Licensed Spiritual Practitioners provide prayer and a caring presence during difficult times to members of our spiritual community who seek support and many are active volunteers or professional counselors and coaches in the larger community outside our doors, as well. Some Seaside Practitioners live elsewhere and serve in an Outreach capacity, bringing the heart and soul of Seaside’s vision and mission to their own communities in remote locations, while connecting with the Seaside community online and by phone from wherever they are. We currently have Outreach Practitioners serving Seaside from North Carolina, South Dakota, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona and Mexico. You may “meet” them online during Seaside’s services, daily meditations, and classes on Facebook Live or Zoom. 

We are so blessed by the  commitment to sacred service and spiritual practice demonstrated by all of our Seaside Practitioners. We are grateful for the loving presence with which they hold the Light, and continuously offer prayer and caring support to the community.

Practitioners are available to  pray with you after the services on Sunday in-person and online, and are responsive to prayer requests – which may be submitted in person or in writing at the Center, online via the link on the Prayer and Care page, and by email.

Some Practitioners are also available for private sessions to support you with  prayer, a listening heart, and spiritual guidance. You may contact them directly via the email links listed below. 

Meet our Practitioners

Brian Atkins, RScP

Brian Atkins, RScP

Born in Ridgecrest, CA, Brian says he has always been a self-help junkie. He loves learning and growing, because he feels it helps us make the most of our precious lives. Brian says that his role as a practitioner has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He believes his purpose is to reach out to help others.

In 2002, Brian became a Licensed Practitioner at Seaside. Brian is currently enrolled in Ministerial School at the Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies.

Ranked as ATM Silver, Brian enjoys his volunteer work with Toastmasters.  His hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and partner dancing. He is also a runner and has run nine Marathons.

Available for Private Sessions

Cathy Bacquet, RScP

Cathy Bacquet, RScP

To Cathy, born in Dallas, TX, faith is knowing that each day brings a new revelation. With each revelation, she comes closer to the Truth, recognizing her own Divinity, and all the many aspects of God as Cathy. Recognizing these qualities in herself helps her recognize them in others. 

Cathy’s experience with illness and the healing that took place has also made her realize that illness and pain is the path that some people take in order to experience spiritual as well as physical healing. Since illness is the impetus for healing, there is no need for remorse or guilt or despair. We are all divine beings with our own divine paths. Rejoice in our oneness with God and know that the Abundance of the Universe is ours now.

She became a Licensed Practitioner in 2000. 

Marianne Barlow, RScP

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Available for Private Sessions

Katie Boggio, RScP Emeritus

Born in Helper, UT and raised in Los Angeles CA, Katie has been on quite the journey, has traveled extensively world-wide and has explored many different paths to spirituality and healing. When her 17-year marriage ended in divorce and caused such extreme emotional pain and she considered suicide. Instead it became another spiritual experience that caused Katie to choose Life. 

Inspired by a wise Medicine Man to find a “teaching of positive thinking,” Katie serendipitously found Rev. Terry Cole Whittaker along with the Reverends Ron and Sandy Scott. She became a Licensed Practitioner in 1988 and served as a professional Licensed Practitioner at the Agape Prayer Ministry. She also worked as paid staff for the World Ministry of Prayer for 25 years until 2008. 

A special interest of Katie’s is as midwife to Monarch Butterflies. 

Available for Private Sessions.

Ed Cox, RScP

From a family of “do-it-yourselfers” on a farm in Illinois, he learned to do most anything and everything, became independent, and enjoyed meditative time and being in nature.”Those experiences shaped who I became as an adult.”

On his lifelong path of self-discovery, Ed rediscovered his intuitive side and has taken many psychology and metaphysical classes and became a Licensed Rebirther. Ed enjoys supporting Seaside and its members and strives to be an example of living these principles.

Drawn to Religious Science by Terry Cole Whittaker in the 1970s, Ed became a Licensed Practitioner in 2003 and a Master Practitioner in 2007. 

Ed is married to Dolly Shi and lives in Encinitas, CA. He has a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

Available for Private Sessions

Michele Degaris, RScP

Michele, born and raised in Long Beach, CA, has always been fascinated with the mysteries of Life. Growing up Catholic she has always felt a deep and abiding desire to know God more. 

