Rev. John Beerman - Senior Minister
Rev. John joined Unity of Medina in March 2018. He graduated in June 2015 from Unity Institute with a Master's Degree in Divinity, and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries at that time. His lifelong goal was to become a Unity Minister, and he acknowledges Spirit, the Christ within, and his spouse Charlotte for supporting his commitment to ministry.
Prior to arriving in Medina, John was an active Licensed Unity Teacher and Spiritual Leader at Unity of Loveland, Colorado. For a long while before receiving the call to ministry, John volunteered at Unity churches and communities, and he served in many capacities - Sunday Service Speaker, Unity Principles Teacher, Workshop Leader, and Spiritual Counselor. John was on two boards for Unity Churches in Friendswood and League City, Texas before moving to Colorado where he served Unity of the Rockies by teaching classes and leading small groups.
During his time as a volunteer with Unity, John was working as an Employees Benefits Consultant and served the insurance and retirement plan needs of corporations, individuals, and non-profit organizations in the communication and delivery of employee benefit programs. He also volunteered his time as member of the National Health Insurance Association, during the time that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was introduced and passed into law. In 2014, John decided to leave his business career to pursue the ministry full time.
John is married to Charlotte Garrett, LUT. John and Charlotte have five children and seven grandchildren and enjoy hiking, biking, travel and spending time in nature.
John's passion in ministry is conveying and living Unity Truth Principles in a way that is transparent and spiritually awakening, using his lively style and dry sense of humor.
Rev. Barbara Hribar - Founding Minister Emeritus
Unity of Medina arose from "a thirst for spiritual teachings and support." A small group of like-minded individuals connected with Barbara Hribar, Licensed Unity Teacher, in November of 2001 through The Herb Store in Medina. Barbara was just moving to Medina, her four children were all adults, and she was willing to leave her corporate training position with Nature’s Sunshine to oversee the development of a Unity Study Group.
September of 2002, Barbara accepted the responsibility of spiritual leader and administrator of Unity of Medina as defined then by The Association of Unity Churches. Her prior involvement in Unity churches began in 1981 in Chesterland, Cleveland, Tallmadge and in Westlake as a lay minister. Rev. Barbara completed the four-year Unity Field Licensing Ministerial School and was ordained in March 2010. "Becoming the pioneering minister wasn't as much a decision as a natural unfolding of my commitment to develop and support a true Unity ministry."
For 15 years, Rev. Barbara and the congregation worked to create a prayerful, healthy Unity foundation that would serve all as their church home. Because she encouraged individuals to express their unique gifts, nearly everyone became involved in some way in the growth process. She gives special credit to David Byrley as her gentle encourager, along with others on her lay ministerial team, Betty Hatch, Nancy Williams and Wendy James. She says, “There was absolutely Divine Order in this process, and there is Divine Order now in Rev. John as Unity of Medina’s new minister. Divine Order assures us that God’s love and abundance is ever available to God’s creations; life was designed by a creator of order. While circumstances may not always go according to our human wishes, God never leaves us alone.”
Rev. Barbara worked to build something far larger than herself. She has been THE center, helping to bring order to our individual and collective spiritual progressions. She has marked the timelines of our lives. She has officiated at our weddings, blessed our babies at christenings, come to bless our homes, celebrated annual church graduations of youth, comforted us at funerals and memorials. She visited us when our emotional and physical health needed uplifting. She has cultivated an educational curriculum to guide our children and empowered her music leaders. Some clergy are skilled at spiritual leadership. Others embrace the intimacy of personal ministry. Rev. Barbara has offered us both, and our congregation is strong!
She says, “I have great faith and confidence in Unity of Medina’s continuing evolution of a prayerful, foundational Unity presence! Remember, God does not call the equipped but equips the called. That’s why all things are possible.”
Upon retiring in January 2017 she continued to pursue her passion of helping others help themselves to a healthier, happier, more prosperous life through her work at Youthful Living, Inc. as a Whole Life Coach and Natural Science Researcher and Educator. She resides in Brunswick, Ohio and Peoria, Arizona.
Rev. Kathy Sullivan - Music Minister
I firmly believe that through music we can have a direct experience with God. It is my job to present the music in such a way as to lead you to that experience, or at least as close to it as I can get! The rest is up to you. I choose the music with care in order to lead you there: the opening song to help get the energy up, the song before the lesson to help open your heart better receive the lesson, and especially the song after the lesson which serves to reinforce the message just spoken. My goal is to provide this spiritual community with another avenue of self-discovery through listening to the best musicians the area has to offer. I look forward to helping your heart sing as well! Rev. Kathy was ordained through All Faiths Seminary International.
Charlotte Garrett - Licensed Unity Teacher
Charlotte Garrett is a Licensed Unity Teacher who also serves the Unity Movement as a Prayer Chaplain Trainer and a Healthy Congregations Facilitator. She has been instrumental in serving Unity ministries with her skills in communications, management and organizational growth. Charlotte has a rich background in organizational management and has led churches and non-profit organizations in classes, workshops and mission/visioning processes.
Charlotte is a retired Federal Government Civil Servant. She is married to Rev. John Beerman. Together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Together they enjoy hiking, biking, travel and spending time in nature.