General Session Speakers
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Evening General Session
REV. DR. KENN GORDON
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon is currently the Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living internationally.
In 1993 he founded the Centre for Spiritual Living, in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Kenn has been involved in leadership in the Centers for Spiritual Living and Religious Science since 1999. He has held most leadership positions on the International Centers Board of Directors including five years as President.
He currently is seated on several councils and boards, including the Leadership Council of Centres for Spiritual Living, The Science of Mind Archives, SOMark Inc. and The Science of Mind Foundation. He is an active participant in the leadership of The Associated Global New Thought.
Dr. Kenn is a monthly contributor to Science of Mind magazine and previously was also a monthly contributor to Creative Thought magazine. He is the author of the book, Mind and Manifestation.
He is well known for his extraordinary vision and leadership. He is a catalyst for evolution and change in every area of human development.
Rev. Dr. David Ault
For over 30 years David Ault has been a prophetic voice in the human potential movement as an unwavering crusader for mindfulness, global literacy and social justice. Whether through teaching, evolutionary coaching and keynote presentations, David’s singular intention has always been in bridging our collective forgetfulness into our great collective reawakening. As an award winning author, leadership coach, and global education advocate, he loves leading through example and abides by the motto that people would rather ‘see a lesson than hear one’.
Currently, David actively tours and coaches associations, business leaders and individuals on the paramount importance of value based living and the uncovering of individual and collective hidden themes that hinder optimal living and performance. In Atlanta, he serves as dean to a council of multi-generational, multi-faith leaders who assist others in dissolving systemic issues of unworthiness, bias and racism and builds new mental equivalents of equality, character, ethics, spirituality and wellness.
David is the founder of Kaleidoscope Child Foundation, whose mission is to advance vulnerable children and communities worldwide with sustainable education, life skills and fresh water. Beginning more than 14 years ago, Kaleidoscope now operates schools in Siem Reap Cambodia, Bodhgaya and Lakhanpur India and partners with literacy programs throughout Guatemala serving more than 800 children annually.
An adventurer at heart, David has hiked the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, trekked across the entire country of Spain on the ancient pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago and summited Kilimanjaro in Africa. He regularly takes groups on sacred site journeys, service trips and continuously marvels at the wisdom gained through cultural immersion.
As a respected teacher, writer and columnist, David is the author of the bestseller, Where Regret Cannot Find Me and the multi-award winning, The Grass Is Greener Right Here.
David resides in Atlanta, GA.
Jeffon Seely is a transformational speaker and workshop facilitator. Jeffon is a recognized leading resource in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, Generations, Mindfulness, and Leadership. He has assisted major corporations, non-profit organizations, and government and academic institutions with innovative strategies to integrate mindfulness, consciousness and the evolving generations into management and leadership roles. Named as one of the emerging spiritual leaders in our world by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jeffon is committed to shining a light of hope, peace, and power into every environment he enters.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Morning General Session
Rev. Dr. Pat Campbell
Dr. Pat Campbell has been the senior minister/spiritual director of the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living for five years. Prior to that, she served as senior minister for the Center for Spiritual Living, Temecula Valley for almost 15 years. Dr. Pat is known for her humor, story-telling, and ability to teach Principle in an easy-to-understand manner. Believing the Gandhi quote, “My life is my message,” Pat often uses her own personal life experiences as metaphors for truth.
She lives in Calgary with her two cats, George and Lucy, and her French bulldog, Annie.
Rev. Dr. Bob Luckin
Bob was born in Farmington, Maine. Shortly after birth his parents discovered he was dyslexic (which is why they named him Bob). Six months later they took him deep into the woods and left him. Were it not for a family of compassionate wolves he would have frozen to death. Maine is a very cold place best known for snow and potatoes. This might be the perfect place to add that most folks born and raised in Maine believe they were raised by wolves. Irving and Stella, his adopted wolf parents, taught him most of the survival skills he values and uses today. Because Irving had formerly lived in Berkley, California, he valued creativity, music, standup comics, and fine art. He owes his adult success in life to growing up in a rich primitive forest filled with these things.