Since stumbling upon Science of Mind in 2010 she has been able to find answers about Life and God that resonated with her. Michele answered the call to become a spiritual practitioner and has been licensed since 2019.

Her dedication to her personal spiritual work and raising her Consciousness strengthens her Faith. Science of Mind has taught Michele that the Universe is made up of energy that is infinitely intelligent. When we focus on what is positive, that energy divinely guides us. When we practice the art of redirecting our thoughts in a more positive direction, our life flows with more grace and ease. Learning to replace old negative beliefs with new positive beliefs is what it takes to heal and be fully aligned with your Higher Self. 

She is grateful for the kind energy, positive messages and wisdom she has gained at the Center for Spiritual Living. She looks forward to sharing this wisdom and power of affirmative prayer with you.

Michele is a wife, mother to her twin teenagers, two dogs, two cats and a caretaker to her mother. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, listening to music, reading, and escaping to the ocean.

Available for Private Sessions

Lori Gertz, RScP

Lori is a bit of a modern day alchemist with her bright smile, her endless optimism and her knowingness of the Spiritual Truth in every conversation and activity. She is especially committed to serving congregants in transition with uncompromising compassion, love and gentle kindness.

Lori was born in Massachusetts and came to find Seaside Center as her Spiritual Home in 2011 after moving to Encinitas by way of NYC & Chicago. 

In her time at Seaside, she has served as Treasurer and VP of Seaside’s Board of Directors, Event Marketer and as Editor and Writing coach for Reverend Christian.

She is well schooled in the subjects of Special Needs, LGBTQ  and finding one’s Dharma. 

Watching her children become powerful resilient expressions in the world, brings her great joy as they enter young adulthood. She is a huge dog lover and devotes much time to philanthropic efforts in animal welfare.

Available for Private Sessions

Tim Griffen, RScP

Tim was born in Stockton, CA. His mom raised him with an open mind to choose a religion when he was ready. She also encouraged him to embrace the arts, including drawing and music at which he excelled.

In 2007, Tim was introduced to Seaside. In 2010, he became a Licensed Practitioner at Seaside and began his continuing studies with Rev. Dr. Christian Sorensen and Rev. Dr. Alice Bandy. At Seaside Tim found a spiritual home and his Soul Mate, Denise Harmon.

Currently, Tim is moving into a new ministry that he has developed over that past 12 years. It will express Science of Mind principles using sacred geometry, the underlying geometric patterns of energy that nature uses to construct all forms, as a search for Truth.

Tim has one son, Tim, Jr. and two grandsons.

Available for Private Sessions

Denise Harmon, RScP

Denise Harmon, RScP

Denise Harmon was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island. Reflective of her earlier life as a dancer with Alvin Ailey and the American Ballet Theatre, Denise chooses to be “the choreographer of her life.”

In 2003 while at Seaside she had an explosive epiphany which led to her realizing a philosophy and a way of life that she could embrace. This passion culminated in her becoming a Licensed Practitioner in 2013. 

Honoring the path of each individual, she welcomes the opportunity to assist others in knowing their strength and spirit and assist in redirecting thoughts, beliefs and energies for the momentum of their hearts desires.

Denise continues her interests in music, dance, movement, yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Jazzercise and Water Aerobics. She has two children Gina and Cali along with three grandchildren. Denise now lives in Carlsbad. 

On leave 2021

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Carolyn Holder, RScP

It is Carolyn’s joy to share transformational tools of healing in practical and effective ways to practice the “Presence” while demonstrating the abundance of God inherent in each of us. It is also her passion to dance, and through hula she shares the Aloha Spirit as an ambassador of unconditional love. 

A native Californian who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she discovered Religious Science through classes with Terry Cole Whittaker. Carolyn became a Licensed Practitioner in 2003 and a Master Practitioner in 2007.

Carolyn and her husband Ray, also a Licensed Practitioner, live in Encinitas and each have a son and daughter. Together they have four granddaughters and one grandson.

