Legendary SOM celebrity, EDWENE GAINES, will be speaking at our Center on Saturay, September 13. For more information, Click here
To view past live video recordings of Rev. Bonnie's Sunday talks, Click here
The Board of Trustees is committed to serving the highest good of our spiritual community.
Current Board Membership
Reverend Bonnie Rose, Senior Minister
Lonnie Cassidy, RScP - Board President
Judy Rodgers, RScP - Vice President, Membership
Jennifer Gadberry-Hadrys, RScP - Secretary, Ourtreach
Diane Ruiz, RScP, Treasurer
Peter Frank, RScP, Board Member at Large
Greg Luce, RScP - Facilities
Camilla Johnson, CPA - Accountant
Rev. Bonnie is the Senior Minister of the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. She was born in New York, graduated from Duke University with a degree in Nursing, and then received a degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Vocal Performance.
Rev. Bonnie worked in New York for several years as a Nurse, Opera Singer, and Actress. In 1992-93, she performed in the National Tour of a Broadway Show and then decided to move to Southern California. She attended the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, became a practitioner there, and then received a Master of Divinity from Holmes Institute.
Rev. Bonnie served as a staff minister at NHCRS for two years, prior to being led to Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. A gifted speaker and visionary, Rev. Bonnie offers dynamic leadership to transform lives and helps make the world a better place. Rev. Bonnie is dedicated to calling forth the best in all beings and working together to create a culture of kindness. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living is a journey church, where participants engage in an ongoing discovery of how to live fully and abundantly in the Infinite.
Diane grew up in Santa Monica and moved to the San Fernando Valley where she raised her family. In 1989 she moved to San Diego where she studied the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes. After many years of study she decided to become a Practitioner and was originally licensed in 2008 at the Oceanside Center for Spiritual Living. In 2010 Diane wanted to be closer to her children, but after years of coastal living decided Ventura County was as close as she would get to the San Fernando Valley. She was delighted to discover the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living and knew that it was the perfect spiritual center for her. Reaching out to those in need of spiritual support is Diane's way of living the principles of Science of Mind. Diane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Lotts RScP has lived in Ojai, California, for twenty years. She is married to a wonderful man and has three beautiful children. Carol has been on a lifelong quest for spiritual understanding. She walked through the doors of the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living in 1995, and it has been her Spiritual home ever since. Carol became a licensed Practitioner in 1999. Service through prayer, meditation, teaching and Spiritual Counseling has been one of the greatest gifts of her life.
Carol had been the Director of Youth and Family for five years. It is pure joy to support and witness the wisdom and creativity of our youngest members.
Carol considers herself to be a student of life, and is committed to continuing her education. She is definitely on her way to The School of Ministry. It is amazing to think about how life changing this work has been. She is deeply committed in her work to heal, inspire, teach, and empower. It is through service and love that we can â€œlift upâ€ into a higher experience, one new thought at a time.
Judy Rodgers was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Ventura County in 1980. Judy came to SOM in 2001 and found her sanctuary. She became a licensed Practitioner in July, 2007. Judy enjoys teaching SOM classes and participating in activities at the Spiritual Center. She can be found most every Sunday morning giving the announcements at the Sunday service. Judy loves to act and has enjoyed being a part of the various plays and theater productions the Church has produced over the years She is the #1 Fan of the Mystics, our Centers softball team. Judy enjoyed a long career in the communications industry first with Pacific Telephone and then with GTE/Verizon. She is currently lending her talents to the County of Ventura in the GSA Business Support Department. Judy is single and lives in Ventura with her beloved dog, Alice.
Judy can be contacted at Judylish@yahoo.com.
Linda's favorite way to experience the awareness of spirit is while spending time in nature. She grew up in the ecologically diverse mountains of rural southwest Virginia, where she started her study of life and biology as a child. During her spiritual journey, seeing the divine expression in her ongoing study of life has manifested into that feeling of connection with all life. Linda is blessed to work professionally as an ecologist and spend part of the year on the Channel Islands studying birds.
After many years of searching, Linda found her spiritual home at the Ventura Spiritual Living Center in 1996 and has been a licensed practitioner through the United Centers of Spiritual Living since 2001. She very much enjoys serving the Ventura church as practitioner to the church board, through ministry of prayer, holding consciousness and providing support for classes. Linda believes that spiritual counseling, practice and learning is very important to support the growing faith that assists people in loving and accepting themselves as their true, wonderful expression of Spirit. She strives to do ongoing spiritual practice to continue to grow to support the world she touches and to be the life and kindness she wants to see in the world. Linda thrives on learning and enjoys taking spiritual growth classes both at VCSL and through the School of Ministry. The Science of Mind philosophy and this spiritual community truly is one of the greatest gifts of her life and continues to support and change her life.
Linda lives in Ventura with her two awesome cat teachers. Contact Linda at email@example.com
Lonnie Cassidy was elected as Board President in 2011. She is licensed as a Practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living and is currently serving at Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. A native Californian, Lonnie has been fortunate to have lived in a variety of communities throughout the state before settling in beautiful Ventura. Lonnie has embraced her discovery of New Thought and loves serving her spiritual community. Lonnie is especially inspired by volunteering in the children's and teenâ€™s ministry at VCSL. She also loves participating in fundraising events for the restoration and beautification of VCSLâ€™s historic center. Lonnie is excited to pray with community members and to discover the wonder and love of life together.
Jennifer Gadberry-Hadrys discovered Science of Mind at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. She currently co-chairs the Gourmets for God with her husband Bill, and enjoys TA-ing classes at the Center. Her non-center life revolves around her husband, three sons and a career as a Patent Agent. She is a Cub Scout Den Leader and helps with her sons' soccer teams and school Book Fair. Any extra free time is spent with friends enjoying Ventura , baking or reading brain-candy novels. She is pleased to find a community that is so loving and supporting to all of its members.