Our Board of Trustees

Jim Fuller President of the Board

Jim Fuller: President

Jim Fuller first encountered Unity through this congregation in 1992. He is a long-time student of A Course In Miracles and a retired Unity Minister. He and his wife Kay live in South Charlotte.

Martin Wells

Martin Wells: Vice President 

Martin is a long time member of Unity of Charlotte.  He and his wife Margaret are leaders in our Unity study group in Belmont.


Dr. Adrian Calabrese: Treasurer

Dr. Adrian Calabrese, Ph.D., Msc.D. C.H., was ordained a New Thought minister in 1993, by the International Metaphysical Ministry. She has been with Unity since 2015 and is a frequent guest speaker and vocalist at our church. An accomplished theatre director/actor, she leads our Theatre Ministry. Dr. Adrian founded the Metaphysical Church of the Spirit, and the Metaphysical Center for Arts and Sciences, in New York, and officiated there for 20 years. She is the author of three spiritual self-help books, Sacred Signs”,How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted,” and 10 Spiritual Steps to a Magical Life.”


Barbara Cunningham: Secretary

  • Born in Palmerton, PA.
  • BS in Communication Disorders from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
  • MS in Speech-Language Disorders from University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
  • Married to my beloved, Yvonne, for 43 yrs. 
  • 40+ years practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist primarily working with adults in Hospital and Rehab settings in the Carolinas as a Clinician and Rehab Director.  Last 18 years working in the Home Health setting. Currently working, as needed, in Home Health. Getting more involved with needs of the vulnerable senior and with educating the community about “Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia”. 
  • Took an eight year hiatus from Speech Therapy, in my late 20’s/early 30’s, with Yvonne, in a furniture, woodworking business. 
  • Involved with Unity of Charlotte for approx. 35 years (started with Nancy Ennis with the weekly Sunday evening group at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC and also during the Rev. Randolph Wilkerson years).
  • Hobbies: nature, birding, traveling, gardening, crafting - especially with wood and resin, biking, kayaking, hiking, loving our 2 doggies and spending time with family. 


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Ronald E. Rupp (Rabboni): Trustee

I attended Bowling Green State University, joined the US Army, obtained a commission, and served 9 years. After the service, I ran a motel, a restaurant, a small business and sold health and accident insurance.

I then, attended Austin Peay State University and obtained an Economics degree and an MBA. I taught there as an adjunct professor teaching first year calculus and economics.

I was hired by Union Carbide Corporation by the production and operations department. I was the operations manager to manage the production of stainless steel. I then started a small wholly owned corporation owned by Union Carbide called Union Carbide Alloys. I worked for Union Carbide for 11 years. Over the next couple of years, I worked as an international marketing manager for Keystone Aluminum and as an international logistics manager for American Carbon and Metals.

I was hired by USC, an international consulting firm performing operations improvement for major firms. I traveling throughout the United States and Canada. After 9/11 occurred, I decided I needed to stay closer to home and became a Rural Postal Carrier and spent the next 21 years as a carrier until I took retirement in 2019 at the age of 75.

I was married to Sandi on the 12th of October 1990 at the Westlake Unity Church, Westlake, Ohio. Like so many others, after just one church service at the Arlington, Virginia Unity Center and I was hooked. We, because of various moves, attended the Unity Center of Arlington, Va, Unity Center of Pittsburg and the Unity Church of Youngstown, Ohio. In 1999 we moved to Charlotte and joined Unity of Charlotte. We attended sporadically, as both of our jobs required extensive travel. Sandi passed away on the 20th of December 2021.

I am actively working with the Prayer Team and currently conducting Reading Groups on The Mysteries of John and The Twelve. I served on the board of directors at The Unity Center of Pittsburgh for a short period of time. Most of my training has come from self-reading, reading with my wife and Meditation.




Gil Spears: Trustee

Gil is a semi-retired teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  He is a long time member of Unity of Charlotte and serves on the Finance Committee. 


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Beverly Pearson: Alternate Trustee