Dr. Bob Deen, President, comes to Centers for Spiritual Living Midtown from Golden Colorado where for the past four years he has been the Professional Education Manager for Centers for Spiritual Living and President of Holmes Institute. A Religious Science minister since 1995, Dr. Bob received his ministerial training from Dr. Kennedy Shultz here in Atlanta.
He has served Centers in Florida and California prior to ten years as Senior Minister for the Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living in Paoli, PA. Dr. Bob holds several degrees: a Bachelors in Education, Masters in Church Music, Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Divinity Degree. He brings a rich background in ministry having been first licensed as a Baptist Minister at age 19.
His interests cover a range of spiritual traditions and philosophical systems of thought. Sometimes referred to as a weaver of spiritual traditions, Dr. Bob understands the Science of Mind teaching of Dr. Ernest Holmes as the lens through which all others can be understood. He brings a deep belief in principle as presented by the Science of Mind, along with wisdom, humor, and love to this ministry.
A New Year’s baby with a Catholic up-bringing in southwest Louisiana, Doug Moody, RScP, Music and Sunday Celebration Lead, moved to Atlanta after graduating from LSU in 1985. He soon discovered Religious Science in January 1986 under the ministry of Rev. Kennedy Shultz at the Woodruff Arts Center. Following a Master of Science Degree in Commercial Real Estate Finance and a 1988 job transfer to Washington, DC, Doug relocated back to Atlanta in 1995 and eagerly returned to Dr. Shultz’s services and classes.
He began and completed the CSL course work all the way up to Practitioner level. Doug headed “the call” to Practitioner Classes and service in 2013 and completed his Practitioner studies via The Holmes Institute. Doug is grateful for the opportunity of studying, learning, and interacting with fellow Practitioners from Religious Science communities from across the USA and Canada in its weekly on-line class format. His Practitioner studies were capped by a retreat and graduation in California under the mentorship of Dr. Reverend Christina Tillotson in June 2015 where he met and instantly resonated with Dr. Reverend Bob Deen. Doug has served as a licensed Religious Science Practitioner with CSL Midtown since.
Doug’s most admired inspiration is Mother Nature and often feels most “at home” out in the wilderness – camping, hiking, skiing, paddling, snorkeling, writing, or meditating. Doug is an Eagle Scout, a pianist and composer, a genealogist, a foodie and cook, an avid gardener, and has worked in his Commercial Real Estate consulting practice (SITUS Properties, LLC) for the past thirteen years as a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. Doug is blessed with a most wonderful and supportive family, his beloved partner of over 22 years, community member Gregg Pavlak, and their English Labrador Retriever. He treasures CSL Midtown – its staff, Ministers, fellow Practitioners, volunteers, and each of its members with love, support, and heartfelt joy in re-discovering and bringing forth the Spiritual Magnificence of every soul.
Norma Roberts, currently also a CSL Midtown Practitioner: My intention as a board member is to discover how this board functions in providing for the continuous full expression of unlimited spiritual and physical growth of this Center. It is my hope to be of assistance in this experience. My background:
- Born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Graduated from the University of South Florida with a Masters in Mathematics Education.
- Worked in Pinellas County School System for more than 60 years: (as a school food service manager, 30 years as a middle school teacher, and 21 years as ABE/GED teacher).
- In early 1968 began taking Science of Mind classes after weekly gatherings, for discussion, with friends and experiencing life changes and greater prosperity.
- Became a licensed Practitioner for the Church of Religious Science in approximately 1997.
Lynne Tompkins Brice, Secretary & Social Media and Membership Development Team, …. My husband Rick, and I came across an article about The Center for Religious Science in a Saturday edition of the AJC in 2004. We’d been alternating between attending Presbyterian services and camping out on the sofa on Sunday mornings for several years. Reverend Paul Gonyea was in his early years at the podium at the services held at Woodruff Arts Center. We have missed very few Sundays since then.
A few years later I sold my specialty food business and found myself with time on my hands and days without purpose. Things that I had learned on Sunday mornings began to make practical sense. I was, indeed, in charge of my days, in fact, my years. So I dusted off my bachelor of fine arts degree and started taking art classes again. And I told myself I could do this. Because all thought is creative, right?
Today I have more knowledge and confidence in the gift I inherited from my Mom and a steady flow of commissions keeps me in art supplies and travel. It’s my new personal experience and thanks to this teaching, I give it to myself every day. CSL Midtown is my spiritual home. I look forward to coming each week to spend time with friends and get a new wrinkle or two in my brain. I’m hoping to be able to be an integral part of building a strong community of members on purpose here.
Vance Blew, Treasurer and Financial Development, was a founding board member of the Center for Spiritual Living Midtown Atlanta and served on the board for three years. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Northpoint Church of Religious Science in Alpharetta, GA and on the board of the First Church of Religious Science in San Jose, CA.
Vance is a Sr Loan office with SWBC Mortgage and has been with them since 2010 and started in the Mortgage industry in 2004. Prior to that he spent 20 years working in Information Technology for a few firms in Illinois where he grew up, and then in the Bay Area in California. He moved to GA in 1998, he is married to Rev. Dr. John Karn, lives in Duluth GA, has 4 dogs and 16 birds, and loves to eat great Vegan food and travel.
Chip Henneman: “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney
This quote from Walt Disney sums up that way I have lived my life. I have always been curious about the world around me and the world within me. I was raised Catholic but there was always something missing for me. I came across Unity several years ago and while listening to one of the programs on Unity Radio, the guest was Rev. Dr. John Waterhouse (CSL Asheville), and he was being interviewed about his book, “Five Steps to Freedom: An Introduction to Spiritual Mind Treatment”, I immediately got the book and found that missing piece, writings of Dr. Ernest Holmes.
I was born and raised in Utah and still call it home. I love being out in nature, or just watching nature outside my window. I am a World War II historian with an extensive collection of memorabilia and items from that period. In 1989 I started the World War II Era Preservation Society, and do educational displays and talks throughout the community, sharing the stories of veterans and individuals who lived during through that time. The ultimate goal is to build a museum so these items and stories can be preserved for future generations. And when not working, being out in nature, or something with the Preservation Society, I can be found at home reading with a couple of my cats curled up on me or next me.
Mya Fuller, RScP, has been a licensed practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living since 2008. An avid traveler, dedicated life-long learner, wife and mother – Mya mostly lives out of the country (in Kuwait!) with her husband, who works there on the US military base. Though she lives between continents, Mya is available to treat with you via email or phone, only a message away at firstname.lastname@example.org.