Our Minister & Board

MINISTER

Rev. Scott Gabriel, comes from humble beginnings. With his faith, energy and perseverance he has became a successful businessman and CEO of several successful companies. He has published two books and is working on a third. He was ordained in 2002 and holds the honorary degrees of Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Metaphysics from the ULC (Universal Life Church). At one time Scott made media appearances on television, radio, magazines, podcasts, on-line interviews, and headlined Spiritual Expos all over the US. His highest speaking honor was being featured in a United Nations sponsored, 10 day, conference on Spirituality and Ethics. He has been a full time intuitive and business consultant for the past 20 years. He is currently on the path to become ordained as a Unity Minister.

Scott is very excited to rock his new roll as Spiritual Leaderfor Unity of Merritt Island. Over the past many months, Scott has also become a high tech farmer with a vertical aeroponics family farm in his back yard. He is passionate about helping others grow their own food supply by helping others get their own tower gardens locally, throughout the US and abroad, with the vision of feeding entire villages and communities.

In his personal life, Scott is gleefully married to Mary Gabriel. The two have been together since 2006 and have 6 kids, who are all amazing human beings in their own right. He is son to Billie and Robert Gabriel and he is proud to be God’s kid too.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christine Boyle, President
I am from a small town called Bassett Virginia.  Bassett used to be the #1 manufacturer of wood furniture in the world. After graduation from High School, I worked for Bassett Industries.  Then to Washington DC and worked for the government, in many different departments and agencies.  I had a top-secret clearance and was working next door to the White House when President Kennedy was shot.  After that I worked at the Vehicle Assembly Building and then Patrick A.F.B. before retirement.

I married my first husband in Washington DC and had my daughter, Sherry, I have the one daughter, one granddaughter and one great granddaughter, who calls me GiGi. 
I have been in Florida for 41 years, first in Merritt Island and currently in Cape Canaveral.  I have lived in Ohio, Mississippi, Maryland and Washington D.C.
I like sports and Arts and Crafts.  I played as a pitcher in softball in High School, loved roller skating, was on bowling leagues, played golf, pool and have been in several dance clubs and especially enjoy dancing with my best friend and favorite dance partner, Sal!  I have been in charge of the dances at the Moose Club and the Veterans Memorial Center.  I held several officer positions for the Women of the Moose, the Brevard Single Adult Club, the Red-Hot Singles Chapter, and the Red Hat Society. 
After retirement I worked part-time for many venues in Brevard county and had my own business in crafting, along with co owning a consignment shop.
I have been a member of Unity for 25 years with this being my 5th location!  I served on the board from 2008-2011 as Secretary, Vice President and President.  I like Unity because it is so different from the strict Baptist religion, I grew up in.  My biggest accomplishment for my church was lowering the Insurance Premium by $8,000 a year.
It is an honor to serve as a Board Member once again.
With sincere Love and Blessings to All,  Christine

 

Nancy Minerva, Vice President
Nancy has been reading the Daily Word since 1986 when she met her husband Chris, but she had never been to a Unity Church until she walked into Unity of Merritt Island in 2012, since then it has been her spiritual home.  

She has lived and worked in Connecticut, Barcelona, Athens, Boston, New York and now Merritt Island, FL.  Her many careers have included doing outreach work to the Hispanic community from a library,  teaching high school Spanish, adult English as a Second Language and  computer training to business executives, as well as managing a large sports  photography business with Chris in New York, raising two loving and talented  human beings, Paulaidan and Angela, and now caring for Chris’s 94 yr. old dad.
Her hobbies include speaking Spanish, French and Greek, singing and playing guitar, dancing, gardening, swimming, traveling and tasting foods from around the world.  She is grateful every day for the spiritual life tools she continues to learn and  practice, and the caring and accepting community she has found through Unity.

She is glad to support Unity MI to help it grow and to make its’ messages and  energy available to all those who choose  to come visit and participate in classes, committees, special events and Sunday services.
 

Sue Rhodes – Secretary 

I am originally from Ohio where I completed nursing school.  As a registered nurse,  I worked all over the country in many different practice settings.  I retired in 2009 after settling in Florida.

My spiritual life started in the Presbyterian Church where I was raised.  This was the church where I was kicked out.  My parents were asked not to bring me back because at age 7 I was constantly asking questions and challenging the teachers and minister.  Once I left my hometown, I bounced from church to church and religion to religion, never finding a home.  After many, many years with no spiritual life at all, I began to feel a big empty space that needed to be fed. 

I was talking to a long time friend who suggested Unity.  I searched and found Unity of
Merritt Island and on the following Sunday, Jun 7, 2020, I walked in here!  After that first Sunday service, I’ve kept coming back and Unity of Merritt Island has felt like home since that first day!

Phyllis Lockwood – Treasurer
Phyllis Lockwood has been a student of Unity since mid 60’s when she attended a weekly neighborhood class taught by a Unity teacher. Unity churches were mostly unknown in her area at that time, and that was a great way to have Unity introduced.  
She attended Bowling Green State University in northern Ohio. She is the mother of three engineer sons.  Her time over the years has been spent as an “at home Mom”, taking classes of all kinds, volunteering in the community and helping her family build each of their homes. After 61 years of marriage, she has finally learned to just  “let go and be”.  In her words, life is not meant to be a struggle, but a learning experience.  Phyllis is a shining example of Unity teachings.

Robert ‘Gabe’ Gabriel – Director
Gabe was born in Indiana and raised in Detroit MI, joining the Navy during the height of the Vietnam war.  He spent 10 1/2 years  in the Navy on Submarines. When he retired, he spent 20+ years working for the government as a Test and Evaluation Engineer, buying Submarine Sonar Systems. Gabe earned a degree in Computer Science and retired after
34 years of federal service.  He then went to work for BAE doing engineering and At Sea Testing of sonar system impacts on Mammals such as Whales and Dolphins.
Gabe retired from the seafaring life a

nd submarines in 2006 and moved to Florida. Married to wife Billie, with 2 adult children and between Billie and Gabe, they have 13 grand children and 5 great grand children. They live on Merritt Island. Gabe is a Mason and a Shriner.

 

 

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MUSICIANS:

Suzanne Baker

Kim Koslosky

Jan Salmon

And the Unity Merritt Island Choir

 

Drama Team:

Mary Gabriel

Robert Gabriel

Trinity Gabriel

Deanna Helms

Nancy Minerva

Sue Rhodes

Al Thomas

Deedee Wilcheck

 


STAFF

Kim WightOffice Manager

Kim has been with us for over a decade beginning in May of 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.

 

 

 

Meet Mary Gabriel

Mary is the wife of Reverend Scott Gabriel, the mother of 6 children and the oldest of 9 siblings. Born in California and raised in Oregon, she grew up in the Mormon religion and still honors and sees the truth there as well as in all religions.

She is a certified hypnotherapist who has used conversations with God and meditation to change every aspect of her life from negative to positive. She leads the mediation on Sundays. She is the new office manager at Unity Merritt Island, as well as being the school secretary at Viera Elementary where her daughter Trinity attends.