Rev. Ivery De La Cruz, Prayer Chaplain and Spiritual Mentor
Reverend Ivery L. De La Cruz, an ordained Unity Minister grew up in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as an RN in Fort Worth, TX while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After receiving a Master of Divinity she completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education in Houston, TX.
She was a chaplain in U.S. Army, travelling the world providing ministry and pastoral care. She and her husband, Roel, retired to the Rio Grande Valley in 2010 after 25 years of military service. Their two grown daughters live in Delaware and Georgia.
While serving a successful career in the Army and training as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Rev. Ivery found her spiritual home and calling in metaphysics and was ordained as a Unity Minister in 2007 while on active duty.
Reverend Ivery’s greatest joy is empowering each person to live the Christ Principles so that their Christ Light shines brighter and brighter.
Michael J. Scales, a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT) was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, a Master's in Linguistics with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and a Master's in Communication.
He moved to the Rio Grande Valley in January of 1984 to teach English as a Second Language at Pan American University's English Language Institute. From 1988 until 1993, he was an ESL teacher in the McAllen Independent School District.
Michael was Spiritual Leader of Unity Church of the Valley in Pharr from 1993 until 1996. During that time he attended classes at Unity Village to become a Licensed Unity Teacher.
He taught Developmental English at South Texas College for eleven years and after completing his Master's in Communications he transferred from the Developmental English Department to the Communication Arts Departmentand holds the title of Assistant Professor of Speech.