Reverend Sue MillerBorn, RScP has been a licensed practitioner since 2001 under the training of Reverend Dr. James Golden and Reverend. Dr. Andrea Asebedo. She completed her Ministerial training in 2004 and was ordained in 2010. Sue is currently one of the Co-Senior Ministers, overseeing SEVA Congregational Support, Sacred Sisters Women's Group, Men's Group, Young Adult's Group and the Practitioner Unit, as well as speaking and teaching. One of the things she loves best about being a practitioner and a minister is her connection to people, one-on-one. It is an opportunity to witness love and the creative process manifest healing. She thrives in teaching and facilitating the Sacred Sister's Women's Group, meditation practices, Yoga and spending time in service to the Center. The greatest joy of being a Practitioner/Minister is knowing that a greater Good is always unfolding and witnessing the power of God always manifesting this Good through all experiences. It is a journey in Love.
Reverend Mary Mitchell, RScP began her spiritual studies at the Center for Spiritual Living in 1989. She received her Practitioner License in 1994, her ministerial license in 2002, and was ordained in 2008, at which time she began serving as an Assistant Minister in Redding. Mary was named Practitioner of the Year in 2007 by the Centers for Spiritual Living, served on the organization's Board of Trustees for three years, and continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee. Reverend Mitchell earned a BS in Forest Industries Management from The Ohio State University, and retired from the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District in Anderson, CA where she was District Manager for 13 years. Mary's passion lies in metaphysical studies and teaching Science of Mind classes. Her hobbies include writing, and she has six published books. Mary lives with her husband, Paul, and their two wonderful cats.
An ordained minister of Religious Science, Reverend Pam Sanchez, RScP has a long history of serving the local community. After joining the Spiritual Enrichment Center in 1983, Pam become a licensed practitioner in 1992. In 1997, she received her ministerial license, and served as the primary minister at Center for Positive Living in Mount Shasta from 1998 – 2000. In 2003, Pam retired from the State Department of Rehabilitation, where she served as a supervisor for 30 years. A former Chaplain with the Shasta Regional Medical Center and Redding Police Department, Pam currently oversees Center for Spiritual Living, Redding’s Seva support team, providing meals and other essentials to community members struggling with life's challenges, from birth to death. Pam additionally oversees the Hope Van Meals Seva Team, which provides meals for Redding's homeless population, meeting at 8:30AM on the fourth Friday of every month in the Social Services Center parking lot: 2650 Breslauer Way, Redding, CA.
Robin Backstrom’s first encounter with the Center for Spiritual Living Redding (CSLR) was in the late l970s. Inspired by both the philosophy and spiritual practices, Robin felt supported in exploring her true potential. She realized an expanding awareness of her deep and divine connection within and the joy it brings, and became increasingly comfortable in taking risks to reveal more of what life had to offer. The result was a rich and fulfilling career as a high school counselor, working with students, parents, teachers, and staff for over thirty years. Now retired, Robin is able to devote more time to her spiritual family here at CSLR, and has fulfilled a dream of becoming a licensed Religious Science Practitioner to best serve and support others in awakening to their divine potential. Robin enjoys a loving and spiritual relationship with her husband, Dan, and their two children, while also raising a large vegetable garden, and freezing and canning nature’s bounty from their forty-two fruit and nut trees on their small farm in Los Molinos. Robin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Chico State and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from LaVerne University.
Charlie Born, RScP has been with the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) since 1992. The Manager of Government and External Affairs for Frontier Communications, Charlie has served in just about every area of the Center, including children's church, board member, usher/greeter, community outreach, pledge drive, fundraising, and for several years now, he has co-chaired the Landscape Seva Team. Most recently, Charlie served as co-chair of the Minister Search Team. His background includes a strong interest in Yoga and meditation. He received training in the transcendental meditation (TM) technique in the 1970s, and was involved with the Creative Initiative Foundation in the 1980s. Charlie received his Professional Prayer Practitioner license in 2013.
Born and raised in Northern California, Sherri became a licensed Cosmetologist in 1992. In 1994, she graduated with BA in Business Administration from California State University, Chico, and in 1996 opened Cleo’s Salon at the Chico Mall, which she still owns and operates. In 2001, Sherri returned to Redding, where she found her spiritual home at the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) in 2010. She loved CSLR’s teachings from the start, and bought the Science of Mind text following her first Sunday service. Sherri started her spiritual journey by taking certification courses, before moving into the Prayer Practitioner program. A licensed Prayer Practitioner since 2016, she considers it an honor to serve her community, and treasures the opportunity to come into people’s lives as an instrument of positive change. A business consultant and community steward, Sherri not only helps other salon owners develop and grow their businesses, but also volunteers at CSLR in a leadership capacity.
