Meet Our Board of Directors

Rev. Farolyn Mann

Rev. Farolyn Mann

Rev. Farolyn Mann
Senior Minister

Rev. Mann accepted the position of senior minister at Unity in Rockport in October 2017. Prior to that, she served as an associate Minister with Unity of Houston 2004–2017. While at Unity of Houston, Rev. Mann facilitated the church counseling department, prayer ministry, adult groups, Spanish-speaking ministry, and bookstore. One of her deepest lifelong passions is facilitating women’s journeys as they step into lives they love.

“I enjoy interacting with people at all stages of life and in all stages of their spiritual growth as they reach to embrace more of who they are,” says Rev. Mann. “Within every person there lies a power waiting to be unleashed. I absolutely love stepping into a classroom or coaching session to share principles that open the mind and the heart of each individual to the truth of who God created them to be.”


Barbara Gurtner

Barbara Gurtner

Barbara Gurtner
President

Barbara became a member of Unity in Rockport in 2012. She previously served as vice president, secretary, and board member-at-large. Barbara is marketing coordinator for the Aransas County Partnership Economic Development Corporation, sits on the Board of Rockport Little Theatre, and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations. Unity in Rockport is the spiritual home she searched for, and she enjoys life on the Texas coast with her husband.


Joy Hyde

Joy Hyde

Joy Hyde
Vice President

Joy is a native Californian who was introduced to New Thought spirituality 64 years ago. She moved to Missouri in 1977, and it was there she became a member of the Springfield Missouri Unity Church. Joy moved to Fulton, Texas in 2011 and joined the Unity church at that time. She served on the Unity in Rockport board 2011– 2015, and again 2018–present. Her talent, her career, and her love is art.


Cindy Leonard

Cindy Leonard

Cindy Leonard
Treasurer

Cindy returned to Texas in early 2018 and was thrilled to find Unity in Rockport. She began her New Thought journey at 16—when her parents enrolled her in a six-week class on the Silva Method for self-help and meditation. She attended New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living in Aurora, Colorado for six years, where she studied Foundations in New Thought, Affirmative Prayer, Spiritual Economics, and The Power of Your Word. Since attending Unity in Rockport, she added Prosperity Plus to that list. She’s currently enrolled in Natural Healing classes.


Wyn Bumgartner

Wyn Bumgartner

Wyn Bumgartner
Secretary

Wyn joined Unity Church in Houston 15 years ago. After moving to Rockport in 2019, she visited several local churches and then joined Unity in Rockport. Wyn is currently the secretary on the Board. She also works as a career consultant with individuals, groups, and organizations. She loves Unity’s broad spiritual orientation, the people here, and the openness to many different perspectives.


Winnie Ovenden

Winnie Ovenden

Winnie Ovenden
Spiritual Leader

Winnie began seeking her spiritual truth in 1965 with a prayer circle and continued her journey with Unity in Rockport as youth director for Sunday School. She has led a weekly prayer and meditation circle for the past 35 years and offers energy healing sessions to all who are in need. Winnie joined the Unity in Rockport Board of Directors in 2019 and is spiritual leader, holding space for prayer at every meeting.

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