Available for Private Sessions

Ray Holder, RScP

Growing-up in Southern California, Ray’s quest for personal growth eventually led him to the study of SOM, Lifespring’s self discovery classes, and over ten years of practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Ray brings both caring and understanding to his practitioner practice. Years of life experiences and taking advanced Practitioner classes have broadened his awareness of Spirit expressing in his life.

Through service to friends, family, and the Seaside community, Ray is grateful for the fulfillment that serving brings to him. He continues to support all who are seeking a deeper connection with the God within and is available for prayer and spiritual counseling.

Ray became a Licensed Practitioner in 2003 and a Master Practitioner in 2007.

He is married to Carolyn, also a Master Practitioner and lives near the beach in Encinitas, CA. They celebrate their blended families and the joy of grand-parenting.

Available for Private Sessions

Kathleen Lees, RScP Emeritus

Kathleen, born in Los Angeles, is a second-generation Californian. Always interested in the arts, she knew she was not an artist herself but loved being part of the creative process and practiced seeing beauty wherever she went.

So grateful to find a spiritual home at Seaside, for the first six months she cried through every service. Out of curiosity, she signed up for the Foundations Class and did not stop until became a Practitioner in 1996.

Her ministry is to expand the consciousness of Religious Science beyond Seaside and into practice in the community. She believes that her gift is to always see the highest and best good for all concerned and to know, privately, that God is always present. She is very clear about the power to manifest your dreams.

She is married to the love of her life, Dennis.

Bob Mathes, RScP

Email not available

Bio not available.

Penny Miller, RScP Emeritus

Penny is a person of high consciousness and deep understanding with years of practice and a lifetime of experience in affirmative prayer that produces results. She is trained to uncover past beliefs that are lodged deep in the subconscious, oppose healing, and are stronger than one’s conscious desire to change one’s circumstances. In her sessions, she listens for long established patterns of thinking. Once the core belief is identified, she will then assist you in revealing a higher Truth about yourself. Through prayer, she sets in motion the change you desire.

Penny practices professionally and is bound by a high code of ethics to respect your confidentiality.

On leave 2021

Dennis Mills, RScP Emeritus

Dennis came to Seaside in 1992 during a time of personal turmoil and found a supportive, loving community that shared his joy and grief.

At Rev. Christian’s suggestion, Dennis took the Foundations class. He chose to sky dive for his final project and said, “I jumped into a fabulous future with no idea what was coming. Going on faith, supported by SOM principles and my Seaside family, I was on my way without looking back.” Dennis became a Practitioner in 1998 and Master Practitioner in 2003. 

Dennis is married to the love of his life, Ginny and has four children, Dale, Robert, Derrick and Charlotte.  

Dennis grew up in Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia before moving to San Diego.

Dennis continues to serve Seaside as a Practitioner and is always open for new opportunities to serve.

Ginny Mills, RScP Emeritus

Bio unavailable.

Kamran Moradi, RScP

On leave, 2021

Rev. Sue Oliver

(425) 395-5928

Sue Zeal Oliver first connected with Centers for Spiritual Living via CSL Morristown’s minister, Dr. Frankie Timmers, in the 1990s.  She later became a practitioner and completed ministerial training in 2005, founding Centers for Spiritual Living, Olympia, WA, while still in school.  Rev. Sue served various Seattle communities, including CSL Seattle, Amazing Grace, and Genesis Global Spiritual Center. She also founded LifeSparks, a portfolio ministry for health and vibrancy, and was ordained in 2012.


Rev. Sue’s mantra has been: “When you do what you love and give back, the rest DOES follow.” She has spent decades leading and launching innovative, thriving ventures around the world, as an executive, founder, leader, mentor, and professional coach. Her passions, talents, and experience led her to become Director of Seattle University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, where she inspired thousands of entrepreneurial leaders and innovators to put their passions and values into action as global change agents. 

Sharon Rae, RScP

Sharon Rae was born in Japan and moved to California when she was 13. Feeling alone and searching for a better way, she found Seaside in 2002 and it has been her guiding light on her transformational journey to living a more authentic life and answering the deep call to service.

As a Practitioner, Sharon has a full time practice at Seaside.

