LEADERS BIOS.. continued


David Alexander ....

... Rev. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Rev. David writes the monthly column “Philosophy in Action” for Science of Mind magazine. In 2009 Rev. David was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. In 2012 Rev. David was elected to the first Leadership Council of Centers for Spiritual Living, where he currently serves as Chair, in addition he serves is Director of Strategic Alliances for the organization. Rev. David serves as the co-founding and Senior Minister of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (2004-Present) in Lake Oswego, OR

Michael Bernard Beckwith ...

... In 2012, Dr. Beckwith addressed the UN General Assembly during its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, he hosts conferences featuring harbingers of world peace including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and had the distinguished honor of presenting to Nelson Mandela the Gandhi King Award.  

Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and seminar leader on the Life Visioning Process™.  Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s SuperSoul Sunday, SuperSoul Sessions, and Help Desk; Dr. Oz; CNN, The Oprah Show; Larry King Live; Tavis Smiley; and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You and is a member of Oprah’s prestigious inaugural SuperSoul 100. Every Friday at 1pm PST, thousands tune into his radio show on KPFK, WAKE UP! The Sound of Transformation. www.agapelive.com www.michaelbernardbeckwith.com

Jim Blake ...

... operations, and product development in the legal, financial, nonprofit, utility, and manufacturing industries.

Jim has a bachelor of arts degree in computer science from Central Methodist University and intends to finish his master of divinity from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.

Wendy Craig-Purcell ...

... leading thinkers to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet in Dharmsala, India in 1999 and in Italy in 2001 and 2004; and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in November 2006 as part of the planning for the Abraham Path Initiative, in partnership with the Harvard Negotiation Project, to open up a pilgrimage route in the Middle East retracing the footsteps of the prophet Abraham. With a strong interest in Spiritually Motivated Social Action, Wendy & The Unity Center were instrumental in the early formation of the San Diego Department of Peace grassroots group in the fall of 2004.  Americans for the Department of Peace (AFDOP), now encompasses all of Southern California with The Unity Center providing ongoing support. In addition, Her service awards include the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. board of Preachers Hall of Fame.

Barbara Fields ...

... the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies facilitated by Purdue University, and was a delegate at the UNESCO Seminar on Religion and Peace in Granada, Spain. She has been Director/Producer of the Awakened World Conference Series 1999-2016, including the Gandhi King Peace Train, AGNT’s Interfaith Forum in Rome/Florence, the Awakened World International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA and Symposium on Engaged Spirituality in San Diego. Awards include: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; Religious Science International’s first Peace Award; The Peace Museum's Community Peacemaker Award in the area of Diplomacy; the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award from Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Contributing author: The Community of Religions; Two Hundred Visionaries; Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power.

David Goldberg ...

... one in Communication and the second in Consciousness Studies. David earned his Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership with a concentration in Creativity, Diversity and Social Justice. His work is the intersection of leadership and spirituality. For more information please visit www.DrDavidSGoldberg.com.

Kenn Gordon ...

... about ageless spiritual principles that have been passed down through millennia and synthesized in the teachings of Science of Mind by its founder, Ernest Holmes.

In 2009, Dr. Gordon spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, along with the Dalai Lama and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. In the same year, his book, Mind & Manifestation, was published. He also contributes regularly to Science of Mind and Creative Thought magazines, both published by Centers for Spiritual Living.

In 2011, Gordon was awarded a Doctorate in Divinity by International Centers for Spiritual Living. This honor has been bestowed on less than a dozen other individuals, one of whom is Louise Hay, known world-wide for her work in New Thought. In 2005, he was named Meritorious Minister of the Year and awarded an honorary Doctorate of Religious Science by Religious Science International.

In 2012, the Centers for Spiritual Living was formed when Religious Science International and United Church of Religious Science integrated. Gordon played a key role in the integration, and was elected as the first Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living.

Temple Hayes ...

...  Temple Hayes is a Difference Maker, Spiritual Leader, Author, International Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian, Life Rights Advocate, Shamanic Practitioner, and President and Founder of life changing non-profit organizations.

Temple Hayes serves as CEO and Spiritual Leader of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders. Temple serves on the leadership team of the Association of Global New Thought. She hosts a weekly radio show for Unity Online Radio called “The Intentional Spirit.”


She is the author of the following books: “The Right to Be You,” “How to Speak Unity,” “When Did You Die?” and the CD motivational series “From Good to Amazing.”

She spent thirteen years as a motivational speaker across the United States and abroad for a variety of clients including Proctor and Gamble, Washington Mutual, State Farm Insurance and Compaq. She is a much sought after and gifted public speaker, who supports causes that touch the human heart, improves people’s lives and raises the consciousness of the world. She was a twice featured speaker at Carnegie Hall in 2019 for suicide prevention and awareness and the #neveralone movement. She is a featured speaker on the Mind Dive App and an acting role as the spiritual leader in the Movie “I am Never Alone” (2020) produced by Michel Pascal and featuring Deepak Chopra, Gabriella Wright and other leading visionaries.


She is passionate about life rights, gay rights, animal rights, and human rights and has created the following movements to both educate and advocate for the voiceless:  Global Peace Workers; Life Rights; The SOFI Project that rescues and rehabilitates dogs and cats; and The Institute for Leadership and Lifelong Learning International (illli.org).


Temple is the recipient of many awards including the following:  Nominated as an all American and elected to the National Softball Hall of Fame (1979); elected to Outstanding Young Women of America (1988); International Who’s Who of American Professionals (1997); National Association of Professional Women (2008); the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (2016); awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters (2019).

