|Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman is community spiritual leader of the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living in Oakland, California. After graduating from high school, she entered the Immaculate Heart Convent, during which time she received her B.A. from Immaculate Heart College and, subsequently, a California secondary teaching credential. Several years after leaving the convent, she discovered Religious Science, and became an ardent student of Truth. Eventually, she became a licensed spiritual practitioner and, many years later, a minister.
She is one of the original vision core members of the Agape International Spiritual Center, where she served on the Board of Trustees, established and directed One From The Heart, one of the largest pastoral care ministries in new thought; The Education ministry, Community Outreach, Programs and Events and the steering committee for the Revelation Conferences.
Rev. Joan developed a certified Practical Mysticism and Vision I curriculum for UCRS/UCSL. For many years, she has served on the faculty of Holmes Institute School of Ministry. She assisted in the development of an internship program and has taught classes in Southern California, Seattle and Northern California. She has served on the UCRS/UCSL Vision Core and on both convention and Asilomar planning committees.
She has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at Religious Science conventions, Asilomar-Eastern Conferences- the annual Gathering, as well as local television and radio talk shows. She has facilitated numerous workshops and retreats nationally and internationally. She continues to speak at many New Thought centers and churches throughout the country guiding and applying the spiritual practice of visioning. She has written daily meditations for various New Thought publications, such as the Science of Mind Magazine, International New Thought Alliance magazine, and Inner Visions for the Agape Center and community. Presently, Rev. Joan serves on the Advisory Council for the Association for Global New Thought, is a member of the Oakland Coalition of Congregations, and the East Bay Interfaith Clergy for Worker Justice, non denominational diverse faith based organizations advocating peace and a higher quality of life for Oakland-surrounding communities and the world. Under her leadership, Oakland Center for Spiritual Living has launched the Season for Peace and Nonviolence campaign in Oakland unifying the community in a consciousness of peace filled programs.
After facilitating a visioning workshop and participating in panels at the Ministry Development Conference in 2007; her center hosted the Ministry Development Conference for the International New Thought Alliance in 2008.
As senior minister at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, Rev Joan has established a culture of visioning and fully embraces the new organizational model. Hence, bringing forth many new ministries that implement, integrate, enlighten; and include programs addressing, supporting and encouraging a world that works for everyone!
On March 29th, 2001 Rev. Joan Steadman was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. On April 27, 2002, she was presented with the Gandhi.King.Ikeda award for serving her community and the world through dedication to peace, unity, nonviolence and justice, and most recently, the United Centers for Spiritual Living recognized her years of service by honoring her with a Doctorate of Divinity
She is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, all girls!
The desire of her heart is the transformation of the planet through the active practice of the principles of the Science of Mind and Spirit in community.
|Rev. Eunice I. Chalfant is currently serving Oakland Center for Spiritual Living as their first Executive Director. Previously she was the founding minister of the Agape Global Heart Community, an independent community located in Dayton, OH from 2008 through April 2011.
First Ordained in Religious Science (1997) and later with the Agape Universal Movement, Rev. Eunice has served as a minister for seventeen years and a licensed practitioner for twenty-five years. Her experience leading up to the ministry started with a BS Degree in Social Services from the California State Polytechnic University, graduate courses in marketing and professional development, and later graduating from the Ernest Holmes College with a ministerial degree. She also completed a four year Pastoral Counseling Program through the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH.
From 2009– 2011, Rev. Eunice served on the Board of Directors for the Dayton International Peace Museum. She was active in community educational programs, interfaith organizations, and taught weekly classes in mysticism and metaphysics.
Prior to founding the Agape Global Heart Community in 2008, Rev. Eunice served as the Executive Director of Agape International Spiritual Center during the period of rapid expansion due to the success of “The Secret” and Dr. Beckwith’s appearance on “Oprah”. She was with Agape International from its inception in 1986, having served on the first Board of Trustees and Vision Core.
From 1995 through 2004, Rev. Eunice was the Senior Minister at the Celebration of Life Church in Dayton, Ohio. She was active in the community through the anchoring of the Season for Nonviolence, the Teen Summit Programs, and co-founded the Dayton Partnership for Peace, a collation of community agencies dedicated to promoting peace and unity. From 1998 – 2000, Rev Eunice served as the Ecclesiastical Officer (EO) in District IV mentoring ministers and churches east of the Rockies. In addition, she served on the Steering Committee for the annual gathering of UCRS 2003 and 2004, and on the United Clergy Council (UCORS).
On March 29, 2001, Rev. Eunice was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia
Even before officially starting her ministry, from 1984–1994, Rev. Eunice served as the Regional Youth Director of Religious Science, facilitating three national camps each year. After becoming a licensed minister in 1994, her first position was with the United Life Church in Oklahoma City, serving as youth minister.
Rev. Eunice brings extensive business background to her ministry having held management positions with HM Electronics, Inc. and starting Sunwest Marketing, a manufacturer’s representative firm serving the professional audio industry.
|Rev. Jescie France is the director/coordinator of Pastoral Care, Community Services and the Wednesday Evening Services (Oasis) at OCSL. She holds a Masters Degree in Leadership and Spirituality from the University of Creation Spirituality, and is a Licensed Minister with United Centers for Spiritual Living. Rev. Jescie has been a spiritual leader and teacher throughout the Bay Area since 1984, and for two decades served as a hospice chaplain and bereavement specialist.|