Welcome to Unity. We are a new congregation formed from the merger of two congregations in Wilmington, Delaware: Spirit of Life and Zion. We are intentionally multicultural, intergenerational, and dedicated to developing disciples for Christ. This includes a commitment to growing in faith, hope, and love ourselves.

Spirit of Life, founded in 2000, was the only predominately African American Lutheran congregation in Delaware. Zion was the first German-speaking Lutheran church in Delaware (founded in 1848). Both congregations share a history of temporary dwellings and relocations over the course of their ministries.

Unity is located at 2101 Lancaster Avenue, the place that Zion rebulit after being displaced from 6th and Jackson Streets by the construction of Interstate 95 in 1957. The congregation chose to remain in the city rather than moving to the suburbs, and the construction on Lancaster Avenue was completed in 1962. Members of both congregations are learning to be the church for the current era in an increasingly diverse neighborhood.

We’re fairly new, and so is our website. Stay tuned for additional information about our congregation, as well as our ministry plans for services and programming to support the communities of New Castle County, Delaware.


Pastor Clarence Pettit

Rev. Clarence Pettit, known affectionaly as Pastor Pettit, has been in ministry a long time (approximately 47 years). He has served the ELCA in Seattle, Washington and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pr....

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Pastor Melissa Lemons

Pastor Melissa came to ministry as a second career. She continues to teach psychology when she can and sees counseling clients as a ministry of Unity. Pastor Melissa is known...

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