Our Unity History

Unity of South Sound History

Unity of South Sound has evolved over forty years time under various names and leaders. It was first incorporated in Burien as Unity Church of Christianity in October 1972. Congregants met in the Veterans Hall and the YMCA under the ministry of Rev. Michael Murphy until moving to a large house in Federal Way which was then renovated.

Sunday services were held there until 1996 when it was sold with the intention of building on newly purchased property. In the meantime, Rainier View School (Federal Way) became the place of worship, with office and classroom space rented nearby.

However, the potential building site was deemed unusable because of wetland designations and drainage issues in 2000, so it was sold. In January 2001, Unity moved to a new home in a large leased space in Edgewood, where it remained until April, 2012.

Other ministers followed Rev. Murphy: Les McClelland, Dick Everetts, Tom Coates, Carl Stouffer, interim minister Jim Peterson, Steve Colladay, and Stephen Towles.

Rev. Darlene Strickland came to Unity of Edgewood August, 2010. Our church moved once again and became Unity of South Sound in April 2012 at beautiful Knutzen Family Theatre, Dumas Bay, Federal Way. Rev. Darlene remained with us until November, 2014. We welcomed Rev. Michael Moran as Interim Minister for two months. Many guest speakers and some minister candidates presented Sunday services.

Rev. Jeffrey Fowler began his service at U.S.S. in September 2015. In less than a year, Rev. Jeffrey and the entire congregation "moved" to The Spire at 710 South Anderson St., Tacoma in September 2016. Rev. Jeffrey served our ministry for almost six years. Sunday, June 13th, 2021 was Rev. Jeffrey’s last service at Unity of South Sound.

On Sunday, June 27th, 2021, we welcomed our Interim Minister, Rev. Denese Schellink. Rev. Denese brings over 25 years of experience in transformational work through coaching, teaching, and training. We are so very blessed to have her with us through our transition and Minister Search.

Sunday Services, Church Office, meetings, classes, Youth and Family events are all held at The Spire, unless otherwise noted.

The Spire - 710 South Anderson Street, Tacoma, WA