Our Ministers

Unity of Sarasota

Our Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle has been a minister for 20 years and had 25 years of corporate leadership and organizational development experience prior to ministry.

She is a gifted speaker, teacher, and facilitator. Rev. Suzi inspires people to “Awaken to their Passion, Discover their Purpose, Activate the Path that Unfolds it, and Live as the Promise of its Fulfillment.”

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In November 1999, Rev. Suzi founded Center for Spiritual Living Eastside near Seattle. In 2001, she opened the Pacific Northwest Campus of Holmes Institute and had graduated over 20 Ministers. Rev. Suzi has served as the Chair of Centers for Spiritual Living CORE Council, as well as chairing four of their annual conferences.

One of Rev. Dr. Suzi’s passions is music. She plays soprano, alto, and bass silver flutes; and has had the pleasure of playing with many of our favorite New Thought musicians.

Rev. Dr. Suzi has a gift for bringing people together for a common purpose. She sees the connections between people, ideas, and tangible outcomes. Her contagious sense of humor and enthusiasm inspires a positive and empowering environment where people experience and express their highest and best.

She says, “I love collaborating with others in using our experience, skills, passion, and enthusiasm to move us all from inspiration to actualization.”

On a personal note: Suzi was born in Germany, adopted by an American family, and became a U.S. citizen at age six. She loves books, art, music, and her two cats: Tuxedo and Shadow. Rev. Suzi recently relocated from Seattle to Sarasota. In November 1999,  Rev. Suzi founded Center for Spiritual Living Eastside near Seattle. In 2001, she opened the Pacific Northwest Campus of Holmes Institute and had graduated over 20 Ministers. Rev. Suzi has served as the Chair of Centers for Spiritual Living CORE Council, as well as chairing four of their annual conferences.

 

Our Associate Minister

Rev. Amy Zehe 

Associate Minister & Volunteer Coordinator

Rev. Amy Zehe discovered the Unity in her hometown of Erie, Pa. Florida became her home in 1984. After much deliberation, Amy applied and was accepted to Unity Ministerial School in 1996. She was ordained in 1998.
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After ordination, Amy returned to Bradenton and became Associate Minister at Unity in the Woods. In 2000 she became the part-time minister in Brandon, Fl. It was in 2002 she began her ministry in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Amy loved doing church on a Friday evening. She believes that families can worship together on Friday evening, still have time to enjoy the evening, and then have a great family weekend.

Amy joined the Unity of Sarasota in July 2009 and has been a part of each facet of the ministry.  “I was a volunteer as Hospice Spiritual Counselor in Bradenton until I moved to Sarasota ten years ago. That was an enjoyable experience for me. Being with families at their most vulnerable is a gift that is hard to explain. I appreciate going to congregants’ homes for a visit - it is a beautiful way of getting to know someone.

I have been a volunteer coordinator at the Unity of Sarasota for six years and have found that people enjoy my asking them to volunteer for a specific opportunity. I have also instructed all the volunteers to let ‘no’ be the word they are comfortable saying. Volunteering is to be fun and rewarding. I also enjoy planning special events and having people get together to have fun and make new friends.”

Unity has a presence in Chautauqua, NY. I was on the first board of this exciting organization. Every religion has representation in this glorious place. Rev. Zehe has been married to David Hawkins for 26 years and together they have seven grandchildren.