Each and every one of us is a magnificently unique expression of Spirit. Sometimes we are in need of remembering this Truth of who we are. Practitioners assist in reminding us of our Truth. The Ministry of Prayer Practitioners are those who have walked the path of Understanding and Knowing Truth. They are trained through the study of the Science of Mind. They are skilled in the art of Prayer Treatment or affirmative prayer. They welcome requests for prayer treatments on any desires or challenges you may have.
Click the email icon underneath any practitioner’s name to request an affirmative prayer. Or submit the brief form at right and we will direct your request to an appropriate practitioner.
Our Practitioners and Intern Practioners
Dr. Heather is the Director of the Center in charge of all day-to day business affairs. In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, she sets the vision, mission, goals, objectives and policies of the Center. Dr. Heather is responsible for the staff and determines the scope, nature and course of their respective duties and authority.…
Rev. Judee Chapman has been a student of New Thought philosophy her entire life as she attended the Unity “Church of Truth” in Pasadena, Ca. for many years. Since 1988, she has been a student of Science of Mind and a Religious Science minister since 2003. Her ministry includes organizing and facilitating the mid-week service “Wednesday’s Wisdom – Practicing the Presence,” as well as performing weddings and memorial services. Rev. Judee is a dynamic speaker, leader and teacher. This flourishing service is not only a mid-week faith lift but also an opportunity for ministers and practitioners to speak about the Science of Mind.
In addition to her duties as Youth Director, Rev. Pattie has served as one of two Assistant Ministers at our center since 2011. An ordained minister, Rev. Pattie’s ability to wear many hats has her moving easily from youth church to teaching adult classes, and on to the platform for a midweek faith lift at the Wednesday Wisdom Service or the occasional Sunday morning Celebration Service. Rev. Pattie enjoys performing weddings, memorial services and unique rituals as well as facilitating classes for all ages. As the Assistant Minister working full time at the center a primary responsibility of Rev. Pattie is to be Dr. Heather’s back up whenever she is away. Rev. Pattie believes in the power of spiritual community and cherishes her extended church family as a place to give and receive our gifts.
Rev. Bruce is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing in Laguna Hills, California since 1982. He is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Child Specialist and Divorce Coach with Collaborative Divorce Solutions and a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Rev. Bruce is also a professional speaker who brings wit and humor into everything he does.
Rev. Karyn has been in the Science of Mind teachings and at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley since 1998, and has served in just about every volunteer position available over the years. Currently she facilitates the events and/or services that include the arts (music, movement, visual arts, etc…). She became a licensed minister of the Centers for Spiritual Living in 2011, ordained 2014, and oversees the Creative Arts Ministry of the center. In addition to her ministry, she is also the center’s bookkeeper.
Rev. Karyn has been a dancer since 1974, has been a performing musician since 2003, and her instructing background includes three years as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Saddleback Valley School District and two years as a Creative Dance Instructor for toddlers, and she has been teaching the Science of Mind since 2011. Her ministry incorporates her knowledge and embodiment of the Science of Mind philosophy with her performing arts and teaching background to create an inspiring method of learning about one’s self through creativity. She believes that everyone has a unique gift to share with the world and it can be revealed through the Science of Mind teachings and the arts.
Rev. Karyn was born and raised in Dana Point, CA and currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA. She has three children and one grandchild, all of whom are the lights of her life. She is a sports fan, enjoys yummy food, and loves to laugh out loud to her favorite television show, “The Big Bang Theory”. A favorite quote of hers by Martha Graham reads, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”
Rev. Arpad Petrass has been a member of this congregation since 1992. He was ordained as a Center For Spiritual Living Minister in 2013.
Rev Arpad has served as Spiritual Director at the Center for Spiritual Living South County, a Staff Minister at the Pacific Center for Religious Science, and currently serves our center as Staff Minister. He is a gifted speaker and spiritual teacher that loves motivating individuals to change their lives through Spiritual Awareness. He says: “Don’t settle for being Ordinary. Try to become Extraordinary in everything that you do!”
When Rev Arpad is not speaking or teaching he has over 40 years in Creative Entertainment as a Scenic and Lighting Designer and Technical Director.
He is an award winning Photographer that enjoys finding and sharing beauty in everything that he sees.
