About Us

We are a welcoming community that embraces many spiritual paths. There is no dogma here. No one will tell you what to think or how you should act. Our community celebrates diversity. We believe in freedom, personal accountability, and mutual respect.

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Our Founders

Drs Kenn and Deborah Gordon founded the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna in 1994. Since then, the community has grown to include many staff ministers, spiritual coaches, and a vibrant community of members.


Dr Deborah Gordon

Senior Minister

Dr Deborah began studying the Science of Mind in 1986 in Palm Desert, California. After graduation from ministerial school in 1993, she and her husband, Dr Kenn, brought the teaching to their hometown of Kelowna.

Dr Deborah has a degree in psychology,  has served on committees of the parent CSL organization, and is currently the treasurer of the Science of Mind Library and Archives Board.

Barbara Samuel

Musical Director

Reverend Barb brings an energetic and heartfelt connectedness to Sunday Services as our Musical and Artistic Director. She oversees guest musicians and special services with her Co-Director and husband, Neal Klassen. About once a month, Barb leads Soul Food Sunday, a service filled with uplifting music and inspiration, and Neal shares amusing anecdotes through Science Corner.



We have an amazing group of licensed staff ministers who support the spiritual leadership of the Centre. They teach classes, lead workshops, give inspiring talks, and work one-to-one with congregants to assist them in discovering the magnificence within.

Licensed ministers are qualified to perform a number of functions. Not only are they licensed practitioners, they also provide spiritual (pastoral) counselling and care. They are registered with BC Vital Statistics to perform weddings, and other rites of passage ceremonies.

Photo:  2018 Ordination Ceremony

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Barbara Samuel

Corinne Crockett (LOA)

Diane Hockey


Gwen Smith

Jeanette Vinek

Melody Bailey


Spiritual Coaches

A spiritual coach or licensed practitioner is trained in the art and science of positive prayer (also called spiritual mind treatment).

Practitioners see the divine magnificence in every person and know the greater good in every situation. They are committed to their own spiritual practice and they are in service to others. Let them support you in finding the divine truth in your current situation. If you are facing a challenge in your life; if you are feeling lost in any way; or if you just want to be reminded of the greatness within you, consult a spiritual coach.

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Amanda Pope

Barb Duffy (LOA)

Irene Kowalchuk


Derek Hinchliffe

Joanne Marie

Pauline Weninger


Jade (Irene) Harms




"Teach and practice, practice and teach – that is all we have; that is all we are good for; that is all we ever ought to do."

— Ernest Holmes


Board of Trustees

Dr Deborah Gordon

Senior Minister

Amanda Pope



Vice President


Derek Hinchliffe


Margaret Timuss


Ann Lotwin



Melody Bailey


Annie Zalezsak


Fred Blunden


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Prayer Request

Spiritual support is available to you at any time. Contact us to express your need. Your request is sent to our licensed practitioner team who are delighted to support, serve and pray with you.

Know that the moment you seek a better experience the healing has already begun.


There are a many ways to be contribute to our spiritual community.

Contact Gwen Smith for more information about volunteering with the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna.

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