Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of members voted into leadership by the congregation based on their personal and professional skills and their love of UCR. Working in cooperation with the Minister, their purpose is to set policies, oversee the mission, plans, staff, and daily operations of the church while upholding Unity Principles. Each trustee also serves as the board liaison to the various activity teams of the church. If you would like to speak with a Board member, please call or email the church office, or ask an usher for help. Board members are always happy to speak with you.

UCR’s beloved long-time minister, Rev. Beverly Bockover, made her transition in late July, 2019. Since then, we have been engaged in a new minister search process guided by Unity Worldwide Ministries. 

Divinely guided and led by the Board and our Search Committee, the New Minister Search process is unfolding with ease and grace. We affirm the perfect minister is on their way to UCR.  We appreciate your prayer support for our search process.

In the interim, we have an array of highly qualified guest speakers with Unity backgrounds who provide spiritual enrichment and education through Sunday lessons, classes, workshops, and Soul Talks. Their messages are available on our YouTube channel.


UCR staff is selected on the basis of their personal integrity, professional skills, and demonstrated commitment to solving the unique challenges that face our ministry on a day-to-day basis.  These individuals work with the Minister and Board members to ensure the church runs smoothly. 
Our key staff members include:

  • Melanie Raskin, Program Director 

  • Louise Smythe, Office Manager & Bookkeeper

  • Gregg Bockover, Music Director

  • Laura Dearth, Interim Youth Ed Director


Our ongoing teams utilize the spiritual principles taught by Unity as they create a fun, loving, connected community.  We are grateful for these dedicated volunteers who bless our community with their time, talent, and treasure, uplifting our collective consciousness and moving us forward.

Caring Hearts Team: Delivers pastoral care and TLC for our church family in need with meals, cards, phone calls and visits.

CORE Team: Leads UCR community outreach projects such as food drives, cards for soldiers and veterans, Teddy Bear Sundays for kids in crisis, animal shelter donations, etc. “Loose Change for Change” also collects donations for important nonprofits.  View our 2020 CORE Team Plan here.

Fundraising Team:  Develops and promotes events designed to raise funds for the church, foster fellowship, and attract more people to UCR who are looking for a spiritual home.

Hospitality Team:  Creates fun, loving, connected community through food and hospitality for weekly services and special events.

Technical Support Team: Provides audio, video, live streaming, and projection support during our services and for our online community.  Our Technical Support calendar is here.


Prayer Team: The Prayer Team's mission is to hold spiritual space, listen with open hearts (always holding in confidence what is shared), and to pray with and for others. Email to request prayer from the Prayer Team.

Usher and Assimilation Team: Creates a warm and welcoming environment for all newcomers and guests, shares information about UCR, provides a church information packet, and obtains contact information for follow up.

In addition to our teams, UCR will occasionally create committees to address specific short-term projects such as the New Minister Search Committee.


© Unity Church of Raleigh, 2020

5124 Departure Drive, Suite 108

Raleigh, NC  27616

(919) 870-7364

Office hours M-Th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


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