Rich Little was born during the Great Depression and raised in Brooklyn, NY. At 19, he enlisted in the U.S.M.C and, 3 years later, transferred to U.S. Army Security Agency – a division of military Intelligence. There he served as a Polish and Russian linguist for 19 years. He retired in San Angelo, TX after 22 years of service. Hired as the business office manager, in a local hospital, years later, he chose to follow his dream. Over the next 25 years, he started, and then retired, 3 small businesses. He met Kathleene in 1984. Together, they discovered Unity. In 1985, they married at Unity of San Angelo, TX. February 1986, they relocated to Lexington, SC. Rapidly finding Unity here, they have been members for over 37 years. Rich has served in many capacities. In 2017- 18, he wrote a history of Unity in Columbia and assumed the position of Church Historian. He has enjoyed managing the Usher/Greeter team for over five years.
As the first Unity representative churchgoers often encounter, greeters and ushers become the face of Unity for many. Your welcoming smile can ensure visits begin amid Unity’s unconditional acceptance. Opportunities are available most Sundays and for special events.
Are you looking to contribute your gifts and talents to a worthy cause? Are you seeking fulfilling ways to serve God and others? Do you want the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference in the world?
If so, you’re where you need to be! In Unity, we believe service is an important part of our spiritual journey. We feel a sacred responsibility, both individually and collectively, to make a positive difference in our communities through personal example and collective action. Through prayer, positive community-building and service, we can make the world a better place!
We offer multiple ways for you to serve our ministry and/or the greater community… and we are committed to matching you with a role that’s perfect for YOU! We understand that, in order for volunteering to be fulfilling, it’s important to find something that fits your skills, interests, schedule and talents. When you find that perfect match, volunteering rewarding and fun.
We lovingly invite you to explore our wide variety of opportunities to serve. There’s nothing that will bring you more joy!
Meet Our Greeters
Halina Schafer has been a part of Unity since the early ‘90s and Unity has opened Halina's world to every possibility. Helping others is something she strives for, daily. Halina has enjoyed being a part of the Platform Assistants, Greeters and Book Study groups for Unity of the Midlands since moving to the Columbia, SC area with her partner, John, in 2014. Along with writing and reading, her passions are gardening, yoga, travel, investing and more. There are no limits!
Pat Hastings has been attending Unity of the Midlands since 1994 when it moved to the current location on Legrand Rd. She has been teaching the youth for many years. She does fun crafts with the kids and lets them express their creativity. She also greets at the front door once a month and helps invite others into our Spiritual Community. Pat attends Unity because she finds fellowship and teachings that align with what she believes. Since retiring as a nurse she enjoys the freedom to read and garden.
Gus Philpott was raised in the Midwest. After college and six years in Chicago, he moved to Denver where he attended Mile Hi Church of Religious Science. In 1992-93 he trained as a regression hypnotherapist with the late Irene Hickman, D.O. and has found hypnotherapy to be the most important work of his life. Two Kindle books have been published on Amazon, and he has ideas for 3-4 more. He also enjoys blogging about the Richland 2 School District and The Summit HOA, where his crusades for problem-fixing get a good work-out. Gus returned to Unity of the Midland in April and says he feels like he is "back home".