Meet Our Staff

Jack Groverland

Head Minister
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Jack Groverland is an ordained Unity minister who heads the Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center.  He is also a professional writer with several books and a screen play under option in Hollywood.

“Life wasn’t always this good, “Jack tells us some Sundays from the pulpit. “I grew up in the crime infested ghettos of Hoboken and JersJack speakingey City where I learned all the wrong ideas about life.  I lived with my father, an immigrant truck driver who couldn’t begin to imagine the life I’m living now.In those dark days I was a petty thief, gang fighter, gambler and fool.  I left all that when I escaped from jail under a hail of bullets and in the process had my first spiritual experience.  Too bad that first experience wasn’t all I needed but it was a good start.In short, I changed my name and my life for the better. Still, I never thought I would wind up a Unity minister with a wife and 3 kids in Boulder, Colorado.  But here I am.  My life is magnificent now but it didn’t get that way over night. My life evolved over many years of sincere searching for the Truth, which I am privileged to share each Sunday in the Unity pulpit.”— Jack
To see one of Jack’s recent talks, watch this video

In this video, Jack talks explains that the times right now are ripe for massive transformations in human consciousness…

He talks about transcending reflective awareness, or dualistic thinking, into the state of God consciousness. He says that, for some of us, it can be frightening to make that transformation.

Watch the video here



Norma Groverland

Minister of Music
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I was born the middle child of three daughters to a Mohawk Native American Father and a Russian Immigrant Mother.  Norman Bigtree was my father’s name and I was named after him (he had given up on having a boy, so I was named “Norma” Bigtree).  My sisters and I became quite famous in the East as a singing, dancing trio called the “Bigtree Sisters”.  I performed with my sisters all over New York State from the age of 4 until I went to New York City after attending two years at Syracuse University’s School of Music.  I performed with Barry Manilow, Bernadtte Peters, etc, when I met Jack Groverland.  Upon meeting him, we both embarked on a spiritual quest together (without family), that has been the most rewarding life one could ever imagine.

Syntysche Groverland

Associate Minister
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A master story teller, Syntysche Groverland captivates an audience with her inherent ability to spin a tale of whimsy, humor and spiritual insight, all at the same time.  She seamlessly and effortlessly weaves biblical messages and stories with real life examples that not only validate the spiritual principles Jesus taught, but demonstrate how we can apply these teachings in our day-to-day lives.  I think what engages us most about Syntysche is her willingness to be vulnerable, her courage to be honest with herself and others, and her unwavering commitment to consciousness.

Syntysche grew up immersed in the Unity teachings and was no doubt influenced by her father and Head Minister at Unity, Jack Groverland.  If there is some similarity between them, it is that they both have the ability to express passion and elicit emotion in those that might otherwise be blocked.  For this reason, Syntysche and Jack’s talks aren’t just inspiring, they are healing.

To see one of Syntysche’s recent talks, watch this video.

Mike Schadle

Church Administrator
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As the Church Administrator, Mike Schadle oversees the rentals, the church services, the building maintenance, and so much more.  There are few who could pull all of this off, but Mike not only does it with a smile but has an eye for detail and delivers.  Mike has been with us since 2012, and his spirits have never changed.  He brings a lot of fun and professionalism to the office, but mostly fun!  Volunteers love to interact with him because he makes people laugh and his joy is contagious.   

Heather Bilyeu

Administrative Assistant
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Heather is Unity’s Volunteer Coordinator, Office Secretary and Gift Shop Associate. She is dedicated to a life in service of helping others and has found a place she can truly call home here at Unity.  Her spiritual interests are in Essene, Buddhist & Native American Thought, the independent study of nutritional healing techniques & essential oil therapies, and the ways in which the world’s myths and religions reveal parallels to one another as a means of discovering spiritual truths.  She is a strong believer in the Law of Attraction and transmuting one’s life’s trials into a pathway of light.  In her free time she enjoys mountain trail running. She and her husband are musicians and perform as the acoustic mountain sagebrush blues duo, “Ravin’wolf“.

Sierra Samuel

Social Media Marketing Manager and Web Designer
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Sierra Samuel is the Social Media Marketing Manager and Web Designer at Unity.  Her job is to develop and maintain Unity’s online presence and promote the church. Sierra says her method of marketing is to tell the “story” of a product or business, get to the “heart” of it’s value and illustrate how it can positively impact people’s lives. Sierra is a singer/songwriter who appears regularly on the Unity stage, singing solos or participating in the Unity Choir.  She is also the Children’s Choir Director and writer for the church blog “The Voice of Unity”.

Here at Unity, I don’t have to search to find the beauty and essence of this amazing Spiritual Center, it is all around me. Deep in the archives of Unity’s pictures and videos of past events, I have discovered that since the Unity of Boulder established itself years ago, it has been a series of golden moments.— Sierra

Chrissy and Beau Woods

Head of Children's Spiritual Center
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Beau and Chrissy Woods direct the Sunday School Program at Unity of Boulder. They are responsible for creating and adapting a variety of lesson plans and activities for spiritual expression with our youth and coordinating and recruiting a wonderful volunteer base. They have had the blessing of over 250 children in our programs and they truly are changing the world one child at a time. They hope to be blessed with meeting your child in the future!

Melinda Malek

Director of Y.O.U.
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Melinda is the Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) Director. She loves that she is able to give back to the community & youth program that gave so much to her. “Getting to work with teens is an inspiring, spiritually satisfying experience. I get to see them express their wisdom, share their insights and discover their own spiritual path. There’s nothing quite like it.

Melinda has been a part of Unity since she was a just a baby and grew up  with the Sunday School, Uniteens & Y.O.U. experience. Since then, Unity of Boulder has been a constant in her life. She has volunteered, helped with productions & attended church as a regular member. She feels she would be a completely different person today had she not grown up in Unity and loves the community, friendships & family she has found there.  Outside of Unity, she works for a non-profit organization. There she is the manager & main instructor for the DateSmart program, which teaches middle school students about healthy relationships and dating violence prevention.

Tahlya Hinds

Facilitator of the Uniteens
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Tahlya has been attending Unity of Boulder since 2012 and has attended and volunteered in many different aspects of Unity including; a Prosperity Class, the Craft Fair, the Unity Choir, Easter productions, and solos, ACIM classes, and co-facilitating the Uniteens.  She is now so grateful to be the new Facilitator of the Uniteens of Unity.  Outside of her activities with Unity, she has been involved in community outreach programs including the Getting Ahead Program and the Circles Program of Boulder County.  She also sings in a punk cover band called No Kicks. She has been blessed with her 4 year old son named, Atom, who is an amazing being of light.   In her spare time she loves finding and utilizing new spiritual tools to help her, and those around her, learn and grow.

Mary Beth Fifer

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Mary Beth Fifer is the church bookkeeper.  Some of her responsibilities include payroll, taxes, bill paying, reconciling the church’s checkbook and whatever else comes up in the world of finances here at Unity of Boulder.  Mary Beth has been part of the church community for 18 years in the roles of Sunday School Director, Childcare Supervisor and Bookkeeper. 

Mary Beth has been married to Walt for 40 years.  They have 3 grown children and four grandchildren who they adore.  Mary Beth has been teaching for 34 years and is the Director of the Early Childhood programs at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.