Our History

On April 15, 1982, Unity of Bloomington was officially organized as a study group by I.U. professor Nick DeWitt. The first meeting was held at the Fountain Park community center. After five years of meeting as a study group, the first Sunday Service was held on February 8, 1987, in the auditorium of the Old Library, which is now the Monroe County Historical Society at 6th and Washington. Initially services were led by members of our spiritual family and a variety of guest speakers.

The Old Library

In 1989, Rev. David LeBeau became Unity of Blooomington's first minister. David is the son of founding members Bob and Vivian LeBeau. Later, in August of that year, the Unity Spiritual Growth Bookstore was established under the guidance of Bob LeBeau. On October 11, 1989, Unity of Bloomington was officially incorporated as a church in the State of Indiana. As such, we became a full-fledged member of Unity Worldwide Ministries.

The John Waldron Arts Center

The next years were a period of steady growth and expansion. In September of 1992, we moved our Sunday services to rented space at the John Waldron Arts Center at 4th and Walnut. In June of 1997, our growing community moved again to a location at 6th and Washington. A major milestone was reached in February of 1998, when Unity of Bloomington purchased a building at 14th and Dunn as the eventual home of our chapel, offices, bookstore and lending library.
On January 25, 1999, Rev. David LeBeau submitted his resignation effective July 31, 1999. A search was conducted, and on January 16, 2000, Rev. Judith Ballard was inducted as Unity of Bloomington's new minister. After a brief tenure, Rev. Ballard resigned as spiritual leader in July of 2000. In August of 2000, Rev. Lynnette Carlson, Rev. David LeBeau and Rev. Sam Windell began a cooperative ministry as Unity of Bloomington's spiritual leaders. After Rev. Sam made his transition on August 12, 2004, Rev. Lynnette and Rev. David continued to share the ministry leadership.

14th and Dunn

4001 S. Rogers St.

As the community continued to grow, the decision was made in 2005 to seek a new building. In October of 2005, Unity of Bloomington purchased the building at 4001 S. Rogers Street. By February 2006, renovations were completed and we began holding services in our new facility.

In January of 2007, Ginger Curry, who had been serving as Choir Director, joined Unity of Bloomington's staff as Music Director.

In 2009, the time was right to once again seek a full-time minister. On December 31, 2009, co-Ministers Rev. Lynnette Carlson and Rev. David LeBeau both ended their years of service to Unity of bloomington.

On February 15, 2010, Rev. Lauri Boyd assumed spiritual leadership of Unity of Bloomington. On April 15, 2012, Unity of Bloomington celebrated our 30th Anniversary as a spiritual community.

After five years of service, Rev. Lauri Boyd answered the call of Spirit to take the next step on her ministerial journey. Her last Sunday was March 29, 2015. Our community is currently in the process of calling our next minister.