Sharon feels in alignment with her life purpose when she is able to sit with clients in their pain, discomfort, and darkness, holding the light and supporting them as they heal and transform their life situations through the use of Science of Mind principles and the power of prayer.

She lives in Oceanside with her husband, David, and their son, Ramon. Sharon says that recently becoming a mother has been her greatest call to service.

Available for Private Sessions

Rosemarie Ramirez, RScP

Rosemarie Ramirez believes life is an exciting adventure with endless possibilities.  She has always followed the directive to “grow where planted.”

Born in Guatemala, she also lived in Honduras before coming the United States at the age of 12.  Raised Catholic, Rosemarie began her quest for a new spiritual interest in her early 20’s.  Once she discovered Science of Mind, she knew she had found what she was looking for, something she could relate to and believe in. It was a new way of life that was practical and non-judgmental. She was inspired by Ernest Holmes philosophy of being “Open at the Top” which  gave room for creativity, new ideas and new discoveries. Rosemarie became a Practitioner in 2019.

Rosemarie shares SOM Principles with her family, friends and clients, with the goal of confronting and resolving challenges. Her ultimate goal is to bring greater peace, abundance, health, and harmony to the individual and the world.

She is eagerly accepting new practitioner clients both in English and Spanish, in person, by phone or online.

Rosemarie lives with her husband, has two daughters and 6 grandchildren. She loves to learn, pray, play, travel, dance, exercise, watercolor and spending time with family, friends, and especially with her grandchildren.

Available for Private Sessions

Ellen Rice, RScP Emeritus

Born and raised in San Diego, Ellen knew when she married and started her family that she wanted to raise her children to know God. As she was looking for a “church” to call home she was influenced by Rev. Terry Cole Whittaker and Catherine Ponder. She found home in Religious Science, became a Licensed Practitioner over 20 years ago and eventually migrated to Seaside. 

Ellen thanks everyone for the love that has been shown to her here and says, “I have lived in the Grace of God and loved every minute of it. And so it is . . .” 

Deb Sadler, RScP

Deb Sadler, RScP

Deb Sadler became a practitioner in 2015. She first came to Seaside in 2010 when she brought her sister for a taste of spiritual nourishment. She has been attending Sunday services ever since.

Deb was the Education Director at Seaside following her retirement from teaching English at Crawford High School in City Heights, San Diego, where she was Teacher of the Year, her final year. She also taught Prac I and Prac II for the first four years following her retirement. She loves to teach the principles of Science of Mind and practice them in her life. She enjoys praying with others as a way to create more peace on Earth, right here and right now.

She bought her first copy of You Can Heal Your Life, in 1984. 

Available for Private Sessions

Kay Samuelson, RScP

Kay Samuelson grew up in Newport Beach, CA, practicing Eastern/Western spirituality through the Self Realization Fellowship. Accepting the guidance of Spirit, Kay began classes at Seaside and in 2004 became a Licensed Practitioner. Anchoring a consciousness of Spiritual leadership, Kay is now a Master Practitioner.

Through the art of Spiritual Mind Treatment and spiritual solutions, Kay offers sanctuary for the soul that is seeking reassurance of his or her wholeness. The profound power of being deeply seen and understood creates a portal of possibility for deep healing and transformation of the body, mind and soul. She believes the heart responds to the warmth of love, recognizing that love is the fulfillment of the law of Good (God) in everyone. The most precious understanding Kay holds in her heart is that we are all One, One heart, One mind, One soul. The unity of all life flows through a field of consciousness.

She has raised two beautiful girls and has two grandchildren.

Available for Private Sessions

Tom Scoullar, RScP

Bio unavailable.

Dee Seidel, RScP

Dee Seidel, RScP

Dee’s “Purpose” is to serve and help guide others to find their way to connect with their inner gifts and their own Divinity, through heart-felt communication and connections.  As a child, she was raised in the conservative, Congregational church and eventually felt there was more to explore, experience and embrace. Her path led her to Eric Butterworth’s Unity Church New York City in 2000.

While she attended several churches in CA after moving here from the East Coast, she finally settled in Encinitas, where she discovered Seaside with this energetic, powerful Spiritual Leader, Rev. Christian. 

