Rev. Richard A. Schumacher



Rev. Ric Schumacher is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and writer. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including articles in Unity Magazine, Daily Word and Journey Magazine.

He has written for the following newspapers: Youngstown Vindicator, The Warren Tribune Chronicle. The Review Newspapers carried his regular weekly column titled Positive Perspectives on Parenting.

He, along with another minister shared a regular column in The Senior News, a Mahoning Valley based monthly. For eight years now, The Warren Tribune Chronicle, has given Ric a full page on Christmas Eve for one of his Christmas Fables.

His poems have appeared in Unity Magazine and Daily Word Magazine. Two of his pieces were selected for inclusion in Unity’s anthology Truth the Poet Sings. His poem The Hope of Glory was chosen as one of the selected readings in Wings of Song, Unity’s current hymnal.

As a consultant, he has worked with Unity and Religious Science Churches on organizational development issues including: strategic planning, board and key leadership development, and conflict as a source of growth.

As an avocational archaeologist, Ric has been to the Holy Land where he participated in an archeological dig known as the Megiddo Expedition. The Megiddo Expedition operates under the auspices of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. The Senior U.S. partner is Penn State University. Consortium Universities include: The Universities of George Washington, Loyola Marymount, Southern California, and Vanderbilt (USA) Bern (Switzerland).

Megiddo may be the single most important site in Biblical archeology. Megiddo is the only site referenced in both the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) and the New Testament. It is mentioned in the book of Kings and is the setting of Armageddon referred to in Revelations Chapter 16.  Additionally, he has worked with the Maya Research Program at its site in Belize exploring and mapping unexcavated Mayan sites in the sub-tropical rainforest jungle of Belize and on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

Ric is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, The North American Patristics Society, The American Anthropological Association and he is an Associate member of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion. Ric has served as a board member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Lung Association, The Northeast Ohio Task Force on AIDS and the Kidney Foundation. He currently serves as senior minister of Unity Church Centre in Girard, Ohio . Ric lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife Heather and two cats. In his free time, Ric enjoys photography and watercolor painting.

Unity Staff Members

Administrative Assistant: Lynn Denning

Office Manager: Lyn Hemphill

Music Director: Kirk Kupensky

Adjunct Wedding Officiant: Rev. Melissa Ketchum



Our fine adult education, Licensed Unity Teachers include:


♥  Lynn Denning

♥  Jean Rennolds

♥  Alison McNeal

♥  Cay Tomerlin

Licensed Unity Teachers provide Unity ministries with leaders who are equipped to serve and support Unity ministers and ministries.  The use of the title of Licensed Unity Teacher is granted only to those who are affiliated with a ministry recognized by Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Education and licensing of Unity teachers is a joint venture between Unity Institute and Unity Worldwide Ministries.  A Licensed Unity Teacher has worked with Unity Institute and the SEE Department as they completed required courses.  Licensed Unity Teacher candidates successfully complete all of the required courses offered in the Spiritual Development Program as well as all of the required Leadership courses. The Practicum, which is completed at the candidate’s ministry, is completed during the same time frame that the Leadership courses are being completed. Candidates begin the Practicum work after successfully completing a psychological evaluation and being accepted into the Licensed Teacher Program.  The Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries approves the licensing of each candidate.



Unity Center for Spiritual Living offers courses from the Spiritual Development Program for credit.  Please look under the Small Groups tab from the top menu for the Spiritual Education and Enrichment pages for more information on classes currently being offered.