At sixteen Bob left the academic life of the ninth grade to pursue full-time employment in a factory to help support his family of nine. This did not go especially well for him or for his employer. Bob gave up his fun, blue collar factory life for a career in mental health. He confesses that working as an attendant in a state hospital was not the dream he had been nourishing. Because Bob was a highly motivated 20-year-old, he earned his GED, joined the Army Reserve, began drawing pictures, and joined the academic ranks of a community college. Six years later he completed his military commitment and graduated from Empire State college with a BA in Psychology.
Not being a person who likes to rest on his laurels, Bob has since become a paid published writer, a recognized artist and print maker, a graphologist, an ordained minister, a life coach, and a sit-down comedian.
Bob is currently the Co-Senior Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living of the Palm Beaches. He has three children’s books in the publication process and an adult book written from the point of view of a dog named Murphy. Bob suspects this is the book that will become his best seller.
Rev. Judy-Ann Davis Young
Judy-Ann Davis Young is a native Alaskan. After spending over 23 years working for BP oil on the trans-Alaska pipeline, where she was a poster child for women in non-traditional roles. Young hung up her hardhat and steel-toe boots and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband Eddie Young. Rev. Judy-Ann has a BA degree in Human Resources & Education from Alaska Pacific University and a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute.
Young, is a Renaissance woman who has hiked through the rain forest in Ghana, West Africa; walked on the Great Wall of China; gazed upon the vastness of the Grand Canyon and ridden her motorcycle across 32 states to raise money for breast cancer research. All of her personal experiences support her life purpose of inspiring and coaching others to awaken to their inherent knowledge and to align with their own unique unlimited potential. Rev. Judy-Ann is an assistant minister at CSL Southern Nevada, where she oversees the Practitioner Core & teaches classes; she is chaplain to several motorcycle organizations and a mediator at the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center.
When Young isn’t spending time with her husband and children, she is pursuing her interest in public speaking, storytelling, quilting and riding Liberace (her motorcycle). Young’s motto is:
‘I am the One, No one came here to be Me’
Evening General Session
Rev. Marquita Pierre
Marquita Pierre-McAlister was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of 22, she moved to Alaska with her husband and young son. With a Louisiana and Southern California background, she had never experienced a climate that included snow, cold, darkness, bears and other wild animals. Nor was she expecting to become skilled in cabin construction and tractor operations. People to this day ask, “Why did you move to Alaska?” Her cryptic answer is, “Young, in love, adventurous and stupid!”
After more than 15 years of public service, in 2006, she became the Senior Minister of her “home church” in Anchorage. Under her direction Center attendance more than doubled, licensed spiritual leadership group tripled to 23 practitioners, the Center’s outreach programs expanded and established a satellite Center in a remote Alaskan community.
Rev. Marquita is a graduate of the Holmes Institute, past co-chair of a CSL national convention, past speaker of Asilomar and the National Convention in 2010. In the summer of 2012, she left Anchorage for the desert of Nevada. In 2014, she established the new Center for Spiritual Living Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. Recently, she helped established the current initiative, Kente Cloth: Minister’s of African Decent.
She continues to serve as a motivational speaker, a workshop and retreat facilitator, a life coach, a spiritual growth consultant and an inspirational singer.
Rev. John Scott
Rev. John Scott was introduced to the Science of Mind teaching in 1981 when a good friend invited him to a service at the then Temple of Light Church of Religious Science in Kingston Jamaica. He was first licensed as a Practitioner in 1998 and ordained as a Minister on July 1, 2006 - a date which coincided with the church’s Twenty Fifth Anniversary Celebrations.
Rev. Scott holds a Master’s degree in the Applied Behavioural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and prior to becoming a minister he was a Management and Human Resource Consultant. Previously he held executive positions with Air Jamaica the then, national airline of Jamaica.
He is known affectionately as John the Beloved, by his congregants at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living where he is Pastor. For recreation, he gardens, designs and executes needlepoint tapestries and studies voice.
