History of Unity Bonita

Unity of Bonita Springs was born in the summer of 1994 when newly ordained Reverend Sandra Lockey was encouraged by Unity of Naples to establish a Unity Center in Bonita Springs.  The first Steering Committee meeting was held September 9, 1994 with the goal to begin Sunday services in November in a 1500 sq. ft. space leased in Springs Plaza.

Some temporary locations met the need until regular services were possible at the Springs Plaza location.  Unity of Naples provided start-up funding and initial support for the fledgling church that was guided by a Steering Committee.

A Unity message, beautiful music, socialization among members after-church, and a loving atmosphere were original goals that continue. Jerry Stawski has provided the music since the first Sunday service.

Twenty-seven persons were received as members at the first Membership Sunday in March, 1995 in the presence of honorary guest Charles R. Fillmore, for both the service and the following lunch.

Unity of Bonita Springs Christian Church, Inc. Articles of Incorporation were officially filed with the State of Florida, in February 1997,  and the first congregational meeting was held in March of 1997 to elect the first board of trustees and disband the Steering Committee.  The search for a permanent location began.

By November, 1998, Unity of Bonita Springs was deeded its current five plus acres of natural Florida habitat and the land blessing was held on the property in April of 1999, the event covered by the Ft. Myers News Press.  Planning and building construction followed leading to the Grand Opening Service for the newly built church building on the last Sunday in May, 2005, officiated by Rev. Sandra Lockey.

This transition time to a permanent church home also involved passing church leadership to Reverend Phil Schlaefer in June 2005 with Rev. Sandra becoming the Minister Emeritus.  Unity of Bonita Springs continues to grow and thrive as it meets its mission: 

Being a spiritual community providing inspiration and support for living an abundant life and expressing our divine potential.