Maggie Fisher has been in service to, and is an active member of, the recovery community since 1977. Maggie is passionate about helping others recover from chemical dependency. She continues to share her experience, strength and hope with people who are experiencing the effects of substance use in the family. In 1995, she became a Registered Addiction Specialist which is recognized in 47 states and 14 countries. In 2008, she achieved a M-RAS (Masters level Registered Addiction Specialist) Certification. Maggie retired from Tehama County Drug/Alcohol Division in 2011. Maggie is the co-founder and former CEO of Choices 4 Change, Inc., a non- profit organization that served homeless women and children and was the former Executive Director of the Transitional Living Center of Tehama County. Maggie found the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding in 2012 and she knew she had found her spiritual home. It was clear that the teachings of The Science of Mind and the 12 Step philosophy was the perfect blend for her. She recently became a licensed Practitioner and looks forward to serving in both communities
When Chris Johnson, RScP came to Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) in the summer of 1986 he knew he found his spiritual home. Chris holds a BA in Music and a MFA in Teaching, and retired from a 30-year career in public education in 2013. Since then he has devoted his time, energy, and service to being a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP), serving the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) and Mendocino Center for Spiritual Living (MCSL). The former Director of Music for Center for CSLR, and an Administrator and Guest Speaker at MCSL, Chris's passion lies in sharing the power of CSL’s teaching with others. He believes that creating a world that works for all begins with putting spiritual tools in the hands of as many people as possible, and is doing just that in classrooms, workshops, one-on-one practitioner sessions, and through the New Thought music he and his wife, Diana Johnson, write and perform together.
Prayer Practitioner & Trustee
Diana Johnson, RScP has been active with Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) for nearly three decades. With a BA and Teaching Credential, she taught children and adults in a homeschooling environment for 15 years before channeling her passion for teaching into her current work as a Religious Science Practitioner (RScP). Diana also works as Director of Youth and Family Ministries, and serves on CSLR’s Board of Trustees. As a RScP, Diana teaches certificated (core) and non-certificated (spiritual development) classes, leads workshops, and hosts retreats. She and her husband, Chris Johnson, compose and perform their own brand of New Thought music for Sunday services. Diana has a passion for teaching in all its forms and for creating and sustaining Spiritual Community. In Spring 2017, she entered the Ministerial Studies, and expects to be licensed by Summer 2019.
Marylin Miller, RScP, is a licensed Religious Science practitioner at Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR). She worked for years as a clinical social worker with both children and adults prior to becoming a practitioner. She enjoys spending time with family, appreciating the natural world, playing music with various groups, working in animal rescue and participating in CSLR programs. Marylin serves as a prayer partner and teaches Science of Mind concepts, focusing on the direct experience of oneness and the truth of our wholeness. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to assist others on their journey of growth and awakening. She loves participating with others in the process of unfoldment and it is her unshakable belief that every single one of us, no matter what our current circumstances or what has gone before, has an innate ability to heal and be open to the light of truth.
Shirley Wade is deeply committed to the principles of Religious Science, which she began studying 62 years. That was the beginning, and she has had a long and fulfilling experience since then at the Religious Science church in San Mateo, CA and also at the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding. In addition to her church family, Shirley has been blessed with her own family. Married for 64 years, she now has three children, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Shirley retired from the public school system, where she worked as a reading specialist for 30 years, and ran her own tutoring business for fourteen years thereafter. Her experience as a student of Religious Science led to a life of loving service, and to this end Shirley earned a Master’s in Education, and a second Master’s in Counseling/Psychology from Santa Clara University. A licensed Marriage and Family therapist (retired), she is deeply grateful to be a licensed practitioner, supporting others in their own growth and development.
Board Vice President & Secretary
Gloria Newton spent her first thirty‐some years in the cool green of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In the late 1970's while volunteering at a free clinic, she was recruited to help set up and staff the first federally funded healthcare clinic in Marion County Oregon, established to serve the influx of Southeast Asian immigrants displaced by the Vietnam war. Through this experience she met many wonderful people including the minister of the local Unity Church who introduced her to New Thought teachings. In 1982 she moved to Redding to accept a position with the County Hospital outpatient clinic. She earned a MA‐Ed from Simpson University combining her nursing and education skills to conduct workshops and training for medical professionals, serving as training and exercise coordinator for the State Emergency Preparedness grant and adjunct faculty in the Health Sciences Division of Shasta College. She is currently enjoying the freedom of retirement with her German Shepherd Puppy‐Aristoo. Gloria joined the Center in 1983 and looks forward to serving with a committed board team to model a world that works for all.