Temple herself knows what it feels like to feel disconnected, unloved, addicted, and rejected. She transformed her life from alcohol addiction, embraced her sexuality, and has resurrected herself many times. Her life and teachings are an example for others to live a full and healthy life and to wake up and stop dying every day. She sees daily in her work as a spiritual leader a huge need to help all people, animals,  and most especially young people find acceptance in the world and within themselves.

Donna LaRue Johnson...

... Donna was ordained through Unity in 1996 and served as an associate minister in Nashville, TN., and senior minister at Unity of Fairfax in Northern Virginia for 14 years. She has served the Unity movement in many capacities, including 5 years on the UWM board of trustees. Donna left Virginia in 2012 to take up her current post in Kansas City, MO.

Deborah Johnson

... A co-litigant in two California landmark civil rights cases, her life-time social justice work has been featured in numerous multi-media venues. For such she has received many awards including induction into the Morehouse College MLK Jr Board of Preachers and being an inaugural New Thought Walden Award honoree. Author of “The Sacred Yes” and “Your Deepest Intent,” Rev Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a board member of The Pachamama Alliance, and a founding member of the Agape International Spiritual Center with Michael Bernard Beckwith. She holds a BA from USC, an MBA from UCLA, a ministerial degree from the Holmes Institute, and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Agape University of Leadership and Transpersonal Studies. Her passion is building “The Beloved Community” and healing socio-political/cultural divides. Wherever she goes, her message is one of possibility, inclusion, empowerment, and transformation.

Erin McCabe...

... to cast our vote, as the Dalai Lama said, "The world is a spiritual democracy, you vote with your life." Learn more at: UnityVillageChapel.org, CampaignforConsciousness.com, ErinMccabeMusic.com

Michelle Medrano...

after receiving her degree from Ernest Homes College, became a minister.


Michelle became an assistant minister at Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science. She served there for four years in many capacities. Then Michelle joined New Vision Center for Spiritual Living as its senior minister in 1995. New Vision Center for Spiritual Living grew and evolved from a smaller community that set up every Sunday for services, to a larger community that purchased its own building and became a hub of activity and inspiration under her leadership. Her vigorous involvement in her local community is matched by her work on the international committees of her denomination. She has served in many capacities of leadership in the New Thought Movement.


In 2013, Dr. Michelle was invited to return to Mile Hi Church as an associate minister. While it was difficult to leave the wonderful community she had built in Arizona, she knew that this was the right move. She serves as the leader of Ministries and Programs at Mile Hi. In the congregation she serves and in the many churches and organizations she visits each year, Dr. Michelle is known as an inspiring teacher and leader who deeply touches her audiences with humor and profound insights. Dean of School of Spiritual Leadership, Ministries and Program Leader, Financial Wellness Ministry, Women's Ministry

Kevin Kitrell Ross ...

... Cultural Competency Trainings for the California Department of Social Services. Ross is a popular interview guest for numerous magazines, newspapers, blogs, radio and national television shows - including the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has shared the stage with luminaries ranging from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, President Nelson Mandela to Ella Gandhi, US Congressman Ami Bera and Dr. Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund.He is a graduate of Morehouse College, a two-time humanitarian award recipient, an inductee into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Clergy Hall of Honor and he travels internationally, participating in dialogues and bridge-building activities that bring leaders from diverse backgrounds across faith lines to build the Beloved Community.

Roger Teel ...

... and a third honorary doctoral degree. He has served pulpits in Oregon, California, and in 1993 returned to his home church, Mile Hi Church, where he serves as Senior Minister and Spiritual Director to over 30,000 members and friends.

As a global leader and visionary, Dr. Teel has served as Chairman of the International Board of Trustees for Centers for Spiritual Living, and is Co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought. In 1999, 2001, and 2004, Dr. Teel assisted in facilitating the Synthesis Dialogues with acclaimed global leaders including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. His compelling interview with His Holiness, published in the January, 2005 issue of Science of Mind Magazine, honors the life and contributions of the 14th Dalai Lama. Dr. Teel also represented the New Thought movement at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and 2015. In 2012, he assisted in facilitating the Awakened World Conference held in Rome. Dr. Teel has served on the boards of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Foundation for Affordable Housing, and the Community First Foundation. In 2013, he was awarded “The Light of God Expressing in Society Award” from Unity World Ministries.

In 2014, Dr. Teel completed his first book, This Life Is Joy: Discovering the Spiritual Laws to Live More Powerfully, Lovingly, and Happily (Tarcher/Penguin). This critically acclaimed book immediately connected and reached all over the country and world, requiring a third printing within days after its release.

Lola Wright...

... As a teenage mom raised by hip-hop Lola navigated domestic abuse, addiction and welfare.  In 1998 Lola found herself in an unexpected encounter with Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center.  This detour in Lola’s trajectory recalibrated her orientation and worldview setting her on a profound pursuit of Ancient Wisdom New Thought teachings.  She ferociously studied science, religion, philosophy, race, culture and music for nearly 20 years alongside growing corporate success with leading global institutions.  In 2014 Lola was ordained as a Religious Science minister through Emerson Theological Institute and a licensed minister through Centers for Spiritual Living.

Please reload


New Thought is a spiritually motivated way of life that embraces the ancient wisdom traditions of east and west. We embody the belief that consciousness is elementally creative, reciprocates thought, and allows us to co-create with the Divine to shape the reality of our lives.  AGNT is committed to global healing achieved through personal transformation, community-building, interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understanding, and compassionate activism.



220 Santa Anita Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105




© 2023 by HARMONY. Proudly created with Wix.com