Sunday Services
9:30am Meditation
10:00am Inspiration
14 Hillary Lane, Chico, CA 95973

Our Ministers

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. Michael

Purpose:  I  am  here  to  serve  humanity  as  a  joy-­filled  voice  of  love  and  compassion,  to  embrace  the  spontaneous  nature  of  Spirit,  thereby  celebrating  the  abundant  life.
Vision:  To  live  in  the  Wholeness  and  Joy  of the Beloved.

Rev. Kathy Fernandes – Co Spiritual Director


Purpose:  To  inspire  and  empower  the spiritual  community to  discover True Inner Greatness and  Wisdom through  Divine  Connection  to  Source.
Vision:  With  Love,  Energy,  Creativity, and Compassion,  I  lead,  inspire  and  empower  others  to know their  True  Inner  Greatness and  Wisdom through  Divine  Connection to Source  so  that  we may  all, in  unity, shine  our light  in  the  world.

Rev. Lisa Carson – Assistant Minister

Contact Info: 916-872-7922 or

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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. RevLisa 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.

She settled down in Roseville where she married and had a son, Christopher Carson. Teaching part time, she attended ministerial training in the Sacramento area and became a licensed minister in 2004. She spoke at various churches in
N. Calif. and held spiritual “playshops”  on Wednesday evenings.
After her son graduated from college, she went on to fulfill a life long dream of traveling around the world in one progressive journey. Lisa sold or gave away most of her belongings and rented out her house to make money for the trip. She then visited over a dozen countries, staying with families as well as  living in little guest houses along the way. She spoke to schools and connected with people from all walks of life. Her 7 month journey led her through many adventures and challenging experiences.
Returning briefly to California, she then accepted a job in the country of Qatar, teaching middle school to Qatari Nationals. Returning at the end of April 2015, she longed to come home to her roots of Chico. Accepting the position of Assistant Minister at the Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, Lisa is now in her “happy place” and looks forward to offering a variety of workshops both out in nature and at the Center.


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.”


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