Reverend Joy Wyler
Personal Mission Statement: I use humor, compassion and insight to inspire others to claim their Divine power and to lead joyous lives of abundance and service. As I live the Truth I know, I teach, minister, counsel and celebrate with others creating a world of harmony.
Joy Wyler is an ordained Unity minister from the class of 2004. She is a dynamic speaker who shares her passion for living a life rooted in spiritual principle in classes, workshops, and Sunday messages. Her gentle humor and gift for practical applications of spiritual teachings enliven the work that we do at Unity of Lehigh Valley.
Reverend Joy has served at ULV since April 2009. She serves the Unity movement as faculty for Unity Institute, a writer for the Daily Word and Secretary on the Board of the Eastern Region of Unity Worldwide Ministries. She also serves on community boards for the YWCA of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.
Reverend Joy comes to the Valley from Kansas City where she lived and worked as a Unity truth student for many years. Her experience has included laboratory science, personal and corporate practice of law and academic faculty. She is the mother of two young adults, Victor and Kari. Her outside interests include serving in the community advocating for diversity awareness and a level playing field for all, pet rescue and gardening.
James 2:18 “Show me your faith apart from your works and I by my works will show you my faith.”
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees guides the church spiritually and financially. While the work of the board often involves budgets, personnel and facilities, the board members also sign a pledge to support the church through their tithes, prayers and commitment to apply Unity principles to any situation.
President - Eva Burkhart
Vice President - Dale Parkhurst
Treasurer - Jon Durn
Secretary - Teresa O'Malley
Trustee: Joyce Buchman
Trustee: Marisa Lenci
Trustee: JoAnn Sieger
Music Director - Anthony Young
God always answers prayer; even when we have forgotten what we prayed.
As a young man, my prayer and aim was to serve God as a musician using the gifts and talents God had given me. I studied piano, voice, conducting, composition and orchestration with excellent, well-acclaimed teachers. I majored in music at several schools and universities with distinguished music programs, sang with many choirs and played in many orchestras and bands. At 18, I was one of the youngest organist/choir directors in NY state.
After 28 years I retired from UPS. I raised and provided for my family. I did remain active in many church music programs and had occasional minor jobs in the profession. But most of the dreams I had as a young man were eventually forgotten and pretty much extinguished. When I retired, I had no plans to return to music. But God seemed to have a different plan. God never forgets the uniqueness and design of every creation. I am amazed at the doors that have opened in my life and for the first time in years, I have a dream again.
I currently live in Easton, PA with my partner/husband of 15 years. We are near most of our 5 children and 7 grandchildren. We love riding our Yamaha motorcycles and have ridden them all the way around Lake Ontario, down the Blue Ridge Parkway and around Lake Huron. Ironically, the manufacturer that made my 1300 V-Star motorcycle also created the Clavinova CVP300 keyboard I love to play at ULV. I am also an avid gardener and love playing pinochle and other card and board games.
Youth & Family Ministries Director - Kari Wyler
I was raised in Unity and served as a YOU officer as well as an YFM volunteer after graduation. I enjoy being able to interact and work with kids. My passion is being able to share what I know with those who I come across. I attended Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Spring 2013 graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College with Certification Degree in Early Childhood intervention. I volunteer with the LVCIL. I also participate in doing advocacy work as well. In my free time I enjoy a good book or taking our two dogs out for walks.
Karen Esbensen - Administrator
This is the 2nd time Karen has served as Administrator for ULV. She is an avid animal lover and firmly believes that we are all ONE. She is a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer and leads a program designed to get your beliefs, thoughts and actions aligned with what you want in your life.
Sexton - Rob Sieger
Rob Sieger was born in Norristown, PA in the same year that Sputnik orbited earth. He spent many years travelling and learning before finally settling down with his lovely wife, Jo Ann, in Historic Emmaus, PA. Rob likes to teach, garden and be a good sexton. He is a devoted cat-dad for Max and Mali. Maybe he'll "retire" someday but what this would look like is a mystery to him!
Licensed Unity Teachers
Licensed Unity Teachers have a very important role in the Unity movement, and in Unity churches. They contribute to our understanding of Unity principles by teaching classes, facilitating study groups and providing spiritual leadership in the church. A Licensed Unity Teacher has successfully completed at least three years of training in basic Unity principles, metaphysics, Bible, and leadership development through our Association of Unity Churches and Unity School of Christianity.
Wilma Alvarez Joie Barry Jeanne Shipe