Board Treasurer & Trustee
Diana Woolfstead was born and raised in Shasta, CA, where she attended elementary school and high school, before leaving for University of Nevada at Reno, where she graduated with a BS in Home Economics & Textiles in 1973. Later that year she married Fred Pillon, and moved to Oakland, CA. Building on a background in Business and Early Child Education, Diana worked for Capwell’s, a Carter Hawley Hale Company. In 1982, Diana and Fred welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Lauren. In 1988, she married Roy Woolfstead, and continued working in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. In 1989, she Roy moved to Redding, CA, and in 1990 the couple celebrated the birth of their son, Cameron. In 1995, Diana began working at Grant School, and retired 21 years later in 2016.
Catherine (Cathy) Aiken was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the fourth of nine children. She graduated from high school, completed three years in Junior College, and then took Optical training under the direction of Master Optician, Robert Shaw. She passed her American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Board Exam in 1990, and worked as a Certified Optician for 20 years. During that time, Cathey also held several volunteer positions, including but not limited to PTA President, Chairperson for the Gift of Sight Program via LensCrafters, and was a Lions Club member for eight years, two of which she served as President. Cathy's been with her husband, David Aiken, for 31 years as of May, 2018. Together, she and David have four children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She currently volunteers at Mercy Medical Center, and participates in the Children’s Church at Center for Spiritual Living, Redding.
Marti Butow has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) since 1995, during which time she has been active in many events and programs. Mari brings many sklls to the CSLR Board, including, organizational development, group facilitation, and project management, and her priorities are increasing membership, augmenting participation, and paying off CSLR's mortgage.
James Massengale has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) since 2012, serving as the Youth Advisor since May, 2017. James has strong listening skills and is a critical thinker. His three priorities as a board member are to increase community outreach, streamline the budget, and augment class attendance. James is grateful for the CSLR's teachings and the effect it has had on his life, and brings to the board skills in project management.
Carol Moreland was introduced to Religious Science at 16 when her Aunt gave her the Science of Mind textbook. In her early twenties, she opened and operated her own travel agency, and when her goals changed at age 38, she pursued higher education at Chico State earning her Master's degree with distinction in Psychology. Credentialed in School Psychology, School Counseling, and School Administration, Carol was privileged to be hired as a School Psychologist upon graduating from CSU, Chico, and rose to become the Director of Special Education before moving into school administration. Her unique strengths lie in counseling, behavioral intervention, disabilities diagnostics, conflict resolution, and systems development. Carol has been married to her husband, Jerry, for twenty years, and has three children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren. Her personal interests are kayaking, hiking, gardening, and walking her labyrinth. It is her desire to listen and create a center that serves everyone.
Retiring from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) in 2006, Jim Nelson owns and operates Nelson Facilitation LLC, teaching Environmental Negotiation and Facilitation skills for state and federal agencies throughout the United States. A Northern California native, Jim earned his Master’s Degree in Biological Resource Planning and Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico. He currently lives in Redding and spends his free time gardening, skiing, camping, hunting, and playing music. Jim's been a member of Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) for many years, completing several CSL classes and serving on Seva teams.
Fiscal Manager, Bookstore Manager, & Facilities Coordinator
Sylvia has over 35 years experience in the accounting field, serving as an accounting manager for a large corporation. A small business owner, she brings a world of expertise to Center for Spiritual Living, Redding's (CSLR) Bookstore, which she actively manages. Sylvia received her accounting education from UC Berkeley, and attended the University of Redlands, where she majored in Business. She also attended the University of California, Riverside, garnering several certificates in Business and Management. The mother of two beautiful adult daughters, she has three grandchildren: Baylee, Hanna, and Stone. Sylvia has volunteered at Women's Refuge, and creates floral arrangements for weddings and Christmas celebrations. Continuing her spiritual path at Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, Sylvia enjoys the educational programs, music, good books, and movies.
Lorie Barnes is a sixth generation native Californian who has lived in Shasta County since 1980. She has been the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding (CSLR) since 2005, and became an official member of CSLR in 2006. Lorie has been in the Administration and Clerical field for over 30 years and loves working at CSLR. Graduating from Central Valley High School in 1986, she also holds two AA Degrees from Shasta College. Lorie has also been a house/pet/plant sitter since 1995, and lives less than a mile from the Center, where she cares for her mother. Lorie's favorite color is purple, and her hobbies include spending time with friends, reading books, listening to music, and watching movies and television. Lorie's favorite saying is, "May all beings know peace, joy, and love."