Ministerial Team

Rev. Kristin Powell, Lead Minister

Rev. Kristin Powell is passionate about Spirit and Nature. Her practices include expressing gratitude and faith through affirmative prayer, communing with the Spirit within through meditation and immersing herself in the sacred body through yoga, outdoor activity and the beauty of nature. Her spiritual path and messages are focused on wholeness, oneness and love. Kristin moves herself and her audience toward a sense of full soul integration (of masculine and feminine, dark and light, physical, emotional and spiritual) while collectively honoring the diverse expressions that comprise the One. 

Kristin teaches foundational Unity classes and contemporary approaches to ancient spiritual teachings using prayer, meditation, visualization and nature in addition to heart-centered discussion through practices such as Council. Council contributes to the healing and collaboration that brings human beings back into harmony with their own hearts, one another, earth and Spirit. 

Feeling a call to serve the community of Unity of Walnut Creek in 2016, Kristin became the lead minister on Easter Sunday, 2017. She is delighted to serve in such a vibrant, intelligent and heart-centered community and to be based in the Bay Area with abundant access points to stunning and natural diversity. Kristin is also active in the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Ordained a Unity minister in 2002, Kristin founded Unity Rising in 2003. Unity Rising offers spiritual retreats in divine nature ranging from seasonal daylong nature immersions to full wilderness fasts and a variety of spiritual sojourns. You may learn more about Unity Rising at

Previously, Kristin served as the supervisor at Silent Unity, Unity’s international prayer ministry, and as senior minister at Unity of Columbia in Missouri. Kristin. She was host of Soulstream on Unity Online Radio from 2013-2016. You may listen to all archived episodes by clicking here

Kristin is happy to share her home with her partner Brenlee Reida and their dogs Dakota and Samson.

Ron Salazar, Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT)

Ron Salazar LUTRon has been a truth student for almost 30 years. He began following the New Thought Path in 1988 through the 12 Step Spiritual Path. The 12 Step path’s foremost tenant is that we come to a Spiritual awakening, and by keeping a conscious contact with God we will connect to the Spiritual Power that resides Within all of us.

Ron became a Unity Path follower in 1998 and, by 2000, found that he was being called to be a Unity Minister. In November of 2012, he became a Licensed Unity Teacher. 

In Ron's experience, both Unity and the 12 Step Path hold that we are a part of God, and conscious awareness of the Divine Presence within us is the key element in experiencing our true selves, the I AM, the Christ within us.