One of her passions is the broadcast ministry, so don’t be surprised if you find her behind one of the video cameras supporting the Sunday livestream of our Celebration Sundays! 

Through the wisdom and understanding gained from the expansion of her consciousness she began focusing on courses to become a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner. She graduated in July 2020. 

Dee’s passions include life-long learning, travel, listening to and watching Smooth Jazz concerts, television broadcasting and watching spectator sports!

Available for Private Sessions

Trudy Seifke, RScP

Trudy Seifke is a native California, growing up in Riverside, CA. She has a MA in Psychology from Chapman University. She became a Licensed Practitioner in 2001. 

Trudy has built a clientele combining her education and experience working, teaching, and as a Marriage Family Therapist Associate and a Licensed Practitioner. Trudy says, “Utilizing all this learning and work experience, I couple it with immersion into the Universal Principals allowing me to bring to my counseling clients a Holistic Counseling approach.”

In 1998 Trudy met her wife, Janine Stock. They have been married three times (to each other) waiting for the legal system to catch up. Trudy and Janine live in Carlsbad with their three dogs, two pugs and a dachshund.

On leave, 2021

Susan "Sully" Sullivan

California Native and long-time North County area local, Susan’s spiritual quest started at a young age. Studying to be a Catholic nun as a child, her soul has always sought a relationship with her Higher Power. Investigating all the religions of the world, she started on her own path toward enlightenment.

After raising two kids as a single mother, she took a short detour down a fun-filled, fast-paced lifestyle while living in Baja when a mid-life existential crisis combined with empty nest syndrome collided for a time. She found her way back to the light through recovery, and in the last decade has guided dozens of women with private counseling and with AA, Alanon and ACA.

Religious Science and Science of Mind studies led her on an illumined path to her life’s purpose as she became a Spiritual Prayer Practitioner in 2020 here at Seaside. She is continuing her ecclesiastical education and is enrolled in the CSL Chaplaincy program with a focus on Recovery and Rehabilitation ministry. 

Also lovingly known as “Oma” to several grandchildren, Susan loves to cook and entertain. For her, gardening is a spiritual practice, she’s an avid reader and loves to pray and meditate. 

Available for Private Sessions

Dayna Vogt, RScP, LIcensed Spiritual Pra

Dayna Vogt, RScP

Dayna was born into a highly matriarchal family, all from California, knew she “came here to love, and was born a practitioner.” 

​Dayna moved to Encinitas in the 1980’s with her three children, ages 2, 4 and 5, following a divorce.  

​Life brought many opportunities for growth while raising three children as a single parent earning one salary, and Seaside became a bigger part of her life.

She loves to write and craft personalized wedding and memorial services. She is committed to serving her individual Practitioner clients with love, confidentiality, compassion and Divine inspiration. Dayna also specializes in serving clients who live out of the area, by meeting online, as well as in person.

Available for Private Sessions

Linda Watson, RScP Emeritus

Bio coming soon.

Available for Private Sessions

Candace Young-Schult, RScP Emeritus

Candace Young-Schult, RScP Emeritus

Seaside is Candace’s spiritual home where she finds joy and support and the healing power of prayer and acceptance. As a practitioner since 1999, it is her privilege to know the truth for her clients and to see the absolute beauty and strength in each person. It is her joy to pray and counsel with others assisting them on their spiritual path to remove blockages that keep them from knowing the truth and beauty of their connection with God.

Candace sings in a variety of choirs. She is a creative person whose present joy is creating jewelry. She is also an artist who enjoys working in several mediums including acrylics, watercolors, and drawing. She enjoys travel and connecting with people of differing cultures. Candace sees herself as not just an American citizen, but also as a world citizen working to create peace in whatever way she can.

Married to Roy since 1977, Candace is the stepmother of three married adults and the grandmother of six.

Seaside Outreach Practitioners

Outreach Practioners are licensed by Seaside and live in remote areas. They mayserve the Seaside community by offering individual sessions and prayer support via phone or Zoom, supporting online education classes and providing tech support for Zoom events and meetings. some offer online workshops, Sacred Circles, book study groups, or meditation and other spiritual practice opportunities.  Some Outreach Practitioners have a thriving local practice and offer classes, retreats, and other events in their community or wherever they are.  

