PAUL TENAGLIA - Founding & Senior Minister
is the founding and senior minister of Unity
of New York.
A graduate of the Unity
School of Christianity's Ministerial Program at Unity Village, Missouri, Paul
was licensed and ordained in 1991.
While at Unity Village, he was an assistant supervisor and trainer for the Silent Unity Telephone Prayer Room, the oldest continually operating 24-hour prayer ministry in the country.
After ordination, Paul served as minister of Unity Church of Santa Fe and Unity Church of San Francisco.
came back to New York after Eric Butterworth called him to serve with him as associate minister of the Unity
Center at Avery Fisher Hall
, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
After three years, Paul
was led to found Unity
of New York to satisfy the need for a spiritual community in Manhattan.
of New York draws members and attendees from the tri-state area and New England.
The congregation is made up of many walks of life with well over 60% of those it serves in the performing arts field.
Before dedicating his life to the ministry, Paul was a theatre artist himself.
performed off-Broadway, in national tours, stock, and in many regional theatres in the U.S. and Canada.
also directed and/or choreographed over 100 shows in his
career including LOVE LETTERS starring Citizen Kane's Ruth Warrick; the original Toronto production of the off-Broadway hit SCRAMBLED FEET; GYPSY for Kansas City's Theatre Under the Stars, and the first non-U.S. professional production of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Limelight Theatre, Toronto) He
also wrote a show that had a four month run in Toronto "I Ought to be on Broadway, But I Don't Have My Green Card."
emphasizes that the theatre and the church have the same divine roots; and that it is necessary that church services recapture the joy, mystery, and sense of child-like wonder that theatre still holds.
credo is that each one of us is a Divine Artist/Minister with the power to create a healthy, prosperous and creative life - and helping others to know it as well.