Rev. Dorothy Harris, Founder and Pastor

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Reverend Dorothy Harris is the founder and pastor of the Unity Fellowship Church of Columbia in Columbia, Maryland. Originally from Newburgh, New York, Rev. Harris received her biblical foundation from her parents, Rev. Johnie Harris and Mother Minnie L. Harris. Rev. Harris accepted Christ and was clear of her call to the ministry at 18 years old, at which time she was appointed to the Jr. Missionary Board of Soul Saving Station C.O.G. I. C. in Newburgh, New York -- the church in which she was raised, and where she also actively served in many other capacities in the church's ministries.


Rev. Harris is a career educator, with a 30+ year history in higher education administration, including Dean-level roles in Academic Advising and Enrollment Management and faculty positions in English, American Studies, Women's studies, Communication and Reading. She currently teaches Communication at Loyola University Maryland and English at area community colleges. She also serves as a Day of Trial mediator for the District Court of Maryland.


Rev. Harris has been the recipient of several local and national awards, including "Outstanding Young Women of America," and "Outstanding Advocate" by the National Resource center on First Year Students and Students in Transitions.


Rev. Harris has been actively involved with the Unity Fellowship Church Movement since 2003 at which time she was a member of the Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore. She was ordained Reverend in 2007. She served in many capacities during her tenure at UFCB, including as President of the Women's Ministry, A member of the Trustee Board, Deacon, Minister of Administration, and Assistant Pastor. She was recently elected to the office of Secretary of the National Board for Directors for the Unity Fellowship Church Movement.

Rev. Harris holds a BA in English, an MA in American Studies/ Women's Studies, a JD from the University of Baltimore.


Of all of the jobs she has held, and of all of the commendations she has received, Rev. Harris is most honored and proud of the founding and planting of the UFC Columbia. The Columbia church, chartered in October, 2010, celebrated its second anniversary in November 2012 and in October 2013 will see its first Diaconate class receive ordination at our National Holy Convocation.


Rev. Harris also has two adult children, Azubike and Chioma of whom she is very proud.



  Deborah Dunn, Chairperson

Deborah Dunn was one of the founding members of the Unity Fellowship Church of Columbia in Columbia, Maryland. A native of Prince George's County, MD, Deb has always had a deep and abiding love for the Lord. With an MBA from Johns Hopkins, Deb has been instrumental in organizing, developing, and leading the Trustee Board on the "business" of the church. She was instrumental in forming the board, and securing the non-profit status.


With a 30+ year career in the medical field, Ms. Dunn has made healing —both physically and spiritually—her life's work. As a PAC, MBA, Physician Assistant, her areas of interest are transgender and LGBT medicine. Recently, she was part of national team of transgender medical professionals which revised the guidelines treating and prescribing medications (hormones) to those that are transitioning. These guidelines address relevant trans- medical issues and will be published and used to teach medical students nationwide.


Ms. Dunn holds a MBA from Johns Hopkins, a Physicians Assistants Degree from Howard University, and a BS from the University of Maryland. Additionally, Ms. Dunn is a musician. She plays guitar and bass for several churches.


  Hope T. Whye, Deacon Candidate

Hope T. Whye is one of the original members of Unity Fellowship Church of Columbia. Raised in a large family with deep spiritual roots, Hope gave her "yes" in 2011 when she became a Deacon Candidate. A lover of peace, Hope is certified in Community Mediation and Community Conferencing. Additionally, she is a Consultant/Trainer for Restorative Discipline Practices.


Hope holds a BA in Drama and Speech Communications Education from Delaware State University, a Master's of Science in Human Services Administration, from Coppin State University and University of Baltimore, and is an AmeriCorps Alumna, 1998.


Hope is currently employed with Social Services Consultants, Ltd. in Howard County Public Schools System