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
Barbara Samuel and Neal Klassen
Amanda Pope

Dr Deborah Gordon

Spiritual Director

Dr Deborah brings a profound depth and wisdom to her role as the Spiritual Director with 35 years of study of the Science of Mind. She oversees the spiritual programming and pastoral aspects of the community, and she provides leadership to the practitioners and staff ministers. Dr Deborah brings grace and compassion as a teacher, leader, and speaker. She has served in many roles with the global organization, Centers for Spiritual Living.

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.

Amanda Pope

Executive Director

Amanda brings a background in business and education to her role as the Executive Director. She oversees the operations, community development and fundraising aspects of the organization. Amanda is also a licensed practitioner and ministerial student.

 

Ministers

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

Barbara Samuel

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Gwen Smith

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Melody Bailey

 
Gwen Smith

Corinne Crockett (LOA)

Jeanette Vinek

Jeanette Vinek

Melody Bailey

Diane Hockey

 

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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Derek Hinchliffe

Barb Duffy

Barb Duffy (LOA)

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Joanne Marie

 
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Amanda Pope

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​Irene Kowalchuk

Pauline Weninger

Pauline Weninger

 
Jade (Irene) Harms

Jade (Irene) Harms

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"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

Dr Deborah Gordon

Spiritual Director

Amanda Pope

Amanda Pope

President

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Vice President

 
Derek Hinchliffe

Derek Hinchliffe

Treasurer

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Margaret Timuss

Secretary

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Ann Lotwin

Member

 
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Melody Bailey

Member

Annie Zalezsak

Annie Zalezsak

Member

Fred Blunden

Fred Blunden

Member

 
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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.

Volunteer

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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