Audrey Gum joined the Church of Religious Science in 1986. I took classes from Reverends Kathy Ann Lewis, Donald Graves, and Shirley Jones - under whom I became a licensed Practitioner 1991 and was awarded Emeritus status in 2011 for a total of 28 years’ service.
Other ministers I have served under in Salt Lake City are: Scott Aubrey, Bonnie Apps, Barbara Hayes, Marty Bacher, Barbara Leger, Lynne Heygster, and Myrna Hirst. I also had the privilege of serving 12 wonderful years in Las Vegas with Reverend Doug Fogelsong.
I have taught all the core classes with Science of Mind. Four of my students went on to become ministers and I mentored five Practitioners until their licensing.
During my time of service in the Salt Lake church, I created a Heart to Heart and Pet Ministry.
It has been my privilege to serve and witness many healings during my years of service.
Salina Baugh first discovered the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living in 2001 and jumped in with both feet, taking classes and volunteering. Both of these activities grounded her in the philosophy and built sustaining friendships. In 2007 Salina licensed as a Practitioner and has been of service to the Center in many capacities.
Currently, Salina is focusing her attention on teaching classes and one-on-one spiritual coaching. Salina loves sharing her personal insights and why she believes the application of this philosophy is not only relevant today, but if applied daily will change lives.
Linda Brewer was ordained for a Counseling Ministry in 1975 in North Carolina. She founded the Kindred Center there in 1980 with a mission to create a supportive environment in which people together could transform their lives. She was a member of the Unity Church for 19 years before moving to Utah and joining the Center in 2002. She was licensed as a Practitioner in 2007.
She had a full-time ministry for fifteen years as a hospital and hospice Chaplain until she retired in January of 2019. She has been a regular speaker at the Center since retiring and also serves on the Ministry Council.
Hildreth Farris grew up in the Methodist church that my grandfather, my mother's father, started I learned to love the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth. In high school, however I learned that some of the people who had taught me that Jesus loves the little children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, were actually very prejudiced and had moved into our town through "white flight". At that time I threw out the baby with the bath water and blamed Jesus instead of Christianity.
I wished to be an agent of change, even though I didn’t feel I had the courage of my childhood hero Harriet Tubman, nor of my father’s Quaker ancestors who had participated in the Underground Railroad of the Civil War.
After graduating from college at Indiana University, Bloomington with a degree in Elementary Education , I moved to my dream state of California. I had actually had a dream at the age of 16 about living near the ocean and dancing hand in hand in a circle in a mountain meadow with a large group of people.
On July 4th, 1973, I learned of and moved to a Spiritual commune in land behind Santa Barbara, CA. Shortly after moving here I again saw the image of people dancing in a circle. This time in this reality. And I have a picture to prove it. Lol.
I herded goats and sheep, trained border collie herd dogs and learned a chakra meditation which had originated with Parmahansa Yogananda in the 1930’s. Here I met my husband, Jim Farris,
Jim and I have raised three sons, two of them adopted trans-racially. We did our best to raise them with an awareness of their original culture. These are now wonderful young men who still bring us much Joy.
Jim and I have again found a Spiritual home through the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living. He has been a Practitioner now for six years and I have reached this goal as of July 17th, 2021.
As a young adult Jim Farris lived, worked and meditated for 18 years in a spiritual community.
He and his family later moved to Utah where he became an active member of Unity Church in Park City.
In 2008 he joined Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living, where he enjoyed taking a series of classes to become a licensed Prayer Practitioner in 2014.
Currently he volunteers to visit hospice patients and is on the spiritual care team at Huntsman Cancer Hospital.
Jim loves people and especially enjoys supporting what they truly want with the power of affirmative prayer!
Katherine Hernandez (Katie) has been around this community since 1980. A friend told her to step away from organized religion and go to a place that taught Love and that’s exactly what she did. She’s been a member of Salt Lake Centers for Spiritual Living for 39 years and a Practitioner for 16 years. (Only 4 years from an Emeritus Practitioner!)
She found that Love her friend was talking about. Now her joy is helping others find their truth and Love, when they have forgotten the truth of who they are and how powerful they are. As a Practitioner Katie reminds others of their truth.
Her love in life these days is answering online prayers for the Center, for those in need.
Theresa Martin has been an active member of the Center for Spiritual Living Salt Lake for twenty years now.
Her journey began in Ireland in the 1960's when a friend gave her a copy of Genevieve Behrend's book " Your Invisible Power: The Mental Science of Thomas Troward”. She was excited by its teachings and attracted people and events that commenced a journey ending in Salt Lake City.
She serves our Community as a Licensed Professional Practitioner and has co-facilitated many classes given at the Center.
Farrel Zeeman had been retired for a year from his career as a teacher when he began attending CSL, Salt Lake in September of 2010. He began his studies of Ernest Holmes in January of 2011 when he took the Foundations class. As so often happens with students of Science of Mind, each class created a hunger for the next, until one day Farrel he found himself graduating and becoming licensed as a Science of Mind Practitioner.
Licensed Spiritual Practitioners have a deep understanding of the spiritual nature of Life; a deep and personal relationship with the Divine is prominent.