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Unity Eastern Region Ministry Profile

Unity of Roanoke Valley

Minister: Rev. Luz Lecour

About Unity of Roanoke Valley

Unity was founded in the early 1890s by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, not as a separate church or religious denomination, but as a spiritual movement within religions, dedicated to helping people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles to better their lives. Unity was founded on the notion that God is within you, and therefore your purpose in life is to express your divine potential. It does not separate people into another body, bound by religious laws, doctrines, practices, and rituals. As Unity implies, we celebrate diversity. Everyone is welcome – we believe all religious, chronological, racial, ethnic, sexual, and cultural orientations are expressions of God.

Unity of Roanoke Valley was founded in 1971 by the Revs. Alan and Kathryn Rowbotham. We offer prayer support, spiritual counseling, classes, weddings, celebrations of life (memorials), home and hospital visitation, volunteer opportunities, small groups, the Body Mind Spirit Fest, spiritual education for children and adults, a bookstore, an outdoor labyrinth (open year-round), playgrounds, a picnic area, a rose garden, two water fountains, all on 26 beautiful acres. Our vibrant community is a home for the spiritual but not religious – come join us!

Our Mission | To inspire positive change in our spiritual lives and in the world.

Our Vision for the World | Centered in God, we embrace a world of love, peace and abundance for all.

Our Values | Spirit-Centered, Integrity, Inclusivity, Love, Gratitude, and Transformation

Transformational classes and seminars provide many opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship at Unity of Roanoke Valley, and all are welcome to attend. We offer a wide variety of classes and small groups, including:

Spirit Circles

Unity Book Club

The Mankind Project

Handbell & Voice Choirs

Weekly Guided Meditation

A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

Monthly Guided Labyrinth Walks

InStill Mindfulness and Service Club

Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group

Spiritual Care Team (Prayer Chaplains)

Ongoing classes taught by Rev. Betty Tarpley

The Rubber Meets the Road Group (Grief Group)

… and more! Click here to check out all the Small Groups and Gatherings!

Click here for our weekly calendar and what’s happening at Unity of Roanoke Valley!

The foundation of our community is prayer. Our Licensed Unity Teachers and Unity Prayer Chaplains are available for prayer support. Spiritual Education for our youth and teens is a high priority. Our dedicated volunteer teachers provide an environment in which children of all ages may understand and express their highest spiritual potential.

We host a 3-day Body Mind Spirit Fest each year in June, where the community gathers to experience Inspired Living through healings, intuitive readings, presentations, drum circles, labyrinth walks, yoga, sound immersions, shopping for metaphysical gifts and tools, and more!


Sunday Service

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Service (we also live stream our services on YouTube)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Fellowship

We post the live streaming link on our website and Facebook page each week.

Meet the minister

About Rev. Luz Lecour

Rev. Luz Lecour was born in Puerto Rico. She and her parents moved to New York City in 1952. She married her soul mate, Jose Lecour, in 1970. They have two wonderful daughters and three grandchildren. They were also blessed with a son. He transitioned at the age of 10. Luz says, “The love we shared with our son during his brief life lives in my heart. His transition sparked a desire to go on a quest for spiritual truth.”

Rev. Luz has a master’s degree in education from the University of Staten Island. She taught at a NYC Math and Science Magnet School for thirteen years. In 2000, Rev. Luz and her husband both retired and moved to Florida. Her husband was a NYC Police Lieutenant. Luz missed teaching, so after settling into their new home and new community, she resumed her teaching career. She taught at a school in the Citrus County School System for nine years as a classroom teacher and two years as a writing coach. In 2011, she retired (again).

Before retiring, Rev. Luz discovered Unity. It did not take long for her to dive into Unity’s teachings. She says, “Unity’s teachings transformed my life.” In 2014, she felt the call to become a Unity Minister. She graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School in 2017 and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2018. She has served as the Senior Minister at Unity of Citrus County and is now our Senior Minister at Unity of Roanoke Valley. “I continue to listen to Spirit and allow myself to be where I am called to be. I am honored to serve the community of Unity of Roanoke Valley. It is a loving, accepting, and healing place where all are welcomed and embraced as a child of God.”

Rev. Luz is passionate about sharing the life-changing universal teachings of Unity with anyone who is willing to listen. Her mission is to be a healing presence of Divine Love in the world and to support others on their journey of deep healing. Her love, passion, humor, wisdom, and depth are evident in all she does.

Outside of ministry, Rev. Luz loves to travel, read, write, dance, and spend time with family. She lives with her husband, Jose, and their cat, Mia.

Ministry Events


Sacred Sound Circle

Saturday, Apr 2, 2022, 5:00 PM

Monthly Guided Labyrinth Walks

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022, 7:30 AM

Monthly Guided Labyrinth Walks

Thursday, Apr 7, 2022, 10:00 AM
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Ministry Information

Unity of Roanoke Valley

3300 Green Ridge Road NW
Roanoke VA 24019 United States
Phone: 540-562-2200