Sara Awad, RScP

Born and raised in San Diego, Sara currently resides in Columbus, OH. She is passionate about teaching Science of Mind principles through literature and is a regular contributor to Science of Mind Magazine. Her interests include travel, social justice, spending time in nature and writing fiction. She is currently writing her first novel and hopes to publish it someday soon.

Sara received her practitioner training in the online program, taught by Seaside’s own Linda Watson, Practitioner Emeritus and Dr. Christina Tillotson, Distance Learning Dean. She has recently been accepted to ministerial school! 

She has three daughters, Anisah, Zainab and Amirah.

Sara’s vision for her role at Seaside: To support our thriving community and serve as a catalyst for the transformation and growth of others through spiritual practice, sacred service, meaningful social engagement and creation of conscious literature.

Available for Private Sessions

Shelley Dill, RScP

Shelley says she has felt the call as a Light Bearer all of her life. She began fostering her connection with the Divine, singing and praying her love of God at an early age. These experiences lit the path for her life’s passions: Ministry and Music. 

In 2004, a confluence of synchronicities brought Shelly to a realization that part of her ministry is that of Self-Care.  She felt drawn to focus her light work toward assisting others in the recognition of their One-ness and self-worth. 

Shelley is an accomplished professional singer-songwriter, with one CD of inspirational chants, and plans for a second. She became a Licensed Practitioner in 2018. She has a growing Practitioner practice, seeing clients both in person, and through live, face to face online modalities.  

Shelley has plans to step into Ministerial Studies through the Holmes Institute this coming year. 

Available for Private Sessions

Christine Ellwein, RScP

Bio coming soon.

Pamela Hower, RScP, Emeritus

Pamela Hower, a native San Diegan, is currently living in Tulsa, OK. Pamela has always felt a connection to what she calls her “forever friend” God. Even as a small child she knew that she came into this world with God and that she will leave this world with God. It has always filled her heart and soul with a peaceful sense of trusting life and never feeling alone.

Pamela became a Licensed Practitioner in 1994. She holds her practitioner work as sacred using spiritual tools and truth principles. Her mission is to deeply connect people back to their own divine authority and innate wisdom as they consecrate their personal relationship with their maker and tap into the power of this universe that is here to support all of us.

Witnessing the many joys and milestones of Seaside and being touched by countless hands and hearts of the Seaside family has made Pamela’s life rich. She is deeply drawn to nature and animals, and has never met an animal she didn’t like. Her first real job was working at a zoo. 

Pamela continues to work via telephone with practitioner clients around the US.

Available for Private Sessions

Sylvia Kearns, RScP

Sylvia is a Licensed Practitioner for Centers for Spiritual Living.  Her mantra is “A life without borders”. She is currently a student at Holmes Institute and the School for Spiritual Leadership, San Diego Campus. Her father was a Baptist minister, and she was called to ministry as a young child. After thirty years of emergency room nursing, she has “come home” to her first calling.

When not studying, she enjoys downhill ski racing and hiking in Oregon. Asheville, North Carolina is her second home where two young grandchildren keep her busy. She is also active in AA, providing Zoom technology to meetings, as well as sponsoring other women.

Sylvia is available via Zoom technology or by phone to provide Spiritual Mind Treatment /Affirmative Prayer to anyone seeking Spiritual guidance.  

Available for Private Sessions

Suzanne Ward, RScP

Suzanne, a Colorado native, is an outreach practitioner, residing in a small town in the Colorado Rockies.  

It was on a walk in the beautiful Colorado mountains in 2009 that she met a man who asked her if she knew about Religious Science. Curious, she read “Science of Mind” by Ernest Holmes four times, then began classes online in 2015 and completed in 2019. 

Suzanne finds the principles of Earth Literacy to be congruent with Spiritual Principles.  Her intentions now are to combine the ideas of the sustainability of Earth with Spiritual Truths. She is looking forward to doing this through her private and public practice.

Suzanne has a degree in Psychology, a teaching certificate and a Masters Degree in Education.

Suzanne has been married to David for 48 years and they have three children and a grandson.

Alexandra Musser, RScP

Bio coming soon.