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Christian Science and community service were strong influences in my home growing up. I found fulfilling ways to help disadvantaged people over the years, but in college I became convinced that the best way to accomplish lasting justice and peace was Jesus’ path of breaking through the illusion of evil and many minds to the perfection of God’s spiritual universe. I wanted to devote myself to Christian Science healing, but wasn’t sure how to launch. My next step was to become a Christian Science nurse.
At an early age I found Christian Science to be the surest Comforter. It was my close companion from teen years into adulthood, healing and sustaining me during tough times and providing counsel and assurance through many decisions related to family, education, and career.
When my parents returned from Primary class, it was obvious they’d had a life-changing experience. It kindled a spiritual light whose brightness has illumined, blessed and sustained my marriage, family and career. It led my wife and me to take Primary class together two years later, and today shines actively at the heart of my healing practice, teaching and service to church. My early professional work in business-to-business advertising was rewarding, but that Christ-impelled glow was steadily becoming my own “heart burning within me”— a deepening desire to serve God and man in a much more substantial way.
My parents found Christian Science before I was ten, and our family had healings of an ulcer, smoking, and a serious foot wound in the first year. More followed, and so did my interest in all things Science—through Sunday School, then college. It was a yearning to understand the “how” as well as the “what” that then led to class instruction in London, and a desire for the public practice. After a stint in graduate school for theatre, I knew it wasn’t in me to pursue acting. Instead, prayer opened the way for tour-guiding at The Mother Church and selling advertising for The Christian Science Monitor , followed by a decade of editorial work on The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel , and Heralds . I began receiving requests for help through prayer as I became active in a branch church, and started writing for the periodicals. The Boston area became my home, and I later worked in the Committee on Publication, on Mother Church Annual Meetings, Mother Church Local Activities, The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and Reading Room Communications, as well as traveling for the Church. A part-time summer job had morphed into 25 years of spiritual adventure! I began Journal -advertising in 2005 and by 2009, felt God-assigned to Buffalo, New York, near where I had been born. Several months later came Normal class. Class instruction and Association are held in this storied city where Christian Science has had a presence for more than 120 years. And the best is on the horizon!
My family was introduced to Christian Science as a result of my great Uncle being healed of a debilitating disease. Growing up I had a great desire to travel and an early heartfelt desire to help others; so after training in childcare I did some voluntary work for Save the Children Fund, with Tibetan refugees in northern India.