Affectionately called "The Rev" by her spiritual community, Wendy has been a force in the effort toward global change for more than 30 years.
A graduate of the Unity School of Christianity, Wendy was ordained as a Unity minister in 1980. Just a few years later, she founded The Unity Center, a 1000-member spiritual community located in San Diego, California where she currently serves as CEO and Senior Minister.
In 1999 she was given the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, in 2000 she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Preachers Hall of Fame at Morehouse College and in 2014 she was presented with the Light of God Expressing Award, a life-time achievement award for her dedicated work in the Unity movement.
Among the first members of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), Wendy now holds the office of Vice President. She participated in all three AGNT-sponsored “Synthesis Dialogues,” which brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India. Additionally, her work with AGNT took her to Istanbul, Turkey as part of the planning for the Abraham Path Initiative.
Ever since hearing the Dalai Lama say that a powerful way to make a difference in the world is to "travel and make friends," Wendy has made travel an important part of both her personal and professional life. She and her family have traveled throughout Europe, Africa and Central and South America.
In 2010 she was inspired to create Travel With A Purpose, a unique hands-on and hands-up travel experience combining adventure, culture and sacred service. She has led groups to Peru several times over the last few years to assist with the building of greenhouses that change the economic conditions of Peruvians living in the poverty-stricken hills surrounding Cusco. She has also funded micro-finance loans in Guatemala and assisted in the development and distribution of fair trade products from around the world.
With a strong interest in spiritually motivated social action, Wendy and The Unity Center community were instrumental in the formation of the San Diego Department of Peace. It has since become Americans for the Department of Peace (AFDOP) and now encompasses all of Southern California. The Unity Center continues to provide ongoing support.
Wendy has been married for nearly 27 years to John Purcell. They have two grown children, Johnathon who is a Fraud Analyst for Indiegogo and Jennifer, a student at U.C. Berkeley. A very close family, the four Purcells hiked all 26 miles of the Inca Trail in Peru over four days to get to Machu Picchu, known as the "Lost City of the Incas."