Leadership Council and Ministry Teams

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The Leadership Council of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is comprised of

The Board of Trustees and the Leads of our Mission Focused Teams.

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Teams are envisioned and created by the congregation. 

Each team is self-directed and empowered to work in cooperation with other ministry team.  A board member often liaisons with each team.

USCL's Leadership Council

The Leadership Council meets a minimum of twice a year to cast a vision forward for the development of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing to ever live more fully into our mission, vision and core values.

2022 Board of Trustees:

President Dan Maynard, Vice President Kathy Assiff, Secretary Jill Dening, Treasurer Jane Cloos, Members at Large: Chrissie Shearer. Teresa Mulford, Lucille Olson.

Our Pledge: Recognizing God as our Infinite Source and Power, we, the servant leaders of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, are anchored in the spiritual practices of meditation, tithing and visioning. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to love and to serve!


Ministry Teams


Jeff Benoit
Jeff Benoit

Administration with business symbols  ADMINISTRATION TEAM Lead:

Jeff Benoit

  Mission:   The Administration Team’s mission is to provide effective administration support for the ministry and its mission.

 Board Liaison: Jane Cloos

 Subteams: Budget, Tech, Venue Rental 

 Main Responsibilities:  Financials, Operations

Jeff English Music Director
Jeff English

music symbols, director, golden sky  CELEBRATION TEAM

Lead: Jeff English

  Mission: To create well planned celebration services that inspire and uplift, model Unity Principles, and include everyone  

  Sub teams: Music - Jeff English

Ushers - Edmund Mack;

                                                                     Counters - Stacey   Ames;

Platform Assistants Chris Janson, Choir on Hiatus

  Coordinates with Design Team and Tech Team

  Main Responsibilities - Sunday Service Experience

Jerry Podany
Jerry Podany

facilities teamFACILITIES TEAM established December 2022 Lead Jerry Podany

The Facilities Team mission is to ensure proper maintenance of our buildings and grounds.  They make recommendations to the Board for major repairs and capital expenditures.  They may form sub teams of volunteers to assist with maintenance e.g. "adopt-a-garden-bed"; lawn mowing; HVAC maintenance, etc. as well as task teams for specific projects like re-roofing the pole barn.


Danielle McMahon
Danielle McMahon
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Dan Maynard


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 (Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment)



Dan Maynard and

Danielle McMahon 



 Mission:  To provide spiritual growth and development classes, seminars,   activities and resources that support participants’ spiritual awakening to their   oneness with God, each other, and all creation

 Main Responsibilities: Planning SALT, Classes, Workshops and Special Events   like movies and concerts

Susan Winkelstern
Sue Winkelstern

Words - Design Team  DESIGN TEAM

 Team Lead: Susan Winkelstern


 Main Responsibilities: Oversee the cohesive appearance in all decorating   designs, plan special decor for holidays, determine permanent signage, display   placement, furniture, paint colors, deep cleaning




Teresa Mulford
Teresa Mulford

hands creating a board layout Design Team logo ID TEAM


Lead: Teresa Mulford

and Kathy Assiff

 (I.D.E.A. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Acceptance/Accessibility)


  Mission: “To promote increased awareness of the many facets of diversity in     an effort to consciously practice the Unity principle of being an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all people.”

 Main Responsibilities: Coordinate with other teams to ensure Inclusion and Diversity is a consideration in their activities, review signage, graphics and displays for IDEA values, education, Facebook postings and more.

Chris Janson
Chris Janson

Outreach Team and Social Activities Team: CHRIS JANSON

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 Mission:   To acknowledge the interests of USCL and the community by engaging with others in ways that advance the movement of shared spiritual awakening, incorporating Unity principles by creating oneness with God, each other, and all creation.    

Subteams are active:  Lunch Bunch, Caring Connections, kitchen Team, Library, Labyrinth, Lugnuts, Game Nights

logo for tech teamTECH TEAM Lead: Greg Dening


 Main Purpose - to insure best functioning and best practices for all technology

 Works with Administration Team for Office computers, Celebration Team for Video, Sound and Hybrid Broadcasting, SAGE Team for Virtual and Hybrid events either on Zoom or YouTube and Venue Rental Team for rental needs for sound, video, steaming


Venue Rental E Team

Coordinates with Administration Team 

Board Liaison: Dan Maynard

Event Facilities Manager: Jeff English

Book Agent: Jessica Shelton, Office Manager

This team establishes costs, sets prices, arranges staffing etc. make the Unity Campus available for non-Unity events for members, congregants, non-profits and organizations.


Nanette Podany
Nanette Podany

3 coffee cupsHOSPITALITY 

Leads Nanette Podany 

and Chris McEnhill  

Chris McEnhill
Chris McEnhill



Schedule volunteers for serving snacks and beverages before, during and following Sunday Service.  Cleaning up following service.

Also organize table decorations in conjunction with Design Team

Sub team of Outreach /Social

Works with all the other teams


plate and silverware - Lunch BunchLunch Bunch (Outreach): Lead Nancy Claytor

A monthly social gathering the 1st Friday of the month at a local restaurant.  This is a "no-host" lunch for the purpose of socially connecting.

These gathering occur when Covid rates indicate it is safe to do so.

Sub team of Outreach/Social



praying hands with lightSilent Prayer Team:  Lead Rev. Sharon

A team of 12 people prayer with all those who request prayer support.  Prayer requests come through our prayer box in the Great Hall Entry, online and by phone at 571 371-3010 (you can leave a message).




leaf and words Caring ConnectionsPastoral Connections: Lead Deb Pennington

Sending out cards and making phone calls to those experiencing health challenges, grief, or in need of connection


Although the team is not currently active, EarthCare activities continue

Styrofoam Recycling: Sybil Spencer and Lisa Schmidt

Dental supplies recycling: Lisa Schmidt

Recycling Batteries: variety of people

Also: collecting aluminum tabs to support Ronald McDonald House

Activities on the horizon: Community Garden, Memorial Meditation Forest


As we reorganize in a time of post fire, post relocating and impact of Covid-19, the following teams are on hiatus until congregational leadership is moved to reinstitute, refresh and reorganize as they are being called to do.

outlines of man, woman, childYouth and Family Ministry Team:  OPEN

Until our youth program re-forms, all ages are welcome into Sunday Services. There is a family area in the SE corner of the great hall as well as activities books for young people.

Mission:  Rooted in love, joy, integrity and Unity Principles, we strive to provide a safe and respectful environment that enables today's youth to become tomorrow's world changers.

The Youth and Family ministry previously worked in conjunction with SAGE (Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment) to coordinate our learning programs.

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