Rev. Dr. Steve Colladay – Transitional Minister
The Unity of Columbia Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have hired Rev. Dr. Steve Colladay as our transitional minister. His first day at Unity of Columbia will be Monday, November 15, and he will serve for 6 months.
Steve, an ordained Unity minister, is a certified transitional specialist and a ministry skills consultant for the central office of Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has served as a full-time senior minister for 21 years in 4 Unity ministries, and 5 years as a transitional ministry specialist and church growth consultant. He has been a consultant or speaker in over 40 Unity ministries in 25 states.
Steve served as a regional Unity board of trustee member in 3 Unity regions–South Central, Southeast, and Northwest Unity regions, as well as sub-regions in Dallas and UMASS (southeastern states).
Steve has an earned doctorate in Organizational Development in Health Care and has consulting and training experience in 30 states, plus teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in colleges and universities in 4 states. His doctorate is in Organizational Development from International College, and his Masters degree is in College Administration and Counseling from Michigan State University. Steve recently completed 3 extended units of Clinical Pastoral Education in Kansas City, MO.
Steve is committed to supporting our military and first responders and has served as a consultant and volunteer mentor for staff and clients of VA Vet Centers in 5 states, as well as Regional Vet Center staff training events in the Pacific and Midwestern regions. Steve has been an Interfaith Chaplain with the DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy serving our military to/from Iraq/Afghanistan after R & R. Currently he is a graduate of and current a mentor for The Battle Within healing academy, Kansas City, MO, supporting the healing of veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress.
Steve is a pianist, composer and a producer of programs for stress management and mental conditioning techniques for veterans and athletes. An avid runner, cyclist and walker, he has completed 29 marathons, plus four 36-mile ultra-marathons
We look forward to welcoming Steve to our spiritual family at Unity of Columbia!
Rev. Lauri has Retired — read her letter to the congregation
Last Sunday: 9/26/2021
Transformation is one of my most deeply held values. I believe that our purpose for being is to awaken to a higher level of consciousness in order to transform our human experience. I have lived this value in my own life, and have discovered that one of my personal Spirit-gifts is the ability to help facilitate this process in others.
It has been a joy to serve as the Minister for Unity of Columbia. I have been honored to participate in your individual spiritual journeys and your journey as a community. I have witnessed your openness, your willingness, your wisdom, your compassion, and your creativity with wonder and awe. I am so proud of you all. And because of you, I have stretched and grown, going deeper on my own spiritual journey than I would have dreamed possible. I love you all and will miss you greatly. And, I clearly see us all moving toward our next good. I leave knowing that Unity of Columbia is thriving and growing and ready for its next phase of expression.