Rev. Sharon Dunn, M.A., Senior Minister
Rev. Sharon Dunn became the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living (SCSL) in April, 2015. She has lived in Northern California most of her adult life and has long been an active member of the Religious Science community.
She first attended the Santa Rosa Church of Religious Science where, in 1994, Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen became her first teacher. Rev. Sharon was initially licensed as a Practitioner in 2001 and in 2008 she began her ministerial training at the Santa Rosa Campus of the Holmes Institute. She graduated in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies.
Starting in 2001, Rev. Sharon became the Pastoral Care Director for the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living where she created a Pastoral Care educational model for the global community of Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL).
In 2012, Rev. Sharon was licensed as a minister by CSL and accepted the position of Staff Minister at the Oakland CSL, where she continued to lead the Pastoral Care program and the Practitioner team, teach classes and lead workshops as well as step in to hold the community during the transition between Senior Ministers.
In September 2014, Rev. Sharon released her formal relationship with the Oakland CSL following the urging of her inner guidance developed through Visioning and prayer. In this space of openness, synchronicity and Divine Right Action, Rev. Sharon was invited to be a guest speaker at our Center and from there, her relationship with this community blossomed.
Rev. Sharon was unanimously selected to be Senior Minister in March, 2015 and her first goal was to take us through the Affiliation Process with CSL; which we completed in August, 2015. In January, 2016, we celebrated both her formal Installation and her Ordination.
Rev. Sharon is the mother of three, and the beloved “Tutu” for two grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews, She and her husband, Chris, would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in May, 2018 but sadly 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.
Debbie Putnam, RScP
Board of Trustees
Debbie Putnam, RScP President
Rev. Sharon Dunn Senior Minister
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom Associate Minister & Secretary
Linda Connolly Vice President
Treasurer – Open Position
Music Director – Open Position