Bill Brooks, Lead Minister
Bill was introduced to “practical Christianity” in the late 1970s when he found the book, The Sermon On The Mount by Emmit Fox. After reading the book, he was hooked on Unity. Bill holds a Doctorate in Theology and was ordained as a Unity minister in September of 2017. For several years, he served as our Co-Minister along with Rev. Carol. Upon Carol’s retirement on November 18, 2018, Bill became our Lead Minister.
Rev. Bill is an award winning recording artist, actor, author, producer, public speaker and voice over artist who has traveled the world having ministered and performed the musical, His Life, in over 80 countries.
Rev. Carol Record, Minister Emeritus
It is with joy that I welcome this opportunity to tell you about my life and Unity. Some years ago, as a twenty-five year old woman, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and diagnosed with cancer. To me, this was impossible, for I was invincible.
It was when a minister came to the hospital to “minister to me” that I found myself questioning much of my previous religious teachings. The well-meaning minister told me the reason I had cancer was because God did not approve of divorce. Now, not only was I experiencing cancer, I was being judged and punished by God.
At that very moment, after asking … no, telling, the minister to leave, I cried within myself, “There must be something more,” and my spiritual journey began. Soon after, I discovered Unity, and it was the teachings of Unity that enabled me to move through those experiences of cancer and divorce into a greater understanding of my life’s purpose.
Under the leadership of Rev. Carol, our founding minister, Center of Unity received the John Templeton Radio Grant in June of 1989. In 1991 the church was the first recipient of the Voice of Unity Award for excellence in broadcasting. The church also had an outreach ministry at the Federal Medical Center, a medium security Federal Prison, in Fort Worth Texas.
Rev. Carol is active in her community. She believes giving to the community is one of the many ways she can return the good she has received throughout her life. Carol served as the first woman president on the board of directors for the Grapevine Rotary Club. She is also active in the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
For eight years Rev. Carol was Chaplain at the trinity Springs Pavilion in Fort Worth Texas, the county psychiatric hospital. She also was a motivational speaker for the Greenhouse Spa for several years.
Prior to the ministry, Rev. Carol was sales manager of a manufacturing company dealing with oil field servicing companies and the chemical industry. Rev. Carol was a Texas real estate agent and has participated in Toastmaster’s International.
Carol retired from this ministry on November 18, 2018. She and her husband Mike enjoy traveling, swimming and raising orchids.