John’s personal motto, taken from The Science of Mind Declaration of Principles is “Any man may become a revealer of Truth, who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.”
Rev. Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones
Throughout his lifetime, Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when one fully awakens to who they are and why they are on the planet, they begin to naturally share their gift with humankind and, in the process, create an enriching life for themselves and the world around them.
Dr. Dennis is the former spiritual leader of the Simi Valley Center for Spiritual Living which he founded in 1985. After twenty-three years he retired from the pulpit and began another leg of his career as an author, keynote speaker and mentor. Since 2008 Dennis has written and released the following books: The Art of Abundance - Ten Rules for a Prosperous Life (To be released in July, 2018), The Art of Being - 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in your Life, The Art of Uncertainty - How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It, Your ReDefining Moments - Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, Encouraging Words - Articles and Essays That Prove Who You Are Matters, and How to Speak Science of Mind.
In addition to his books, Dennis is a columnist for the Huffington Post and Science of Mind magazine. Dennis believes we each have the capacity and, ultimately, the responsibility to contribute something positive to this world, leaving it a better place than it was when we arrived. His teachings promote a contemporary, life-affirming, spiritually logical and positive outlook on life, which is reflected in his writings.
Dennis is a speaker who is equally comfortable speaking to an audience seeking spiritual inspiration or to those seeking a purely secular motivational message. He uses his understanding of universal principles to draw upon wisdom from both eastern and western philosophies. Dennis believes that there is a deeper consciousness of unity, cooperation, and reverence rising in humankind where the value of all life, regardless of ethnicity, geography, culture or sexual orientation, is considered sacred. He believes this consciousness of unity, cooperation and reverence for life and the planet will be one of the most significant influences upon society as we approach the challenges of 21st- century living.
For more information, please contact info@DennisMerrittJones.com.
Brad Wethern, RScP as Ernest Holmes
Brad Wethern, RScP, has been a Practitioner for 13 years at the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living in Claremont California. He has served on the board of trustees as president for 2 years. He has a degree in Dramatic Arts from Cal Berkeley. In addition to studies and Practitioner work, he has portrayed Dr. Ernest Holmes at the Asilomar conference several times to outstanding reviews. Earliest was in 2006 and 3 others since then. There is a feature article about him and his performance in the 80th Anniversary edition of Science of Mind Magazine, October, 2007. He has also appeared as Dr. Holmes at the Practitioner's Conventions in Santa Fe New Mexico and Vallejo California, and many churches and centers around the country. In daily life, he is a fiction writer and real estate agent.
Our workshops will be offered on Friday & Saturday of the retreat. You will have the opportunity to attend all of the workshops we are offering!
Rev. Linda Finley
Linda Finley has been a practicing Minister of Religious Science since 1999. She has been the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Living in Eugene since 2006. Linda has spent years studying the work of Parker Palmer through the Center for Courage and Renewal, and has attended numerous conferences using the skills involved in the “Circle of Trust” process. This is the core of what this workshop is about. She is also known as a gifted speaker and teacher.
Rev. Bonnie Rose
Rev. Bonnie Rose is the Senior Minister of the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, a Center of Love where we aspire to be love, share love, and serve love. As a former nurse, opera singer, actress, and corporate trainer, she brings life experience coupled with wit, wisdom, paradox, and grace to her work. She lives in Ventura County with her husband and a large menagerie. She is the author of a successful blog: www.dailybeloved.org.
Rev. Gil Olmstead & Robyn Rice Olmstead, RScP, ALSP
Both Gil and Robyn share a lifelong passion and commitment to see the world in ever expanding circles of understanding. They have studied and served extensively within the New Thought Movement and beyond. They have lent their talents to children, youth, and adults, through local ministries, classes, and workshops. They have lead programs, events and workshops at Asilomar, Agape’s Revelation, and individual centers nationally. When playing with others, they are committed to creating the space where insights, joy, and passion reveal themselves and each participant can embrace their perfect learning while living into their Infinite Potential.