Meet Our Senior Minister

Reverend Mary Elita Masters

Reverend Mary Masters

Mary has been involved with Unity for over 30 years! Since being ordained in 2002, she has served as the Senior Minister here at Unity of Buffalo, New York - A position she calls “a Divine Appointment if there ever was one.”

While in Buffalo, Rev. Mary’s ministry has engaged the Appreciative Inquiry process and completed the Transformation Experience as part of its journey to grow and evolve as a vibrant and thriving ministry. The Transformation Experience was a three-year pilot program from 2009-2012 through Unity Worldwide Ministries that was a whole-ministry transformational initiative designed to create thriving ministries and enlightened leaders.

During Rev. Mary’s time with Unity of Buffalo, our ministry has expanded in even greater ways to be known as a “spiritual and cultural arts center for Western New York”, providing a home for diverse music series, an art gallery, theatre company, hosting the Tibetan Monks on a regular basis, and fulfilling the congregation’s vision for a Unity Peace Park with completion of a gazebo and labyrinth.

Mary’s passion for the Unity movement has been expressed through her service on the Eastern Region Board and now the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board. Mary served five years on the Eastern Region Board, including four years as the regional president from 2005-09. She has been a member of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees since 2009 and had the honor of serving as Chair of the Board in 2013-14.  In that role, she ordained the graduating class of Unity Institute ministers and gave the commencement address at the 2014 Unity Institute Graduation ceremonies. Prior to ordination, Mary was a Licensed Unity Teacher at Unity of Chicago.

Rev. Mary Unity of Buffalo Sunday Service

Her career prior to ministry was in college athletics, serving as an Assistant Commissioner for the Big Ten Conference (and yes, she still is a big fan of college athletics – go Blue!).  She has a master's degree in managerial communications from Northwestern University and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Rev. Mary feels her life purpose is to always “leave a place better than I found it.” Her core values are: Spiritually-Centered, Loving Kindness, Authenticity, Continuous Learning and Growing, and Play (if you can’t have fun doing it, is it worth doing?) She loves getting to know people in her congregation and the people she meets through the many varied experiences that her ministry has gifted her with. Every interaction is an opportunity to discover and appreciate the buried treasure within all of us.


Rev. Mary with Minister Emerita Rev. Allaurah Olson
Rev. Mary with Minister Emerita and former Unity of Buffalo Senior Minister, Rev. Allaurah Olson.