Meet Our Interim Ministers

REV CATHY NORMAN

Rev Cathy was born and raised in Unity. And she graduated from ministerial school in 1983 as one of the youngest females to have ever graduated from the program. After 3 years of serving at her first church at the Unity Church of San Diego as an associate minister, she went on to serve at the Unity Church of Delray Beach in Florida heading the Youth of Unity, Unity Classes, the spiritual based counseling program until 1993. From there, Rev. Cathy went on to be the senior minister at the Unity Church in Denver. Along with her ministry there, she also had a television show called “Heart, Mind and Soul” where she shared Unity principles alongside the points of view of an astrologer and a psychotherapist.

In 2004, she went on to become the senior minister at the Unity Church of Ventura, retiring from there in 2019. Rev Cathy holds two Masters Degrees - one in theology from the Peace Theological Seminary and the other is in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Outside her professional endeavors, Cathy loves writing, doing artwork, hiking, traveling and spending time with good friends. She lives in Ojai with her husband, Steve Blain, where they are currently remodeling their new home.

Rev Cathy is thrilled to be serving this incredible community and looks forward to the next months of connection, transformation and FUN.

 

REV BETH ANN SUGGS

A Professional Certified Coach, Beth Ann Suggs is an expert in helping individuals and teams develop successful, empowering relationships. As Dean of Students, Mentor Coach, and Course Leader for the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she brings compassion, clarity, and universal values to all aspects of her coaching.

For more than 30 years she has been making significant contributions to the field of coaching. Her approach as a Mentor Coach has empowered the lives of hundreds of people who have benefited from her dynamic leadership and guidance. Recently, her presentations on behalf of the Academy for Coaching Excellence have included being the keynote speaker at a national conference for coaches and, as an executive business coach, providing staff training in major corporations and various organizatiothroughout the United States.

As an ordained Unity Minister, Beth Ann served the Unity Church in Ventura, California for 19 years. Since 1993, she has provided consulting and leadership training for churches nationwide.

 

REV PHILLIP SMEDSTAD

Rev Phillip Smedstad has been a Unity minister for 42 years, and is a Certified Unity Worldwide Ministries Transitional Ministry Specialist. He has served ministries in several states and was the founder of two of those ministries - Windward Unity Church in Hawaii and Unity of Clear Lake in the Houston area.

Rev Phil and his wife Lura also founded Theophilus Divinity School in Minneapolis, a course in deep personal transformation which they led for 13 years. Rev Phil is, also, the author of Real Wealth as well as the My Next Stop Cards, a self-guided study in personal transformation. Phil and Lura live in Bloomington.