In the early 1970's, three soon to be Unity Members received a Meditation tape by Jack Boland, A Unity Minister in Detroit Michigan. Inspired by this tape, these three early members began to form a group. They met in each others homes, then as the numbers grew, they rented a large house. They got an assistant Unity Minister from Dallas, Texas to come once a week as the Minister. The membership thrived and grew until members began moving away. They gave up the big house when attendance became low and unltimatly the group disbanded.
Then in 1984, interest again surged toward opening a Unity Center in Tyler. Dean Davis, a Unity Minister in northeast Tarrant County, came to Tyler to vist with the interest group. He then visited many Dallas churches to gather support and find a sponsor for the Tyler Unity Center. Frank and Margaret Founders, ministers of Unity Way on Greenville Avenue in Dallas agreed to sponsor us and they sent us a Unity Teacher. The group met in various places and rented a building or two along the way, as the membership grew and then would decrease. Various donations came in, always just at the right time and by April of 1994, TUCPC was standing on its own feet. In November 1994, the Board met for the first time in the new Center on Hwy. 155, where it remains our Center today. Membership has grown from the meager beginning of three to approximately 100. Each Sunday will find 60-70 people in the Sanctuary.
All through the journey, one member has stayed committed, from the beginning with the Meditation Tape until the celebration of her 100th birthday. Our "Crider Hall" is dedicated to and named in honor of that member - Esther Crider. Ms. Esther was seldom absent from the Sunday School class and sat on the front row of the Sanctuary. She was always giving us a quip of her wisdom, "Thoughts held in the mind....", she would say. "As a man thinketh...." We always knew the rest of her statements. Shortly after her birthday, Ms. Esther relocated to the Dallas area to be near her children. Here is Ms. Esther with another member, Linda.
A Brief History of TUCPC