Our spiritual leadership is here to serve you on your journey of awakening. Please feel free to contact us,530-895-8395, we look forward to serving you.
Rev. Michael Benson – Co Spiritual Director
Rev. Lisa Carson – Assistant Minister
Contact Info: 916-872-7922 or http://www.reverendlisacarson.com
Lisa Carson, (formerly Parker), was raised in Chico from the age of five on up through her teen years. She started attending her first Religious Science classes at 14 when she moved to Paradise. She attended as many youth group camps as she could throughout high school and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rev. Lisa moved to Paradise for high school, she came back to attend Chico State in the early 80’s. Graduating with a B.A. and teaching credential in Social Science and a supplementary credential in Drama, she joined the Peace Corps shortly after college.
Rev. Dr. Carolyn McKeown – Founding Minister
Rev. Dr. Carolyn McKeown is our Founding Minister. She retired in 2008 as Pastor. She is active in our community and a frequent speaker at our Center.
Rev. Teri Lerch – Staff Minister
Teri first came to the church in 1994 and began classes because the teaching so resonated with her. She took SOM 1, 2, and 3 in a row and then waited a year before becoming a practitioner. She did not feel ready for this role, so she became a practitioner at the same time that she entered SOM 4 (ministerial training).
Teri’s ministry is with our teens, with whom she has worked with for many years. Teri completed Chaplain training at UC Davis, which was a 2080 hour process and is now employed as a chaplain at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff. She is on the ministers call list and a hospice chaplain for Enloe Hospital. Both of these are volunteer positions. She also volunteers as a police chaplain for Chico’s police department.
Rev. Teri says, “I have changed my life considerably since first coming to the church. Much of the teaching is what I had intuitively believed, but it has given that belief words. I find I am closer to my beliefs and have a Spiritual Practice. I feel empowered in my life. I know that I can do and achieve anything I put my mind to. Life is a blessing and it keeps giving love, lessons, and gifts. It is just waiting for us to happen.”