Get to Know the Associate Minister Candidates

Get to Know the Associate Minister Candidates

Get to Know the Associate Minister Candidates

We are excited about having two candidates for our full-time Associate Minister position: Jim Ernstsen, our ministerial intern, and Rev. Toni Fish.

Jim Ernstsen has given the Sunday lesson on September 29, November 3 and November 17. We invite you to listen to his talks archived on our website here. He will be giving the meditation on Sunday, January 12 and then, from 1:30-3:30 PM, teaching a workshop entitled Another Chance at a New Beginning

Rev. Toni Fish spoke on Sunday, October 13, for our 100th anniversary. Her lesson can be viewed on our archived services here. Rev. Toni will be speaking again on January 19 at both services and then teaching the What is MY Prosperity Consciousness? workshop that afternoon at 1:30 PM. She will be leading a workshop on Tuesday, January 21 called Creating, Expanding, Strengthening My/Our Prosperity Consciousness?

This position is by ministerial appointment, but we want to share this information with the hope you will be able to attend their workshops and/or listen to their Sunday lessons.

Rev. Toni Fish

Rev. Toni Fish is the senior minister of Unity in Frederick, Maryland, where she has served for the last 18 years. Toni was ordained through Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Field Licensing Program and continues to serve as a mentor in that program. She has been active in Unity Worldwide Ministries at the national and regional level, serving on the UWM Board of Trustees since 2012, Education Services Ministry Team from 2004 to 2009, and chaired that team from 2006 to 2008. Toni also served on the Eastern Region YEA (Youth Education Advisory) Team in 2010-11. Toni is actively involved in interfaith activities within her community, serving as task force leader for the Season for Nonviolence for many years and as the co-coordinator for the Frederick Area Ministerial Association, assisting in the expansion of that group to include ministers of all faith traditions. From 2009–2011, she served as the president for Habitat for Humanity in Frederick County. Toni believes that translating the Unity principles into the language of the emerging new worldview is vital to her community and our movement. In an earlier chapter of her life, Toni spent 22 years in the corporate arena as an international information security and continuity planning consultant.

Jim Ernstsen

Jim Ernstsen is currently attending his last year at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, completing the internship phase of his UWSI education. Jim expects to be ordained by the end of 2019. He has been involved in the Unity Movement for over 20 years and has recently served as the Sunday Worship Assistant, Prayer Chaplain, and Sound Booth A/V tech. He has been a guest speaker in the Jacksonville area for many years and has coordinated Taizé services with his wife Lisa during Unity World Day of Prayer. He has been a sponsor at the Southeast Regional YOU Spring Rally and worked to create a new Usher Training program at Unity Church for Creative Living in St Johns Florida. Jim has volunteered in the sacred gardens and participate in the Vision and Healing workshops for UCCL. He has created and taught a three-part series of classes on Prayer & Meditation as a prerequisite for the Prayer Chaplain training program, as well as serving as Intern for both Unity of Louisville and Unity of East Louisville. Jim and his wife Lisa (also a UWSI student) currently live in Plymouth, Minnesota while Jim serves as Ministerial Intern for Unity Minneapolis.