any minister or guest speaker that is not a member of NTCSL Ministry Staff

Dr. Dean Shrock

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Guest Speaker

Dr. Dean Shrock served for many years as Director of Mind-Body Medicine for a physician management group of 40 cancer centers, where he taught and researched a wellness program that improved survival with cancer. He is the bestselling author of Doctor's Orders: Go Fishing, Why Love Heals: Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine, and Living and Thriving: A Mind-Body-Spirit Program for Wellness. He also co-authored the chapter on Mind-Body Medicine in Dr. Andrew Weil's textbook, Integrative Oncology, and is one of the spiritual teachers featured in the international bestselling book, The Power of the Heart.

Manuel Padilla

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Guest Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

Manuel Padilla is the executive director of Portland Meet Portland and is a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development. He has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University; an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace; and has done peace building and human rights work both domestically and internationally. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability, transform conflict, and build civil society.

Todd Duncan

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Guest Speaker

Todd Duncan is a cosmologist whose work is guided by the theme of better understanding how our immediate human experiences connect to a cosmic perspective that gives them meaning. He combines a research background in physics and astronomy with experience teaching science concepts to a wide range of audiences. He’s the author of Glimpses of Wonder and An Ordinary World: The Role of Science in Your Search for Personal Meaning, and coauthor of Your Cosmic Context: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology.

Todd received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Illinois, an M. Phil. from Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Chicago where he was an NSF and McCormick Fellow. He joined the faculty of the Center for Science Education at Portland State University in 1997 to pursue his interest in interdisciplinary "big questions" research and its application to science education. In 1998 he founded the nonprofit Science Integration Institute as a forum for exploring what it means to be human in the universe as understood by modern science. He is currently on the physics faculty at Pacific University and Director of the Science Integration Institute.

Laurel Airica, M.A.

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Guest Speaker

Laurel Airica began peering into puns and the ‘cymbals’ of the alphabet in early childhood. In the process she developed insights into language that she later discovered were held by leading philosophers in ancient cultures of the East and West, including the fact that –

· Words speak for themselves in ways that both reflect and affect the cultural assumptions we mistake for reality and the innate wisdom we possess as humans;

· Creative wordplay can enhance literacy, awaken the natural philosopher within us, and lead us back to a primal recognition of the power of The Word to impact the quality of our World.

Laurel presents her mystic-linguistic perspective on English to public and private audiences on stage and in the classroom (4th-Grad School). Her vision to initiate a global movement for linguistic improvement began when she was a student of Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder/director of the Agape International Spiritual Community.

Tama Kieves

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Author, Inspirational Speaker

Tama Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice with a prestigious corporate law firm to write and help others discover and soar in their life’s work. She is the nationally bestselling author of This Time I Dance! – Creating the Work You Love, Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!, and most recently, A Year without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence (all Tarcher/Penguin).
Featured in USA TODAY, the Huffington Post, Forbes, as well as on ABC News, Oprah Radio, and other national media, she is a sought-after speaker and visionary career/success and book coach, who has helped thousands world-wide to discover, launch, and thrive in the life, calling and businesses of their dreams.
Tama is on the faculty of the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Esalen Institute, and has presented at TEDx and at Canyon Ranch. She speaks and leads retreats nationally/internationally and is known for her electrifying presence, grounded compassion, dynamic sense of humor and the believable and sweeping possibilities she ignites in others.
Says Tama, “I was put on this earth to champion visionary minds, creative souls, freedom junkies, love-driven entrepreneurs and change-agents, and anyone who wants to live and work from inspiration instead of fear. I may also have been put here to eat great Thai food.” She has grown her own creative empire into an international presence through inspired and unconventional means.

Rev. Bonnie Anderson and Rev. Andy Anderson

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Co-Ministers, Center for Spiritual Living Roseburg

Rev. Bonnie Anderson and Rev Andy Anderson came to CSL Roseburg after having served as Staff Ministers at the Tri City Church of Religious Science, Center for Positive Living, in Fremont, where they studied under Dr. Jay Scott Neale and Dr. Carol Neale. They have been married for 39 years, and have two adult boys.

Rev. Bonnie Anderson has a background in teaching and spent many years working in corporate America. She served as the Director of Youth and Families in Fremont, where she was a popular teacher and speaker. She is a clear teacher of metaphysical principles and teaches Science of Mind classes, as well as facilitating workshops and retreats.

She presented a workshop at Religious Science International’s annual conference at Asilomar entitled Seeing God in Nature, and one with Rev Andy entitled Live Your Life with Passion.Bonnie’s speaking style is upbeat and energetic and her mission is to allow God to work through her to bring more peace to the world.

Rev. Andy Anderson has been described as a “singer, songwriter and poet who always comes from the heart.” He composes and performs visionary, spiritual music that inspires and uplifts. He was the minister of music in Fremont, and founded and directed the Spiritual Dimensions Choir and band. Rev Andy is a popular speaker and guest artist at churches across the country. He not only uplifts audiences with his music, but also with his upbeat, high energy speaking style. One of his greatest blessings is to inspire and wake up the world to a greater understanding of themselves through the power of his music.

Suzanne Giesemann

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Guest Speaker

Suzanne Giesemann is the author of 11 books, an inspirational speaker, metaphysical teacher, and evidence-based medium. She is a messenger of hope who captivates audiences as she brings love, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side brings stunning evidence of life after death, as well as validating her teaching about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness.

Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies along with such notable leaders as Jean Houston, Ph.D., and Larry Dossey, M.D. Suzanne serves as the Global Spokesperson of, an organization dedicated to the convergence of science and spirituality for personal and global transformation.

Suzanne has been a key presenter for organizations including Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, and the International Association for Near-Death Studies. She has held weekend retreats at well- known spiritual centers including Omega Institute, Lily Dale Assembly, and Unity Village.

Suzanne is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. She served as a commanding officer, as special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11. In addition to earning the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, she has a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs and taught political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. Her unexpected and fascinating career transformation to her current work is the subject of the documentary, Messages of Hope, which has been featured at several film festivals, including the Awakened World Film Festival sponsored by the Association for Global New Thought.

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Rev. Kevin Kitrell Ross

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Senior Minister, Unity of Sacremento

For over 20 years Kevin Kitrell Ross has been on a mission to inspire and empower everyday people to live extraordinary dreams. Whether it’s with his work as a celebrated life coach, radio show host, leadership consultant, author, or in his role as the Senior Minister and Chief Executive Officer of Unity of Sacramento, "Rev. Kev", as he is affectionately called, believes all people deserve to live lives of purpose, passion, peace and prosperity.

Ross is equally committed to co-creating a world that works for all. His work has taken him globally as a keynote conference speaker, workshop facilitator and adviser to business and political leaders. 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 Senior Fellow of the Mountain-Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, a member of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and he is respected for his role as a social justice activist. Ross is a three-time delegate to the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Global New Thought.

"Rev. Kev" has served as a guest chaplain for the California State Senate and he has been called on numerous occasions to conduct Cultural Competency Trainings for the California Department of Social Services.

He is a popular interview guest for numerous magazines, newspapers, blogs, radio and national television shows - including the Oprah Winfrey Show. 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.

Ross has been married 10 years to author, motivational speaker and creator of the Women for Equality movement, Anita Ross. Together, they have three children and reside in Sacramento, California.

Rev. Dr. David E. Ault

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Senior Minister, Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta

For over 30 years David Ault has been involved in the human potential movement as an unwavering crusader for spiritual evolution, global literacy and social justice. Whether through teaching, coaching, facilitation or musical artistry, David’s singular intention has always been in bridging our collective forgetfulness into our great collective reawakening. As an award winning author, spiritual teacher, minister, leadership coach and global education advocate, he loves leading through example and abides by the motto that people would rather see a sermon than hear one.
Currently, as an ordained minister through Centers for Spiritual Living, David is the senior minister for Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, a thriving and inclusive New Thought Center teaching ancient wisdom/new thought principles that center on the mind, body, spirit connection as the pathway to renewal. David’s weekly lectures, YouTube broadcasts and podcasts are viewed and heard by thousands.
Through his stateside non-profit, Kaleidoscope Child Foundation, David has established an ongoing fresh water well building facilitation project in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia, as well as creating two non-government regulated schools (NGO’s) that provide free education, medical/hygiene assistance, agricultural and life skills training – all against the odds of poverty and bureaucratic restriction. The schools, named Future Khmer Child, annually serve 480 children and young adults. The success of the Cambodian schools has inspired David to start replicating this education model in other third world environments with the spiritual mecca of Bodhgaya in the Behar region of India as his next venture.
An adventurer at heart, David has hiked the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, trekked across the entire country of Spain on the ancient pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago and summited Kilimanjaro in Africa. He regularly takes groups on sacred site journeys and continuously marvels at the wisdom gained through cultural immersion. As a respected teacher, writer and columnist, David is the author of the bestseller, Where Regret Cannot Find Me and the multi-award winning, The Grass Is Greener Right Here.
David resides in Atlanta, GA.

Ellen Grace O'Brian

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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a spiritual teacher, poet, writer, and the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California. She teaches nationally and internationally and has received several community service awards, including the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism. Her message is “engaged enlightenment” – an invitation to live a spiritually awake, creatively inspired and fulfilled life, now.

Along with her service as a meditation teacher and esteemed Yogacharya, Ellen Grace O’Brian is the Founder and President of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence educational project bringing meditation instruction to staff and children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society. She is the founder and President of Meru Institute, providing lifestyle education and leadership training in yoga studies, Ayurveda, and community service. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Transpersonal Counseling.

Yogacharya O’Brian’s published works include Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life and Living for the Sake of the Soul, and three volumes of poetry including the award-winning 2017 release: The Moon Reminded Me. She is editor of Enlightenment Journal and host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly podcast.


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