Ministry Staff

Senior Minister: Gregory Barrette

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Greg Barrette was born and raised in Unity and has been a Unity minister for thirty-four years.  Formerly the Director of the International Youth of Unity, he served as First Vice President of the International New Thought Alliance, was elected President of four Unity regions and has led some of Unity's most successful churches.  His audio CD, The Gift of Healing/Sleeping, is Unity's all-time best selling.  Greg is currently Senior Minister of Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Youth Minister: Rev. Diane Venzera, CSE, LUT

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Diane is a Certified Spiritual Educator, Licensed Unity Teacher and an Ordained Unity Minister with a focus in Youth & Family Ministry. She recently completed her Masters of Education in Instructional Design & Technology. She has worked in Youth & Family Ministry for the past 20 years, including serving in the role of Executive Director of Spirit’s Light Foundation, a 501 (c)3 corporation. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Unity Worldwide Ministries

She also serves as the youth and family ministry consultant for both the Great Lakes and Eastern Regions. As the Regional Consultant, Diane serves over 200 churches by consulting with and training the Youth & Family ministry teams. Diane is passionate about being an advocate for children and teens and for creating and developing materials and programs that assist them in recognizing their own Divine nature.

Administrative Assistant: Betsy Nickerson

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Betsy has been an enthusiastic member of Unity Northwest Church since 1989. After surviving Y2K (remember that?!) as a computer programmer, she decided that an administrative assistant position would be a much healthier employment. So, when the opportunity arose in August of 2002 to command the office here, she jumped in headfirst with both feet, and hasn‘t looked back. Betsy is also the Coordinator of the Prayer Chaplain team, and has been since its inception in May of 2003.  CONTACT BETSY

Music Director: Megon McDonough

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Megon is a Religious Science Practitioner and an accomplished comedic actress, having appeared in numerous theater productions including a box office record-breaking starring role in "Always Patsy Cline".  Megon was awarded an ACE Cable award and has fourteen solo albums to her credit, including her latest, "Breathe".  She has also performed on five compilation albums and released five albums with the "Bitchin Babes". 

Folk lovers may remember a 17 year old McDonough opening for such acts in the '70s as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin, but McDonough classifies her music as folk/cabaret, citing her love of theatre and jazz as the reason for the unusual mix. Born in Illinois, she wrote her first song at 11 and was inspired to play the guitar and sing after watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  Ever since, her mantra, "Live to Sing and Love to Sing" has guided this wife and mother from Chicago.

Pianist: Tatiana Naumove

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I've been involved with music since the age of 5 and have been a professional musician for many years. I graduated from Gorky State Conservatory( M.A.Piano performance and music theory)and have years of experience as a piano instructor in music school and college, and as a piano performer and accompanist. I have written and arranged works for theater and television. I have a strong classical background but also enjoy Pop, Rock, Jazz and New Age compositions

Playing in the church opened my eyes regarding the ability of music to have a great spiritual influence. I hope my love of music has touched the hearts of our church family, the people who I love. To me and hopefully to each of us, it adds a valuable dimension to our spiritual journey. It opens our hearts to God, the beauty of life and fellowship. I pray that my music reaches the meditations of every heart! I love to be here and enjoy working in our spiritual family!!!