Thanks for stopping by UBB’s website! If you’re new to our church, we say “Welcome!” As you can tell from our website, we are a friendly, welcoming, Spirit-centered church community, created by loving and compassionate truth seekers just like you. We are a diverse group of people, and we delight in the richness of the tapestry we weave together. We hope you’ll come to one of our Sunday services or visit one of our many classes or special events to see how our church feels to you. You just might find the church home you’ve been looking for! If you’re someone who knows UBB well, we say “Thank you!” for bringing your energy and unique style to our church family. Because of your commitment and presence, UBB is deepening in our Christ Consciousness and expanding in our Prosperity Consciousness.

We have received many miracles and we open our hearts to those that are on the way. As we enjoy our light-filled and spacious New Church Home on Pointless Forest Trail, we say Yes to the bounty that is ours and to the bright future that is before us. We are truly blessed and so very grateful!

It is an honor and a pleasure to serve Unity by the Bay as members of the Board of Trustees at this exciting time in the journey of our church. UBB has enriched our lives and we are happy to have this opportunity to give our time and energy in return. The board works hand-in-hand with our Spiritual Leader, Rev. Baine Palmer, on administrative and business matters that arise as a matter of course in church operations. With every discussion and decision, we acknowledge the Christ Presence within and among us, and we dedicate ourselves to achieving the Greater Good that serves everyone who enters our sanctuary. If you have a question or an idea you would like to share, please write to us at admin@unitybythebay.org. We would be very happy to hear from you.


Phil Beauchamp
President

Phil was born and raised in Rochester, New York, in a devout Roman Catholic family, with six siblings and 56 first cousins. The family was “tight” with the priests of the parish and the nuns in the local Catholic elementary school. In addition, there were multiple priests and nuns on both sides of his family.

Professionally, Phil has worked in the transportation industry for more than 40 years. He has managed international transportation projects (in NYC, Sacramento, Newark, Denver, Dallas, Macedonia, South Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan) from offices in Rochester, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Baltimore.

When Phil was five years old, he told his mother that he had seen Jesus the night before while he was asleep. She didn’t care to discuss his vision, but he believes it was the beginning of his belief that there was more to learn.

When Phil was in Kansas City, he joined a Unity church and embraced a new spiritual belief. When he moved to Columbia, Maryland, he visited UBB in Severna Park and joined the Science of Mind congregation, took a variety of courses, and enjoyed the course content. When he and his wife, Idalia Romero, visited UBB in our current location, they knew it was their spiritual home! In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Phil coordinates UBB’s team of ushers.

Jan Dineen
Member At-Large

As a child, Jan walked with her sister to the nearby Lutheran church to attend Sunday School. Their family attended the Methodist church on holidays and when her dad ushered.

At Catawba College, where she majored in Elementary Education, Jan discovered Transcendental Meditation, which began a daily practice that continues to this day. After receiving a master’s degree, she became a school counselor. She recently retired from Anne Arundel County public school system.

Early in her career, a fellow teacher and school counselor, Cindy, told Jan about the Unity church that was meeting at the Y in Severna Park. She found a “match” in that spiritual community and has been spiritually nourished at Unity by the Bay ever since. Her husband attends the “Church of Perch,” located on the Severn River. One of UBB’s former ministers, Reverend Judy Elia, married them aboard a boat on that river.

Over the years, Jan has donated her time, talent, and treasures by volunteering in numerous ways: hosting Relax by the River for chaplains and the prayer team, chairing the Hospitality Team, greeting on Sunday mornings, and serving as board secretary. Currently, she serves as a member of the Hospitality Team as well as the Board of Trustees

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Phil Jones
Member At-Large

Phil Jones is a construction lawyer in private practice. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and George Washington University, where he received a master’s degree in business administration. His law degree was conferred by the George Washington School of Law.

Phil’s current term on UBB’s Board of Trustees is actually his “second time around.” He served on the board in the 1990s, soon after starting to attend services at Unity by the Bay. He had encountered Unity a few years before while on business in the San Francisco Bay area. He was attracted to Unity’s emphasis on fundamental truths without a rigid belief system.

His family’s religious connections are eclectic to say the least. Phil and his siblings grew up in the Presbyterian Church in a small town in West Virginia. Mid-life, his mother became a committed Quaker, and his sister joined her in that spiritual community. His older brother is an Episcopalian minister. In Washington, Phil was active in the Self-Realization Fellowship. He married a Jewish woman, and they raised their children in the traditions of that faith.

Phil serves as an usher at Unity by the Bay and now, as a board member, welcomes the opportunity to again become involved in stewardship of our spiritual home.

Ritu Sharma
Treasurer

Ritu serves as UBB’s treasurer and brings 30 years of experience in non-profit management and organizational development. She founded and ran the international advocacy coalition, Women Thrive Worldwide, which influenced numerous U.S. government international policies and programs to benefit women and families who live on less than a dollar a day. Ritu has also served on the boards of national and international organizations as a chair, vice chair and treasurer. Ritu is author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.

Mary Jo Armiger
Member At-Large

Mary Jo Armiger is a psychotherapist in private practice, with expertise in mental health issues stemming from trauma as well as addiction, depression, and anxiety. She holds certifications in trauma treatment, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and hypnotherapy. She graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Baltimore in 2000. In 2003, she joined Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, a grant-funded program that treated individuals with a history of sexual abuse and rape and, in 2009, was named the director of its Trauma Treatment Program. In that role, she supervised administrative and clinical staff, managed programmatic budgets, wrote grant applications, and conducted workshops.

Mary Jo gladly shares her broad range of professional skills with Unity by the Bay as a member of our Board of Trustees, which she joined in September 2020. She has attended services at UBB since 2007 and made the commitment of membership in 2012. She is a dedicated member of our usher team, so you will often find her in the vestibule on Sunday mornings, greeting us as we arrive for services.

Tink Cooper
Member At-Large

Tink Cooper has a long association with Unity churches and principles. After growing up in Unity Church of Christianity in Atlanta, she continued to seek Unity congregations as her educational and professional pursuits took her to various locations on the east coast, including Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. She started coming to Unity by the Bay about 4 years ago.

Many of us got to know Tink during Saturday morning gardening events at UBB. In addition to gardening, Tink’s hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and boating. She’s often found on the trails at Jug Bay Park near Upper Marlboro. She enjoyed working with her husband, Jon, at Rockhold Creek Marina in Deale, which he owned for more than 20 years. Tink’s public service includes volunteering as a judge for state and federal elections in Maryland.

Since 1991, Tink has worked as an attorney-advisor in the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice. From 1991 to 2001, she was the legal counsel for the Office of Redress Compensation, which paid $20,000 to each of the Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. Currently, she is deputy chief of the Freedom of Information Act Office, which responds to requests for federal government documents. Tink earned her law degree at Florida State University and a master of laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Our Twelve Divine Powers

Power for March: Wisdom
Apostle: James, son of Zebedee
Area of Body: Pit of the stomach
Color: Yellow
Wisdom: The blend of knowledge from the head and heart.
Affirmation: I am guided by divine wisdom in every thought, word, and action.