Unity Bay Area Houston History
Prayer is powerful indeed! From a meeting of four people, the Divine Idea of our church was birthed in August of 1995 through Rev. Diane Plamondon, Ph.D. In the early years, our church, which is known today as Unity Bay Area Houston, held services in a number of area hotels before we finally settled into our first church home on Anders Lane in Kemah. It was a whopping 4,200 square building that we rented and totally renovated – and called our own. On September 14, 2000, we received full church status from our Association of Unity Churches, and our charter members were honored in a special service. Rev. Diane E. Plamondon, Ph.D., retired from her full-time ministry shortly thereafter in December, 2000, and remains our beloved Minister Emeritus.
Ours was not the first church that Rev. Plamondon established. Shortly after graduating from ministerial school, she was guided by Spirit to establish the first Unity Church in Central America.
As then-named Unity Church of the Bay Area grew, in 2001, we welcomed Rev. Stephen Horn as our minister. During his tenure, he led weekly study groups and a meditation group was formed by the congregants. Rev. Horn also led two groups of members to experience Unity Village in Kansas City. Today, we still have study groups and meditation groups that include some of the participants in the original meditation groups.
Under Rev. Horn's leadership, the seed was planted for us to purchase our own church property, and a Building Fund was started. Within two years, we raised enough money for the down payment on our current church home at 1911 Hwy. 3 in League City. The building had been a restaurant and bar! God does work in mysterious ways, and we had our first service in 2006. Four years ago, the creation of our church garden began and is now a landmark of our current location. It has since been supplemented with a beautifully landscaped meditation garden.
Our church is alive with the Spirit of God and has had many activities over the years, including Sunday services, meditation, youth education and adult classes, and service groups. In 2011, Rev. LaVern Waters joined our church as temporary minister and led us in love while our church continued to grow and expand. We have had workshops provided by nationally-known speakers including Colin Tipping on Radical Forgiveness in 2002 and Edwene Gaines in 2012 on prosperity.
Fun is also an important priority for our church. In 2003, our congregants met with the local community for a Halloween party in the church parking lot. In 2005, we celebrated our 10th anniversary at South Shore Harbor Resort with dinner and dancing and have met to celebrate each subsequent anniversary of our founding. Both the Men’s Group and Women’s Group meet monthly to socialize and to work on occasional projects. In 2009, our members helped with the Trash Bash Cleanup in Seabrook and were involved in a Habitat for Humanity house-building in 2012.
With much gratitude and open arms, we welcomed Rev. Kyra Baehr as the permanent leader to our church family in May 2013. In June, after returning from India, she led participants in the Oneness Awakening Course which she has given several more times.
We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization licensed by the State of Texas. Our By-laws are in accordance with those recommended by the Association of Unity Churches. We rely on God as our Source and the generosity of our church members and friends who support our church with their financial offerings. We are grateful, and Unity Bay Area Houston is prosperous!