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Our Minister & Board


Rev. Rose M. Whitham

Rev. Rose M. Whitham has served as minister at Unity of Merritt Island since May 2007.  Rev. Rose is an ordained Unity minister, ordained in 2004 by Unity Institute, Unity Village, Missouri.  Prior to serving at Unity of Merritt Island, she was the Assistant Minister at Unity of Melbourne in Melbourne, Florida, for two years.

Before her calling to ministry, Rev. Rose owned an international consulting firm specializing in process improvement and team building for manufacturing companies in the US, Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Raised in the Catholic religion, she turned to Yoga teachings in her young adulthood, studying with many of the Yogic masters who first came to the US.  She became a certified Yoga instructor, teaching classes throughout the US for over 20 years.

Rev. Rose's diverse spiritual background provides her with clear awareness of the foundational truths that lie beneath all belief systems and the ability to recognize the Divine power that dwells within each person.  Serving as a spiritual director, she guides individuals in recognizing their own ability to tap into and develop their own spiritual potential.

With a blend of intelligence, compassion, humor, and a fresh metaphysical look at the Bible, Rev. Rose brings to Sunday morning services an inspirational, uplifting energy of spiritual community, warmth, acceptance, and unconditional love.


Heidi Pettenger - President

Heidi Pettenger moved to Merritt Island in the fall of 2015. She was born and raised in Northern California. Prior to moving to Florida she lived her adult life in Northern Nevada. Heidi has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Western Governors University. She is also retired from the State of Nevada.

Heidi has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies involve music, travel, sports, crafts, and reading. She looks for opportunities to learn new things and is always open to new experiences.

From her first visit, Heidi fell in love with the people and energy at Unity of Merritt Island. “The song My Soul is welcome here explains exactly how I feel about Unity of Merritt Island. I know I am in the right place, at the right time, and I’m exactly where I am supposed to be. This is my spiritual home. I am so honored and blessed to serve on this board. I love being around like minded individuals with the realization that we all share one consciousness”.

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Chris Minerva - Vice President

Chris is grateful for bringing his wife Nancy and children Paulaidan and Angela to Merritt Island in 2005, to join his parents, sister and other relatives here, after living most of their lives in the greater New York City area.

Raised in a loving Christian family, he went on to study accounting, philosophy, and parapsychology in college (what a combination?!), and always questioned the 'why' we are here. Yet he has a deep faith in God, within and everywhere else, he says "we are all always connected".

He has been a commercial and corporate NY photographer most of his career and now continues to run a sports photography business in New York.

From the moment he walked into Unity of Merritt Island in April 2012, he felt an immediate connection. He believes that there is an ongoing process of discovery through the principles taught here, which resonate with and reinforce his beliefs.

He enjoys the members, guests, leadership and lessons of Unity and grateful to be a part of and serve in this unfolding story...

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Belinda Conley - Treasurer

Biography Coming Soon!

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Steve Hardiek - Secretary

Steven moved to Brevard County over 20 years ago. He was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his husband have a beautiful little 6 year old girl who loves attending Unity and spending her hour in children’s church with Youth Director CarolAnn.

He spent most of his career as a sales representative in the juvenile products industry, selling strollers, baby furniture and baby bedding to store’s across the southeast US and Puerto Rico. He is also a licensed realtor and very much enjoys helping people to purchase and sell their homes. He and his husband love traveling and have been fortunate to visit many interesting places throughout the world and along the way have met some very interesting people.

Steven states: I come to Unity because “I have always felt very spiritual and interested in Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. In Unity I am able to enhance my understanding of the teachings of Jesus while incorporating the best of other teachings to reach a higher level of consciousness and to try every day to live my life to its fullest potential."

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Liz Doherty - Director

Biography Coming Soon!

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Audrey Fogelman - Director

Audrey resided in the Orlando area for over 25 years while raising her children and growing in her career. She is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and held a U.S. Government Security Clearance for over 20 years.

Audrey has two children and two grandchildren (granddaughter 8 and grandson 3) who are the passion and joy of her life. She enjoys ever moment of every opportunity afforded to her spending time with them.

Her yearning for and seeking a closer connection and better understanding of God, led her to explore the Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic religions. Not until she move to Merritt Island and a friend introduced her to Unity of Merritt Island did her search end.

The moment she walked in the door she knew she was home. This was what she had been seeking, where her spiritual growth would be fostered and grown. The greater truth she recognized was, she was “right where she’s supposed to be”.

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Kurt Nall, Guitar and Vocals
Rene Nall, Vocals
Fern Gilmer, Vocals
Nancy Minerva, Vocals


Eric Brook - Music Director

Eric Brook is a pianist, composer, and music educator who moved to Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2010 to teach music theory at Full Sail University. Prior to serving as Music Director at Unity of Merritt Island, he was Technical Director at Christ Church Unity in Orlando for two years.

Eric’s passion of music started when he learned piano at the age of 3 from his mother who is a piano teacher. Over his childhood years, he also performed instruments such as percussion, guitar, and bass guitar. He earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in music composition.

Unity has been a welcoming and inspiring experience for Eric’s soul journey. He looks forward to creating new music to celebrate God’s goodness.


Kim Wight - Office Manager

Kim began with us in May 2010.  She attended both Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA, and Alan Hancock College at Vandenberg AFB in CA.  Kim comes to us with several years of diverse experience as an office manager.

CarolAnn Insalaco - Youth Ed Director

CarolAnn started with us in August 2014.  She has been a subsitute Sunday School Teacher for other churches as well as having taught at a Montessori school for four years.  She is currently enrolled at Eastern Florida State College pursuing her degree as a Dental Hygienist.

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