Our Leaders

Rev. Gary Canier, Senior Minister

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as a fourth generation Californian, Gary received his BA in Theater Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz.  He lived and worked in New York City for nine years, producing and directing thirteen new productions Off-Broadway.  Returning to California, he received an MA in Creation Spirituality in Matthew Fox’s Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.  He and his partner, Owen Howson, produced award-winning training, informational and educational videos together for many years.  They moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1998 and Gary worked full-time as a wedding officiant. He began attending Unity Church of Maui in 2007.  Gary served as Board President at Unity Maui.  When Gary got the call to become a Unity Minister, they moved to Oahu. As part of Gary’s training in the International Ministerial Program he served on the ministry teams at Unity Church of Hawaii, Unity Windward, and Unity Church of Maui. He also served as the first director of the Unity National School Pacific Rim. He was ordained as a Unity minister in November 2016. In October 2018 they moved to Texas. Rev. Gary is currently the Senior Minister at Unity of New Braunfels. He is grateful to be serving this church and this beautiful community in the Texas Hill Country.

Leslie Woods, Assistant Minister / Administration/ Youth & Family

Leslie has served in Youth and Family Ministry for 30 years and is currently the Assistant Minister at Unity of New Braunfels with a focus on Administration, as well as, Youth and Family Ministries. She  is on the path to seminary and is working on becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher.  She has written curricula for the youth ministry and is also working on several children’s book ideas.  That project gets put aside often while classes and working on becoming ordained is a priority. 



Linda Gillispie, Pastoral Education Associate

As a Licensed Unity Teacher, Linda has taught many classes in Austin, San Marcos and New Braunfels and served as guest speaker in Austin, San Marcos, Victoria, New Braunfels and Boerne. She is the mother of two children and grandmother of five. Linda has a deep love for Unity Principles based on the teachings of Jesus and sharing these teachings is her greatest joy.


Ron Brietzke, Music Director

Ron leads the Unity Singers in performing original songs he writes each week to complement the Sunday lesson.


Gwen Gabriel, Accompanist