About Unity of Roanoke Valley

Unity of Roanoke Valley was founded in 1971 by the Revs. Alan and Kathryn Rowbotham.

Our church sits on 26 beautiful acres that include a labyrinth, playgrounds, walking trails, gardens, and picnic area.

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

The foundation of this church is prayer. Our senior minister, the Rev. Rick Belous, is available for prayer support, as are our licensed Unity teachers and Unity prayer chaplains.

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 support groups, including A Course in Miracles, Search for God, Mankind Project, Power of 8, and InStill Mindfulness and Service Club.

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 Body Mind Spirit Fest each year in June where the community can gather to experience healings, readings, seminars, shop for metaphysical gifts and tools, as well as eco and green living items.


Sunday Services (during the ‘rona)

YouTube Video Services posted on our website and Facebook page every Sunday at 9:00 am.

In-person services resume on April 18th!

We will have one in-person service every Sunday at 11:00 am – reservations required (see below)

Seating Reservations for All In-Person Services

Social distancing and masks are required and seating will be limited. To reserve seats for a service, you must send an email to: urvseats@yahoo.com. Please include the following information:

Your name
Names of all people attending the service with you
Phone number(s)
Which service you plan to attend

Meet the Minister

Rev. Dr. Rick Belous

Rev. Dr. Rick Belous brings a great deal of creativity and compassion to his ministry.

Prior to his call to ministry, Rick was Vice President of Research and Chief Economist for the United Way system. He was also an adjunct lecturer of economics at George Washington University.

Following the death of his father when he was age 17, Rick didn’t want anything to do with organized religion. Then in his mid-20’s, he had several “profoundly mystical experiences” which led to his deep commitment to spiritual growth. Rick has been a part of the Unity movement since the mid-1980s.

“I am very glad for the years of spiritual doubt and searching because I know what the ‘spiritual but-not-religious’ people in our society are going through,” he says. “Unity does not ask people to check their minds at the door. It is free and open as a breeze on a hot day. Unity honors both spirituality and science. We look to Jesus as our way-shower, and we also learn from other enlightened teachers,” he adds.

Rick earned his BA from Columbia University, and his MA and Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University. He also earned a Master in Divinity from Unity Institute and Seminary. He is an ordained minister by Unity Worldwide Ministries. In fact, he is now an advisor to Unity Worldwide Ministries. Prior to Unity of Roanoke Valley, Rick served as Senior Minister at Unity Center of Tulsa.

Rick also serves as president of Spiral-Pathways.org, a research network dedicated to studying and advancing the evolution of spiritual consciousness.

Besides being a noted preacher, Rick also specializes in pastoral counseling. “Other doctors may not do house calls these days, but I still do,” he adds. Rick is the author, or co-author, of 13 books and numerous articles. He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, and The Today Show, as well as quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other leading papers. Rick has also served as an advisor to two U.S Presidential Commissions.

Rick lives in the Roanoke area with two daughters and a cat.

“When I first came to Unity, in Northern Virginia back in the 1980s, what really struck me was the love within the church. It really was a very special place. Unity of Roanoke Valley has that same warmth and compassion. The people here don’t just talk the talk –  they walk the walk,” he notes.