He prides himself as being a family man and has been with his lovely wife Peg over 40 years and has two wonderful children Jessica and Bryan.
Rev. Carla has been an avid student in the study of metaphysics and the spiritual path. This passion led her to studying the Science of Mind course work and becoming a licensed practitioner. Fueled with God’s direction and the love of this philosophy, Carla became a licensed minister in 2011 and was ordained in 2016.
Rev. Carla served as a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Newport Mesa for five years, prior to being led to Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley in 2016. During that time, she served as the Director of Practitioners, Center Chaplin, and assisted presiding at Sunday Services each week. Carla’s role at the CSLCV is clergy of the Healing Ministry and Congregation Outreach. Knowing that life is perfect, but not always easy, it is Carla’s great honor to offer spiritual support and guidance to the members of our community.
Rev. Carla enjoys teaching accredited Science of Mind classes, speaking, spiritual counseling, performing weddings, memorials, and christening ceremonies. In addition, she has twice traveled to Bali as a spiritual leader and co-director, as it is her joy to passionately live and share our teaching wherever she is.
Rev. Carla is a native of California and currently resides in San Clemente. She is married to Stephen, has three children and is the prideful grandmother of three. Her passions are gardening, cooking, reading and to live with a deep spiritual connection with all of life and to share it generously with others.
Raised as a Roman Catholic in parochial school for ten years, Fred had a deep connection with God/Spirit from a very early age. His Catholic upbringing established a solid spiritual base from which he later branched out into a more universal acceptance of many spiritual paths that were all to be honored. As so many others he went onto seeking a resonance with Spirit and the world around him. Finding Religious Science in 1986 the resonance was found. He and his wife Rev. Pattie Mercado were married that same year and have called the Capistrano Valley Church home since then. Raising their two children Amanda, and Alexander in the church their sense of church family is strong.
Outside of church Fred has participated as a volunteer in a number of organizations over the years participating on various boards such as the Orange County Hunger Project, Orange County Task Force, and The Free Dental Clinic Project.
In the Church, Fred has been a longtime volunteer serving on the board as treasurer from 1998 thru 2006. He has recently rejoined the board in November of 2012, serving now as President.
After becoming a member of the Centers for Spiritual Living in Oct. of 2006 and enjoying a year of choir I starting taking classes. I immediately noticed the light within brighten and have remained a student of the principles of Science of Mind ever since. I am a licensed practitioner and currently serve on our youth team, choir, events team and recently took on a leadership role in membership. I joined the Board of Trustees in July of 2013 and enjoy the work and consciousness of our Trustees immensely.
Applying the principles of the Science of Mind to my daily activities has changed my life and it makes my heart sing to watch these principles, when applied, unfold in the lives of others.
I am a native Californian and live in Laguna Hills. I am a proud mother of two adult men. I enjoy cooking, spending time with myself, family and friends, being in nature and going to the performing arts of all genres. I am currently the Director of Marketing and Business Development in the construction industry.
I became a Practitioner in 2001. It was the last Practitioner class that treated for our new minister, Dr. Heather. I became a Practitioner because of my love for classes, Spiritual growth and connection.
My volunteer positions currently are Practitioner, Choir, Hospitality and Teen Group Advisor. I started helping in our Youth Church when my children were young and have enjoyed my spiritual work as a Teen Advisor since 2005. I love camp!!
I live in Mission Viejo with my husband, Jerry, son, Brian, and daughter, Angela. We have 2 dogs, Lizzie and Keanu.
I love sunsets and walking in Dana Point. I enjoy some hobbies such as a Women’s Bowling League, outdoor volleyball and some knitting.
Patrick Freeman has been a Licensed Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living – Capistrano Valley since 2013. He is also a member of the choir. As a long-time student of the Science of Mind, Patrick has always lived a spiritual life but found his heart’s home at CSLCV. Patrick and his wife, Joann, run a successful insurance agency specializing in health insurance including Medicare. Born and raised in San Francisco, he has served in the US Army, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. He enjoys swimming, skiing, sailing and hiking in his spare time and also spending time with his three adult children.
