Meet Us

Our Story

“I think you can learn to be brave and to trust. Sometimes it takes a while. Spiritual Soul Center didn’t just happen. I had to stay awake and be open to where life was guiding me to be. Over the last few years I practiced following the direction I was receiving from within and trusting that something bigger than me was happening. I seemed to wander…but now realize that the wandering was part of getting to right where I am now. The Spiritual Soul Center was born by letting go and following the urge to be all I came here to be. It was born because the people I invited to participate and get it off the ground brought an energy to it that would not be stopped. I am dedicated to growing this movement because I know we can make a difference, a real and positive difference…together. Grow, Serve, Transform. Here we go!”

Rev. Paula Zabkar, Spiritual Leader

Paula is a passionate teacher and inspiring speaker who walks her talk. She believes in using ancient and contemporary wisdom as a guide to living spiritually in present life circumstances. Her highest prayer is to inspire you to live an extraordinary life!

She was previously the Spiritual Leader at Unity Spiritual Life Center in Durham, NC and Interim Spiritual Leader at Unity of Wilmington in Wilmington, NC.

Paula has a Bachelor’s Degree in Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics, is a Licensed Unity Teacher and Life Coach.

Kay Christiana, Director of Music

Kay has been studying classical piano since 2001, and graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on Piano. She has been teaching music since 2001 as well as performing with local groups primarily on piano and oboe.

While her college concentration was classical music, she also has a special love for studying and performing world music, and spent two years touring with a world music group on keyboards. Kay’s belief is that there is a spiritual experience to be shared within music of all cultures and origins, and she looks forward to sharing it with you.

Board of Directors

Rev Paula Zabkar, President

I am excited to introduce our board.  Spiritual Soul Center is fortunate to have this dedicated group of people to help plant the seed of this new community and support it as it grows and changes into all it can be. I am grateful for their commitment and the unique gifts each brings to this important work.

Jaclyn Simoneau, Vice President

The opportunity to serve on the founding board came with an incredible sense of purpose. Paula has supported me as a coach, friend, and spiritual mentor, and having the ability to help support her vision and the growth of the center makes absolute sense.  I go into the future with an open heart and much excitement as I know what the Spiritual Soul Center movement will mean for so many people.

Fran Lucas, Secretary

Spiritual Soul Center’s mission – to create a movement grounded in love and kindness – resonates deeply for me. I am especially interested in working together through outreach programs to make our community and our world a better place. This feels like a perfect way to use my time and energy in retirement. I am very pleased to serve on this board.

Jim Kimbrough, Treasurer

I’ve known Paula for almost five years, listening to her positive approaches to life’s practical problems.  When I heard of her wonderful idea to start SSC in Wilmington, I wanted to assist as best as I could.  Working with her on this concept has been spiritually rewarding to me.

Maggie Roedema, Member

In Paula Zabkar, I found a teacher who really speaks to me. It is a great privilege to have an opportunity to support her vision and to work with others to help facilitate this new community and keep it strong.  I remind myself all the time how important it is to do this well, to do this work with love and kindness and trust and joy.  This is exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing.


Tyler McKaig

Carrying a strong soulful and jazzy tone, Tyler is a natural vocalist who accompanies herself on an acoustic guitar.

The Carolina coast native performs songs that she finds connection with, including her original music and songs from artists like Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse and Sam Cooke.

Justin Heter

Justin Heter is a local Wilmington NC musician specializing in drums and percussion with over twenty years of experience performing in front of live audiences, recording albums and touring with a diverse catalog of musicians and groups playing various styles of music.  He studied jazz performance at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and toured with several regional and national acts. He teaches drumming and specializes in working with kids with special needs.  He currently plays with The Dubtown Cosmonauts, E.S.P., and Tyler McKaig Duo.

Willow Rea

Willow grew up in a musical family of five on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Rea’s motivated their children to play music but strongly encouraged artistic freedom. Willow is a singer/songwriter and enjoys playing banjo, guitar, and saxophone.  She performs in the Outer Banks with a two piece band called Willowbreeze and in Wilmington as a solo artist. Her music ranges from folk and bluegrass to jazz, blues, and sometimes even rock n roll. She is currently studying studio art at UNCW and plans to continue her dream of writing and performing music.

Youth Ed Teachers

Our teachers are joyful, creative and dedicated. Our curriculum encourages children to explore, imagine and create. More information.

Holly Kenney, Youth Ed Director

Holly absolutely loves teaching children how wonderful they are and that they are deeply loved… a goodness and a Godness. She has been a teacher and life coach for many years. She has 3 grown children and a sweet husband who shares her love for teaching.

Sarah Kenney

Sarah is our nursery caregiver. She has been working with children in some way since she was in the 4th grade. She started as a mother’s helper and worked as a summer camp counselor for many summers. She has lived in Wilmington most of her life. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to playing in the nursery with your children!

Janice Jenks

Janice Jenks is a mother, grandmother, and a nurse by trade. She absolutely adores the spirit of a child, the wide open imagination, the brain gymnastics they go through to figure out the world, and how beautifully they respond to love. She is happy to be a part of this program and Spiritual Soul Center.

Bruce Kenney

Julie Young

Julie Young, a third generation Wilmingtonian and native to Myrtle Grove Sound, is a mother of one extremely energetic 5-year-old, Atticus, and two rescue kitties. While Julie is a stay-at-home parent, she is an extremely active board member for Parents Community Preschool and currently serves as Treasurer. She enjoys motherhood and is passionate about creating a creative, gentle, educational and spiritual environment for her own child along with his many friends at the Spiritual Soul Center.

Kathy Sinclair

Kathy Sinclair is a retired teacher/librarian who now enjoys volunteering in both classroom and library at her grandchildren’s elementary school.  Being with young children is one of the most satisfying parts of her life, not only for the education factor but for so many opportunities to be love.  She practices yoga to help her remain centered.