Meet our Minister

Reverend Sylvia E. Sumter’s ministry at Unity of Washington, D.C. empowers people of all backgrounds to recognize their inherent divine oneness. A natural and gifted spiritual teacher, she has had an extraordinary effect on the thousands who have heard her messages and taken her classes. Her reach extends far beyond the boundaries of her church, however; she has fostered a thriving and activist spiritual community involved in dozens of transformational programs. She spearheads the national movement, “Stand Up for Humanity,” which brings together individuals from all walks of life and spiritual paths to promote positive action for the greater good of all.

Prior to becoming Senior Minister in the nation’s capital in 1991, Rev. Sumter served as the Chairperson of Communication Studies and Skills Department for the Unity School of Religious Studies, in Unity Village, Missouri.  She has served on the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Council of Religious Affairs and the Board of Trustees for Unity Worldwide Headquarters. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Unity Worldwide Ministries, is a member of Unity Earth and Oneness Conscious Business Leaders. She is a member of the esteemed Evolutionary Leaders, whose mission is to collectively inspire, support, and expedite conscious evolution.  An accomplished writer, she has authored sections for two books, “Sacred Secrets—Finding Your Way to Joy, Peace and Prosperity” and “Our Moment of Choice,” as well several Unity booklets.

Through her work as a minister and professional counselor, Rev. Sumter encourages people to live a life of vision, authenticity, and awareness through prayer, meditation, and the practice of spiritual principles. She is passionately committed to helping individuals raise their consciousness to take their rightful place as Light Bearers and Divine expressions. Her mission is nothing short of the transformation and uplifting of humanity itself.

Board of Trustees


  • Floyd A. Lewis

Vice President:

  • Dr. Ricky Tyrone Jackson


  • Paul Merrick


  • Albertina Lane


  • Dr. Vinetta Jones, Dr. Gabrielle L. Julien-Molineaux, Jackie Jeter, Rev. Norma Taylor

Senior Minister:

  • Rev. Sylvia Sumter