Our Ministers

Unity of Sarasota

Interim Senior Minister


Rev. Betty Martin-Lewis, PhD.

Interim Senior Minister

Rev. Betty Martin-Lewis, PhD. will be joining Unity of Sarasota as Interim Senior Minister as of Sunday, April 18th.

She is a spiritual leader, consultant, facilitator, teacher, and coach. She began studying New thought in the 1980’s, became active in Unity in the 1990’s and was ordained in 2015. She pioneered Unity SouthShore where she served for 15 years. She is a Ministry Consultant with UWM and has provided support to several ministries in transition for many years.

We welcome Rev. Betty to Unity of Sarasota!


Rev. Matthew Starcher

Rev. Matthew Starcher

Assistant Minister

Rev. Matthew Starcher has been a minister since 2010 and his pre-ministry career includes over 20 years experience in corporate healthcare and education.

In 2016, Matthew and his partner Ben; together pioneered Unity of Southeastern Ohio. Southeast Ohio’s first New Thought ministry. With four years of service as a Prayer Associate with Silent Unity, Unity’s prayer ministry located at Unity’s worldwide headquarters at Unity Village, Missouri - Rev. Matthew brings with him a strong prayer consciousness and is well steeped in the practice of Affirmative prayer and meditation.

Rev. Matthew is a gifted extemporaneous speaker and spiritual educator who inspires others to live the greatest life they were created to live.   

Rev. Matthew's email is: [email protected]


Rev. Amy Zehe

Spiritual Care Minister

Rev. Amy Zehe was ordained at Unity School in 1998. She was an Associate Minister at Unity in the Woods, in Bradenton, FL, and she pioneered her own church in Lakewood Ranch called Unity of Progressive Christianity.

Rev. Amy started at Unity of Sarasota as Associate Minister in 2009. Wearing many valued hats during this time, she now serves as the Spiritual Care Pastoral Minister. This  has always been Rev. Amy's passion since volunteering for Hospice in Bradenton, FL.

Rev. Amy is married to David Hawkins, Licensed Unity Teacher, and she has three children and one granddaughter.  Rev. Amy is originally from Erie, PA.

Rev. Amy's email is: [email protected]