Our Ministers

Ellen Debenport

Ellen Debenport’s first career was in journalism, working as a reporter for United Press International, then as political editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She was posted in Washington, D.C., when she began to feel a call to deeper spiritual exploration.

Ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 1999, Ellen served as minister at the 1,000-member Unity of Dallas church, took a year off to write, then in 2009 became minister at Unity of Wimberley.

She is the author of The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality and Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door, about the spiritual path through change and transition. See more about her books below.

In addition to her weekly Sunday messages, Ellen speaks for spiritual groups throughout the country and has hosted nearly 200 shows for Unity Online Radio with its 100,000 monthly listeners. She also teaches classes, leads workshops and conducts retreats for other spiritual-but-not-religious seekers. Her weekly blog on Patheos.com reaches a growing international audience. Listen to her Sunday messages here.


Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door

How to Move Gracefully Through Change into Renewed and Abundant Life


Hell in the Hallway coverAt some point, you and everyone you know will go through changes, some welcome and others not.

You might even have heard, "When one door closes, another one opens, but it can be hell in the hallway."

A period of transition in your life might be frustrating or painful, but it's not a waste. What if this didn't happen TO you, but FOR you? Could you start looking for the good?

Because so many people go through long periods of uncertainty and even grief, Ellen Debenport has written a book about the spiritual path through change and transition.

With this book you can:

  • Find out which kind of hallway you have entered.
  • Learn the spiritual steps to move through transition.
  • Create what you want behind the next door.

Read more on the Hallway book page, or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The book is also in our church bookstore.


The Five Principles

A Guide to Practical Spirituality


Five Principles coverRev. Ellen's book, The Five Principles, is about the ancient spiritual laws that govern our lives and also form the basis of Unity's teachings.

  1. God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
  2. Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
  3. Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
  4. Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
  5. Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.

The book is in the church bookstore, or you may order a copy from Amazon.


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Melinda Wood AllenRev. Melinda Wood Allen is our associate minister and music director, with a lifelong career as a singer, songwriter, actress and choral director.

After nearly 30 years serving in New Thought ministries, Melinda graduated in 2016 from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained as an interfaith/interspiritual minister. On her first official Sunday, she also was ordained as a Unity minister to serve at Unity of Wimberley.

Melinda says her greatest joy is combining her understanding of spiritual principles with her love of music. She regularly presents moving programs at Unity churches and Centers for Spiritual Living across the country, as well as in prisons and addiction recovery groups.

She is a longtime member of Unity Worldwide Ministries' Music Ministry Team, which offers music to Unity churches worldwide, and she is a regular contributor to PositiveChristianity.org's yearly spiritual retreat cruises.

At Unity of Fort Worth, Melinda put together a 65-voice choir that sang at Carnegie Hall in New York. She also loves musical theater and has performed at venues throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Melinda continues to live in Fort Worth with her husband Bob, but they also have a home in New Braunfels. She is with us about twice a month and chooses guest musicians for the other Sundays.