Following is the official press release regarding our new Co-Ministers who will be starting on Sunday, July 18. Their first Sunday is Sunday, July 23.
UNITY CHURCH OF THE HILLS ANNOUNCES NEW CO-MINISTERS
Unity Church of the Hills (UCOH), a New Thought spiritual community in Northwest Austin, has named Reverends Brian and Kristen Grandon as its new Co-Ministers.
Board President, Vicky Gale, made the announcement on Sunday, April 23, 2017 following a nationwide search. Vicky said “We are so blessed and honored to announce the Grandons as our new ministers. They bring depth, inspiration and compassion with their positive teaching and leadership. We look forward to this exciting new chapter for UCOH!”
The Grandons will begin their ministry on Tuesday, July 18, with their first Sunday message on July 23 at 9:25 & 11:25 a.m. They were introduced to the congregation back in March (https://vimeo.com/208316103) as part of the interview process and there was an instant connection.
The feeling was mutual. As Rev. Kristen said, “We immediately felt embraced and accepted by the community. We left infused with love and eager to join this dynamic spiritual community.”
The church’s former minister and his wife, Rev. Steve & Mary Bolen, announced plans to retire back in September 2016 after getting the nudge from Spirit that it was time. Rev. Steve and Mary were in ministry for over 30 years, their last ten at UCOH. On his final Sunday, June 25, the Board of Trustees bestowed to Rev. Bolen the lifetime title of Minister Emeritus.
Speaking about the Grandons to the congregation of UCOH, Rev. Steve said, “These two amazing, beautiful beings are fully capable of leading and loving this Spiritual Community as it continues to grow and thrive.” He went on to say, “Above everything else, this community is a community of love. My request of you is to lavish your love upon these two beautiful individuals.”
More about Reverends Brian and Kristen Grandon
After receiving her ordination in 2007, Rev. Kristen began working for Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM). As the Executive Director for Communications for UWM, Kristen was able to combine her dedication to Spirit with her degree and experience in communications and media in service to the Unity movement.
Rev. Brian received a clear calling to ministry while serving as a missionary in the Philippines at age 22. He knew at the time that the fulfillment of the call would come years later. After pursuing an education and career in the financial world that honed his communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, he was drawn into ministry within the Unity movement because of its all-inclusive, love-based spiritual practices. He comes to UCOH after serving as the Senior Minister of Unity Church of El Cajon, CA since 2014.
Revs. Brian and Kristen Grandon were married on May 4 and are excited to be making Central Texas and Unity Church of the Hills their new home.
Read their full bios here: https://unityhills.org/discover-unity/about-us/our-ministers/
More on Unity Church of the Hills
Unity Church of the Hills offers a positive and practical teaching that supports spiritual growth and a joyful and abundant life. It has been serving the spiritual needs of Central Texas since 1995 and is located at 9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750.
UCOH emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles to help individuals live a more peaceful, meaningful life. With inclusive services, inspiring messages, enlivening music, and a myriad of workshops and events, congregants can expect to find much more than a church. They will find a spiritual center and community where they can develop friendships, share ideas, grow in spiritual understanding and give back to the larger community. Underneath all the offerings is a foundation of unconditional love and acceptance where everyone is welcome.
In addition to three Sunday Services at 8:00 a.m., 9:25 a.m. & 11:25 a.m., there is a Wednesday Night Prayer & Meditation Service at 7:00 p.m. and a Daily Prayer Service at 11:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday.