Rev Doug Werth, Senior Minister
Rev Doug has been on a spiritual journey his entire life, starting at the age of 4 years old. He found the Unity movement back in 1977, and has been deeply connected ever since. He is a seeker and explorer of Truth. Rev Doug started immersing himself in Unity teachings around 1996 by attending 25 of Unity's CEP classes. He served several Unity Churches in many positions including prayer chaplain, Sunday service team leader, and guest speaker.
After a 40-year career in manufaturing management with several different Fortune 500 companies, he took a leap of faith and entered Unity's Ministerial Program. He became an Ordained and Licensed Unity Minister in 2004 and became the senior minister at Unity of Chattanooga. Rev Doug combines a quest for New Thought wisdom with a depth of knowledge about the Bible and its metaphysical meanings. He has also studied many other religions. In his Sunday messages, Rev Doug integrates insights from both East and West, including Christianity, Judaism, psychology, science and personal development. His favorite quote in the Bible comes from Romans 12: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
He served as the senior minister for 10 years before retiring. After going back into the business world in 2015 for 5 more years, he retired a second time and has now returned to Unity of Chattanooga to once again guide those interested in their own spiritual growth and transformation. He brings a strong spiritual background in ministry, meditation practices, and metaphysical teachings with him while also having a substantial business background in business management for more than 30 years.
He has been married to his wife, Penny, for 46 years and they work together to serve the church. He spent two years of college studying the engineering field and then changed his major. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Business Finance. He continues to have a passion for learning and spends a lot of time reading new thought books by comtenporary authors. He also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities which includes riding his Harley!
Rev Fayann Schmidt, LUT
Associate and Pastoral Care Minister
Fayann has always had a great love for nature as well as spirituality. For a long time, she had dreamed about becoming a Unity Minister. She started on that journey by first receiving a certificate as a Licensed Unity Teacher in December of 2007. Next she applied to become a minister at the Unity Urban School of Ministry and is now a Licensed Unity Minister. Fayann was Ordained in June of 2018. Her most important qualification is that she likes working with people of different faiths to help bring about more peace and understanding of each other. She is currently taking a leave of absence to care for her mother in florida.
Meet Your Board of Trustees:
Amanda Adamson - Board President
Eric Miller - Board Vice President
Laura Noyes - Board Treasurer
Mona Petro - Member-at-Large
Kelly Thomspon - Member-at-Large