Rev. Sharon Dunn became the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living in April, 2015. She is a native Californian and has long been an active member of the Centers for Spiritual Living community.
She first attended the Santa Rosa center in 1994, where Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen became her first teacher. Rev. Sharon was initially licensed as a Practitioner in 2001 and after moving to Oakland, she became the Pastoral Care Director for the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living for eleven years. There she created a Pastoral Care educational model for the global community of Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL).
In 2008, she began her ministerial training, commuting to the Santa Rosa Campus of the Holmes Institute. She graduated in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies. In 2012, Rev. Sharon was licensed as a CSL minister and accepted the position of Staff Minister at the Oakland CSL, where she continued to lead the Pastoral Care program, the Practitioner team, workshops and teach classes, as well as step in to hold the community during the transition between Senior Ministers.
Rev. Sharon Dunn, M.A.
When in 2015 Rev. Sharon became the Senior Minister of what is now the Sacrament Center for Spiritual Living, her first goal was to take us through the Affiliation process with CSL, which was completed in August, 2015. In January, 2016, we celebrated both her formal Installation and her Ordination.
Rev. Sharon is the mother of three, two living children, and the beloved “Tutu” for two grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. She and her husband, Chris, celebrated forty-five years together before he made his transition on February 7, 2018. Rev. Sharon has a welcoming spirit and a genuine love of people. She loves family and considers her spiritual community both an extension of her family and an essential priority in her ministry. Holding a consciousness of love, communication, honoring of diverse cultures, ethnicity, and ability is what she stands for.
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom, Associate Minister Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom is the Associate Minister for the Center. Science of Mind has been the core of her spiritual path for 30+ years. She’s still as excited about learning and sharing these ideas now as when she walked into her first RSI church in Monterey. She encourages everyone to come and join the conversation.
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom
Rev. Debbie Putnam
Reverend Debbie Putnam is a newly minted minister from our very own Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living. She became a practitioner in 2013, and the path to ministry fell into her lap when a fellow practitioner from the same class took up his ministerial studies. The time was ripe—Debbie was already teaching and speaking, and ministry seemed the next logical step.
At least Spirit thought so. It seemed Spirit laid out every step just as she finished the previous one—the next class, the right resources and support, the perfect timing. When Debbie wanted to give up her ministerial studies in early 2020, it was her husband, Jim, who gave the wakeup call: “You are so close. Why wouldn’t you finish?” From then on, it was (almost) nonstop to the finish line.
All along, Debbie found ministerial studies an irresistible path of grace. She experienced repeated lessons in letting go of resistance and control and allowing Spirit to guide her path. She is currently expanding these lessons to other areas of her life.
A graduate of Stanford University, Debbie officially received her “Minister of Religious Science” credential from the Emerson Theological Institute on August 2, 2021. Emerson has provided New Thought ministerial programs and degrees, with a focus on Science of Mind, since 1992. Debbie’s many classes included self-study of World Religions and Ministerial Ethics and group classes on leadership, organizational work, and compassionate care.
Debbie has a husband and four adult children who are incredibly loving and supportive, and family is one of her passions. She also enjoys friends, nature, and writing novels. Her mission is to empower people to transform their lives, creating a world of Joy and Love—and to live these principles her own life, every day.
Linda first discovered Science of Mind in 2015. The teachings deeply resonated with her soul. She took the first class offered and did not stop, leading her to become a Licensed Practitioner in 2019. Science of Mind teachings infuse all areas of her life. This passion led her to discover Heart-Centered Living, which she offers during open Wisdom Wednesdays. Linda has also served as both Vice President and President of the Board. In 2020 she listened to her heart and organized our Outreach Program, which is active in our local community.
Linda Connolly, RScP
Margie Lueckfeld retired in 2003 and lives in Cameron Park, CA. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Jerry (Luker) Lueckfeld, who made his Divine Transition June of 2018. They have three children and two granddaughters. In 1983 she found the Church of Religious Science in the Bay Area and has been an active member since. She joined MCSL, known as the Center for Creative Living in 1989. She studied under Rev. Robin Davidson and has been a Professional Licensed Religious Science Practitioner since 2009. She has served on the Leadership Counsel at least six times and as Director of the Youth and Family Services.
Margie Lueckfeld, RScP
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