn to grow into and love the Unity Truths as much as I have.
Alice Merrifield, Nursery (Infants to Toddlers not yet potty trained)
The Nursery is staffed by Alice Merrifield, and is open whenever church services are held on Sunday mornings, from 9 am to 10:15 and from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm, and occasionally for some special events (when a request for such service is made in advance to the office).
Alice has been working as the Nursery Supervisor at Unity of Springfield since 1982 . She truly loves working with children this age, and they love her in return. As she watches their individual uniqueness express, the joy Alice experiences helping children learn and grow is readily apparent.
Alice was born in Mexico and raised in West Texas, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish. Alice has been married to her husband, John, since 1981. In her free time she enjoys simple pleasures, and loves to pamper herself.
Rachel Barnes, Youth Department (Ages 3-Years to 5th Grade)
I have been a part of the Unity movement from my early infancy and have deeply enjoyed the lessons I have learned along the way. Once upon a time I was on the path to becoming a Liscenced Unity Teacher and completed all coursework on the path. I do have hopes of returning to this path soon! I've spent the best years of my youth serving as a leader of "Youth of Unity." It was in my youth that I found my passion for speaking Unity principles to others. It's been a driving force as I completed my University work and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies.
Upon graduation we expanded our family with the arrival of my daughter, Myrtle Jane in 2013. I am so blessed to serve as the Director of the Junior Sunday School Program here at Unity of Springfield. I know that I am exactly where I need to be and I could not be more grateful to share Truth principles with the youth of our community.
John Russ, Music Director
John Russ was born in Washington, DC, and grew up near Andrews Air Force Base. His family moved to Springfield in 1974, and he attended Kickapoo High School and SMSU before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 1985. He lived in Boston until returning to Springfield in 2001, and has been working at American National Insurance since 2002, currently as a Quality Assurance auditor.
He found Unity in 2014, after discussing his spiritual ideas with a friend. He finds the five principles empowering. He is involved with the band, and has helped out with many other activities. Unity has helped him grow as a spiritual being, and he is interested in expanding his involvement by working with others to come up with creative solutions to business problems.
2021 Board Members
Amy Burnette - President
Amy Burnett has attended Unity of Springfield since 2014. She enjoys attending services, special events, classes and volunteering as often as she can.
Amy felt called to a higher level of service to the church and is excited to add her energy to the Board's efforts to make Unity of Springfield more visible in our community. Amy holds a BS in psychology and a M.Ed in Special Ed Learning & Instruction. She currently works for Missouri Children's Division. Prior to this, Amy dedicated 14 years to providing services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Amy is married to her wonderful wife, Lisa Landrigan, who also attends Unity. They have four adult children and one beautiful granddaughter.
Paula Armknecht - Vice President
Paula has been a student of Unity for many years, first attending (what was then) Christ Church Unity around 1981. She has attended many classes offered through Unity, served as Jr. Sunday School Director, and is currently in her 8th year on Unity of Springfield's Board of Directors. Paula retired from teaching four years ago, but continues to work part-time with children as a substitute teacher. She attended MSU and Lindenwood University and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.S. in Educational Administration and an Ed.D. In Instructional Leadership.
John Braucher - Secretary
John has practiced as a Clinical Social Worker for more than 40 years. He is a father of three, and a grandfather of three. John has a keen interest in Health and Wellness, not only for people, but also for the planet! He plants trees and shrubs on his homestead outside of Warsaw, Missouri.
Joseph Babbitt - Treasurer
Norma Vinson - Emeritus Board Member
Norma Vinson has served on the Board of Directors at Unity for over 9 years, which includes 2 wonderfully difficult years as President. Honored now as Emeritus Board member, she has a voice but no vote on decisions and attends most Board functions. She has been a member of Unity since 1977 and still studying this way of life.
Serving as building and grounds liaison, she qualifies from years of real estate involvement and managing her numerous rental properties. Although she has been around for over 80 years, she still enjoys working as a commercial appraiser, doing eminent domain valuations for public improvements.
The center of Norma’s life is her four kids, their kids and their kid’s kids. Hobbies are ballroom dancing, judging dog shows, landscaping and playing occasional piano. Yoga and exercise and a good chiropractor are expected to help her keep up the pace.
Teresa is from Chihuahua Mexico and came to USA in 1997. She started her spiritual path in 2005. She found Unity in 2013 and has been a board member for both Unity of Branson and Unity of Springfield. She is on the path to be a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT). Teresa is also active in the School of Metaphysics. Her dream is to translate those lessons from English to Spanish and incorporate Spanish speakers more effectively into the new thought moment.
Teresa's passion is working towards a more inclusive and diverse world.
Kat Presko has attended Unity of Springfield since 2017. She enjoys attending services, volunteering on the media team and loves making videos for Unity.
Kat has a background in technology and is a videographer. She recently started her own podcast called, “Get Happy See What Happens'' and looks forward to integrating Unity principles and Spirituality on the podcasts.She is working on her Doctorate in Holistic Counseling and enjoys teaching on various mental health wellness topics especially PTSD/Trauma as well as LGBTQIA+ awareness. Kat is single and has two feline children, Red and Samadie and loves swimming and being outdoors around water.