About Our Spiritual Leader
Jimmy Moreno is the former Board President at Unity of Stockton, in Stockton, CA. He has been a Shaman and practitioner of spontaneous healing for over 20 years. Through his personal practice, the development of Water Ceremony, and study of New Thought principles, Jimmy brings a unique perspective to the pursuit of carrying on the work of healing through affirmative prayer.
Born in 1963 in Stockton, California, Jimmy was raised in the Catholic Church and became an altar boy at a young age. Some of Jimmy’s hobbies are writing, making music, and painting. Moreno has five children.
When he was an altar boy, Jimmy thought of becoming a priest. “I had a conversation with a priest that really turned me off about attending church” says Jimmy. “That was pretty much the end of being an altar boy.”
The conversation with the priest was very demeaning to him, so he hung up his altar boy robe and never returned. “I began talking to other people about life’s spiritual journey.” Jimmy said. “I would search for books on Hinduism, Buddhism and whatever I could lay my hands on.”
In the meantime, Jimmy got caught up with alcohol and drugs. Fortunately, circumstances led him into the 12-step recovery program. He found that the program fit right in with his spiritual beliefs and through all this found ongoing sobriety.
That experience led Jimmy back to a Christian church while still studying and looking at other spiritual paths. Jimmy says, “I knew a woman who had met a Native American medicine man and her life changed in a great way. She arranged for me to meet the medicine man and when I met him I had a feeling of being at home.” (Moreno is descended from the Yaqui tribe) “I started studying the way that he prayed and I felt the most comfortable I had ever felt.”
Then Jimmy met two people, Albert and Marlene Abdulky. Albert was a former Unity minister. He had set up a spiritual center in Stockton named The Truth Center. He had been a Unity minister in Kansas City and San Antonio. The couple had spent a number of years working in Silent Unity.
Jimmy says, “From him I learned about the Fillmore’s, Eric Butterworth, and Emily Cady. A whole host of people who are Unity related. Albert was a mentor to me and I could ask him questions about life. We became very good friends.” Eventually, Jimmy was allowed to give Sunday talks. In time Albert and his wife retired and The Truth Center was disbanded. Jimmy attended Unity of Stockton but didn’t find the type of Truth messages he was accustomed to and left. “A couple of years later, a friend called me up and suggested that I come back to the church,” said Jimmy. “I did and the messages were great. I became a member, and later served on the board. I liked the work of the church and the people there.”
At that point he decided to take SEE classes at Unity Village. While there, Jimmy met Rev. Marchiene Rienstra, who was leading a group of people from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was invited to come to Unity of Grand Rapids and lead a workshop.
It was on this trip that Jimmy met Katy Chapman. They began sharing the study of the Daily Word with each other. Jimmy made a decision to move to Grand Rapids and as he says, “Here I am!”
In asking Jimmy how the Unity teachings have affected his life, he said, “All of the things I’ve learned from the great religions of the world all exist in harmony with Unity teachings.”
Bio Written by Dick Lee