Rev. Eleanor Bentley, Minister
December 31, 2017 - The Board of Trustees announced their approval to hire Rev. Eleanor Bentley as our "Permanent Part-time Minister."
Eleanor Bentley, born in 1945, was raised among the citrus groves of central Florida. She grew up in Lakeland, Florida, and was a stay-at-home mom until her three daughters were teenagers. She then went back to school, earning a certification as Master Gardener, with a specialty in Interior Plantscaping. She was very active in local garden clubs, rising to the level of Flower Show Judge, and moving into the area of custom floral design - working with major department stores including Ethan Allen and as a sales rep for Heeney Designs in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1980, she became interested in the concept of Metaphysics through the local Unity church in Lakeland, rising to the level of Licensed Teacher and then relocating to Kansas City, Missouri, to attend seminary at Unity School of Christianity. She obtained her Masters of Divinity there in 1995.
Rev. Eleanor has served ministries in Missouri and Florida, most recently at Unity by the Lakes in Mt. Dora. After 22 years in ministry, she is semi-retired, and her work now includes an online ministry as well as teaching, speaking, and consulting. She resided temporarily in Lakeland, Florida, while helping a daughter remodel her home; she has now relocated to the Gainesville area. She is divorced, has three daughters and nine grandchildren, all living in Florida.