Dave has been a Practitioner of Science of Mind since the Summer of 2013. An active member of CSLCV, Dave is the organizer and facilitator of the Men’s Group, part of the Choir, and helps with the Youth program. He also acts as a teaching assistant, and is generally around to help out with whatever needs to be done. For him, “the process of becoming a Practitioner was one of the best things I’ve done, up until now. The revealing to me of my pure Truth was and continues to be well worth the journey. While I am and will always be on my adventure in personal discovery, I am also able to assist. others with their life challenges. I consider this a tremendous gift.
Dave is a lover of music, sports and anything outside. Travel is also a favorite activity. Born and raised in Ohio, and fortunate enough to call Boston home for 25 years, Southern California has been home for Dave for 10 years.
Aidan Joined the Center in 2007 and became a trustee in 2009. In addition to his work as a trustee, Aidan volunteers as an usher, in hospitality, on the Home that We Own committee, as a practitioner and on our Commitment Experiment. Aidan has a warm gentle soul and wants the best for himself and everyone he knows. He wants to best possible experiences for our Center. He believes that through Affirmative Prayer all things are possible. He became a trustee so he could contribute to the good of the Center. He loves his career as a mortgage loan originator who works with real estate agents and their clients in buying and selling homes.
Amy has been a member at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley since 2011. Amy has been an active student regularly taking classes offered at the Center to gain a deeper understanding and active use of the Science of Mind principles.
Jeanne has been a licensed practitioner of the Science of Mind for 15 years. Jeanne says about her work as a practitioner, “I believe that everything that comes to us in life, comes to bring us more joy and that has proven true in my life. I started practitioner training to grow and really learn the tools to attract the life I wanted. And I grew to where what I really wanted was to be love. I became licensed because I wanted to help others attract the good they deserve into their lives and become all they want to be. And I love doing that.” Her hobbies include, reading, writing, traveling, cooking, learning — always learning, playing bridge, and walking the beach here in San Clemente and the mountains of Colorado. “The ocean and the mountains are my soul’s two homes and places where I find it easiest to know Spirit.”
Pamela (Pam) Rocke is a licensed Practitioner of Science of Mind since 2011. As a member of Center for Spiritual Living – Capistrano Valley since 2004, Pam has acted in various leadership roles at the Center. Currently, Pam is the assistant Practitioner to Rev. Alene Kramer and is the Sunday Coordinator responsible for the successful flow of our Sunday Services. Pam says about Science of Mind, “I believe this teaching, Science of Mind, is the best path to a life and world that provides everyone with peace, dignity, and enough resources to live a hearty, love filled life. As a licensed Practitioner, I make a difference in the world by working with people directly, and by strengthening this particular spiritual community.”
Hans Smith has been a member of CSL since 2000. He has been serving as a practitioner for the last 7 years. He is very happy to serve in this and in other capacities in our center. Hans lives the good life here in San Clemente, and works in the Landscape and appraisal fields.
Hans is a people person and loves to do treatments so people can see the divinity that resides within each and every one of us. He sees every person as a precious blessing in his life, and encourages all of us to be our highest, best, and most evolved human we can be. Hans is happy to serve all members of his center family in any way he can.
Toni has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living – Capistrano Valley since 1997. She is a licensed Practitioner of Science of Mind and the leader of the Animal Kinship Ministry. She enjoys singing in the choir and teaching in the Youth Church. She also acts as a pleasant greeter on Sunday mornings and gives her time on the Hospitality committee. She “believes in service and the oneness of all Life. This led her to become a vegan in 1982 and to get involved with the Animal Kinship Ministry. “We support the human-animal bond through prayer, education and service.”
Kathy has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley since 2003. She serves as a licensed Practitioner for this Center because “I know prayer changes everything. Love and service has been my pathway to Spirit, so it’s not a surprise that I head up the Volunteers Ministry. I serve in hospitality, bookstore and I am a Practitioner for the Animal Kinship Ministry. I have been in recovery since 1998 and one of my favorite things to do is to teach our Principles.”
Karen is a designer in the gift industry, creating beautiful products for the marketplace. She is an artist in life; painting and drawing are her passions and considers them essential to her spiritual practices.
Karen discovered Science of Mind around 2002. she left service that first Sunday knowing she had found a spiritual path that she could embrace. Karen sings in the choir, serves on the board of trustees and generally pitches in where she can.