Rev. Carmen Rich Zappi is an ordained Unity minister who has been the senior minister at Unity of Daytona Beach since April 2000.
She graduated in 1988 from Unity School for Religious Studies (now called Unity Institute) and the Unity Minister’s Executive Institute. She is also a graduate of the Master Prosperity Teachers’ program and is a trained peace worker through the Unity Ministry for Peacemaking (now called Peace Skills Institute). Her passion is teaching people how to live the principles of practical Christianity in order to experience personal empowerment and create a life of well-being and fulfillment.
Prior to ministry, Carmen was a registered nurse with specialties in neonatology, mental health and substance abuse treatment. She was vice-president for Stabilization & Nursing at Stewart-Marchman Center in Daytona Beach for seven years.
Carmen is a native of Daytona Beach and has lived in the area most of her life. She and her husband Al live in Ormond Beach. She has two children, and her interests include gardening, theater, traveling and antiques.
Rev. Linda Machesic, Affiliate Minister
Rev. Linda Machesic was ordained as a Unity minister in 2007 after graduating from Unity School of Christianity (now called Unity Institute). Rev. Linda retired from full-time church ministry in 2015 and moved to Daytona Beach to be close to her daughter and grandchildren. Prior to becoming a Unity minister, Rev. Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Education and served in the education field, teaching community groups for the Office of Economic Opportunity. She also taught high school literature in Fort Pierce, Florida.
“It is my pleasure to volunteer my services to Rev. Carmen wherever she needs my assistance,” comments Rev. Linda. “Currently I am Desk Angels Coordinator, serving Ministry Team Leaders in whatever way they need. It is a pleasure to serve here at Unity of Daytona Beach — a spiritually mature community where Truth students walk the talk!”
Rev. Teresa Curry graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School in May 2017. After completing a one-year internship program she was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2018.
As an affiliate minister, Rev. Teresa teaches classes and workshops, provides prayer support and spiritual counseling for the congregation, officiates at special services and offers her full support to the senior minister, including delivering occasional Sunday messages.
“Unity of Daytona Beach is an amazing spiritual community,” says Rev. Teresa. “I knew I was home the first time I attended a Sunday service in 1996. This heart-opening experience gave me the gift of acceptance and unconditional love at a bleak time in my life. This authentic love opened a place in my soul that revealed the Truth about me as a child of God with unlimited Divine potential. This special community gave me the courage to apply the lessons of Truth to my life, and my prayer is to offer this rich blessing to all.”