Minister and Staff

Senior Minister: Reverend Joyce Fisher Pierce

As an expression of God, Reverend Joyce combines prayer and faith with her joyful energy and love of people to help others awaken to the presence and power of God within, and transform their lives.

Reverend Joyce has been a New Thought Unity Truth Student for 35 years. Before moving to Richmond in 2000, she served as the part-time leader at Unity Center Las Cruces in New Mexico from 1995-1998 while working full-time as Public Relations & Financial Development and Education Director for the Humane Society in El Paso, Texas.

Prior to entering the ministry, she was Director of Public Relations and Volunteer Services for two major hospitals.

Reverend Joyce is a graduate of Unity Institute’s Ministerial Education Program located at Unity School of Christianity, Unity Village, Missouri. She was ordained as a Unity minister by the Association of Unity Churches, Lee's Summit, Missouri.

She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso, and is a Registered Nurse and graduate of the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing affiliated with Youngstown University.

Reverend Joyce's personal affirmation:
    "I can hardly wait to see what wonderful good comes from this!"

Coordinator of Adult Education: Reverend Valorie Kay

Reverend Valorie is a Unity Minister. She develops the curriculum for those seeking a greater understanding of Unity principles, as well as classes that support exploration of the inner Self.

Valorie is also a musician and a Music Minister who leads song and drum circles and other workshops using her music, Native American flute, and other transformational tools. For more about Valorie's music, go to Valorie's e-mail address is




Licensed Unity Teacher: Cheryl Fare, MFA 

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Music Director: Claudia Carawan

Claudia leads our music program which is a dynamic, creative force that supports and reflects the Unity principles using the language of music. The mission of our music program is to provide music that is spiritually enriching and inspiring. We feature a diverse variety of musical styles ranging from pop, inspirational, jazz, rock, new age, and classical, but the overall format is contemporary.

Claudia has been Music Director at Unity of Bon Air for several years and has been a professional musician most of her life. She is an award-winning songwriter, an international recording artist, and a powerful vocalist who plays many instruments (piano, guitar and alto sax). Claudia has recorded four CDs of "positively soulful" music (Out of the Blue, Fearless, Joy Rising and Magic In The Air, her first Christmas CD), which have received rave reviews. Her voice has been featured on radio and television in national advertising campaigns. For more about Claudia go to Claudia's e-mail address is:

Director of Youth and Family Ministry: Melody Neal

Melody is a Registered Nurse and Dialysis Facility Administrator with past experience as a pediatric nurse.

She has been a member at Unity of Bon Air since 2005 and active within the Youth and Family Ministry since 2012. She served as YFM Assistant Director prior to accepting position as Director. Melody's e-mail address is





Assistant Director of Youth and Family Ministry: Sean Honea

Sean is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and served in the U.S. Army for 8 years. He has a Bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Sean’s professional areas of interest include stress management and emotional well-being, non-insertion needling, pediatrics, orthopedics and sports medicine, and community outreach. Sean is a graduate of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, California. He received his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) in 2015. Sean is Board Certified by the NCCAOM and licensed by the state of Virginia. He and his wife, Erica Honea, opened Southside Community Acupuncture, LLC in 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.

Bookkeeper: Sara Saravanane 

Sara's e-mail is:






Life Events Coordinator: Janie Van Ostern

Weddings, Memorials, Anniversaries

Janie's e-mail is

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Office Manager: Jennifer (Jenn) Harter

Jennifer is the cheerful face greeting visitors in the Unity of Bon Air office. Jennifer joined the staff of Unity of Bon Air in the summer of 2017. She handles the everyday operations of the office. In addition to preparing the weekly bulletin, Jennifer manages and maintains our busy church's calendar of events. Jennifer's e-mail is: