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

Suzanne Giesemann

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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.

Rev Willow Scott

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Reverend Willow Scott has been an Independent New Thought Minister since 2004. As a lifelong student of metaphysics, and a student of the school of hard knocks, Rev Willow brings a passion for spiritual healing, along with a lot of heart and grit into her ministerial work. She has been a practitioner of A Course in Miracles since 1982 and a teacher of ACIM since 2007. She founded the Love Church of Maui, an Independent New Thought Ministry, in 2005 and led a small diverse congregation for 2 years. Currently Rev Willow is co-founder and senior Minister of the non profit One Love LGBTQ Youth Outreach Services. One Love focuses on helping LGBTQ youth who have been displaced and harmed by fundamentalist religions.

Mandy Cregan

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Mandy is an energetic healer as well as the owner of Body Mechanics Pilates and Bodywork in Portland, OR. Body Mechanics is a Pilates Studio and Wellness Center that offers sanctuary for people to allow the unfolding of their own transformation to take place. She began developing her Energy work after becoming certified in Pilates. It is deeply healing and is continuously evolving as a co-creative process with each person with whom she works. Her work gets to the root of whatever trauma is residing in your body, whether it be physical, emotional, or karmic and helps you move through the process of acknowledging and healing those patterns that reside within your physical, emotional and energetic bodies. In addition to personal Energy sessions Mandy does energetic space clearings of both homes and businesses. She also works with vibrational flower essences. She creates personalized essences to help support and ease people through stress and transition.

Harris Zafar

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Harris Zafar is National Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA – among the oldest Muslim organizations in America – and author of book “Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions.” Harris addresses issues facing Islam and the Muslim world in various media while also elucidating Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s global efforts towards pluralism and understanding. A staunch advocate for universal human rights, Harris was praised in a March 2012 motion raised on the floor of the House of Commons in Great Britain for his work defending religious freedom.

From college campuses like Harvard, Yale and Carnegie Mellon to interfaith services, churches and other public events, Harris has spoken across the United States and internationally. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Islamic Studies at two colleges, instructing courses about the teachings of Islam and the history of both the religion and its Prophet Muhammad. From Fox News and CNN to syndicated radio programs, he regularly appears on national and local news in print, TV and radio to provide insight on current issues from an Islamic perspective and to condemn intolerance and human rights abuses, especially when done in the name of religion.

Son of Pakistani parents, Harris was born and raised in the United States and maintains his identity as a Muslim and an American by following Islam’s commandment to be a loyal citizen of the country in which one resides. He is married with three beautiful children and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

- From Huffington Post

Jenn Tasnim Savage

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Jenn Tasnim Savage is a Master Sufi Teacher & Energy Healer who supports Sensitive and Empathic Leaders, WayShowers and ChangeMakers on their path of self-discovery. Using her connection to Source, she combines laser like intuition with ancient Sufi healing techniques to help you connect to your body, open your heart and understand the language of your Spirit. Together, you uncover patterns that hold you back as you re-discover your innate superpowers and courageously share your voice and gifts with the world.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ― Joseph Campbell

Jean Houston, PhD

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Scholar, Philosopher and Researcher
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It has been said that Jean Houston’s mind should be considered a national treasure. There’s a reason for that. Trained as a classical scholar, Jean stepped beyond her teaching positions at major universities to explore the untapped possibilities of the human mind and spirit starting over 60 years ago. Her work and publications drew the attention of leaders around the world and she stepped into the role of a mentor to Presidents of countries, social change agents, and those students on every continent who wanted to hone their personal potentials and put them to use.

Houston became a consultant for the United Nations and has written over 30 books advocating the spiritual genius in each and every person, and the necessary expression of that self-actuated human for good in the world. Deepak Chopra says “Jean Houston is the most important teacher of personal and social change today.” She is and always has been the dedicated champion of the human spirit.

Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC

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Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and cofounder of Be Nourished, LLC in Portland, OR. Her work encourages movement toward a compassionate model of radical self-care to heal body shame and patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. She is the co-creator of Body Trust® Wellness, a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator, and a transformational workshop leader. Hilary is a popular speaker on topics such as Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, and body respect in health care communities, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.


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