Our Staff & Board

Rev. Alden Studebaker

Rev. Alden Studebaker

We are so excited to welcome Rev. Alden Studebaker as our new minister.

Since his ordination in 1984, Rev. Alden has served Unity ministries from coast to coast. During his ministerial career he has served Unity Worldwide Ministries as: Member, Board of Trustees; Chairperson, CLMRS Appeals Panel; Chairperson, Admissions Team; Member, Licensing & Ordination Committee; Member, Standards Committee; President, Great Lakes Unity Region; Regional Representative, Vice-President, and Secretary, Southwest Unity Region.

Alden is the author of five books, including the bestselling Unity Bible handbook, Wisdom for a Lifetime (How to Get the Bible Off the Shelf and Into Your Hands). His latest book was “written” by Buster, his cat, and is titled Meditate Like Your Cat.

To learn more about Rev. Alden, visit his website.

Chris Farishon

Chris Farishon, Office Manager

Having been a member of Unity for over 15 years, Chris feels right at home being of service here at Unity of Springfield. Bringing together her experience in business management, entrepreneurial endeavors, energy mastery, and spiritual ministry, she is grateful for the opportunity to assist in the wellbeing and growth of this exciting organization.

Jennifer Brown, Youth and Family Ministry Director

Jennifer Brown recently moved to the area with her cat, Cleo. She discovered the Unity movement in 2007 and quickly became a dedicated member.  Since then Jennifer has served the movement in Quincy, Illinois is multiple ways. This service included being the Youth and Family Ministry Director, a Trustee, Office Administrator, and a volunteer on a variety of service teams.  Her daughter, Tracy, has been the inspiration of her life leading her to be involved in the Adams County Girl Scouts and becoming an Educational Consultant with Discovery Toys. Jennifer is a nature lover with a green thumb who enjoys gardening and camping with her daughter. Her desire to serve the community and empower others led to her employment with Golden Bridges and serving Unity of Springfield as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry.

Board of Trustees

Chris Smith
Becky Phillips
Vice President & Secretary
Alyssa Furling
Myra Thoele
Nancy Long
Linda Canter
Ron Hawrelak

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