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Senior Minister Candidate Weekends

Dear CSLSJ Community,

On behalf of the CSLSJ Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to share with you that this last Sunday we publicly announced our two candidates for consideration to succeed Dr. David Bruner as our Senior Minister!

I want to thank you for your quiet, prayerful support and patience as the dedicated and diligent Search Team, and then the Board of Trustees, worked to vet, interview, and select these candidates. It has been an extensive and thorough process that, as with many things worth doing well, has taken us more time than anticipated. We are excited that the day is finally here to move on to the public phase of the process.

Our candidates are Rev. Rafe Ellis and Rev. Rasheryl McCreary. They will each visit our community next month for a “candidating” weekend that will allow our community to get to know them, and allow them to get to know us.

Both Rev. Ellis and Rev. McCreary are strongly grounded in Science of Mind philosophy and practice, and offer a wide spectrum of experience, both ecclesiastical and secular, that would benefit our community and lead CSLSJ into its best era ever! We hope you will be able to invest some time to meet them!

Rev. Ellis will join us on Sunday, August 14th and Rev. McCreary will join us on Sunday, August 21st. You will have several opportunities to connect with them, both in-person and virtually, on the Sundays of their respective candidating weekends. Those attending Sunday Services, and/or their respective workshops, will have an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience via an online survey, or privately with a paper survey at the Concierge table.

Each weekend, both Services and the Q&A session will be recorded and links to those recordings will be made available afterwards.

The public Sunday schedules include:
9:30 and 11 am: Deliver Sunday Service message
12:00 pm: Host live Q&A session moderated by Dr. David – Sanctuary, in-person and via Zoom
12:45 pm: Meet and greet! – Fellowship Hall, in-person only
2:30 pm: Free workshop – Sanctuary, in-person and via Zoom

Each Candidate weekend will conclude on Monday with our staff spending dedicated time with our candidates.

Sunday, August 14, 2022
Rev. Rafe Ellis
I am a servant leader, a lifelong seeker of spiritual truth and a spiritually motivated social activist committed to humanity’s revelation of its’ magnificence in the hearts of all people.
As a minister I am guided by an uncompromising sacred covenant to BE a living experience and example of the very Wholeness and Oneness of Creation Itself.

I bring a wealth of transferable skills gained in a variety of professional sectors both for profit and not-for-profit. I am seeking a Senior Minister position in service to an engaged and inclusive spiritual community committed to maximizing my skills, talents, and abilities in collaboration and partnership with their own; a spiritual community that is committed to growing from the inside out through nurturing both its members and the members of the community beyond the Center’s walls.

Sunday, August 21, 2022
Rev. Rasheryl McCreary
I am an Executive Leadership Coach and the CEO of TAO Leadership Development, Inc. where I have trained/coached leaders in organizations such as: American Express, P&G, HBO, PayPal, and Harvard Business School.

​Most importantly, I grew up in Religious Science. I have been a member of eleven CSL churches since childhood. In 1993 I became a licensed Practitioner under the tutelage of Michael Beckwith at Agape.

I have served the greater CSL community as a member of the CSL Leadership Council, a keynote/guest speaker, workshop/retreat facilitator, Board and business consultant and leadership coach.

Currently I sit on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Foundation for Women. I graduated from Ministerial School at Holmes Institute in June 2021.

We look forward to your continued prayerful and active support of our candidating process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me (

All the best,

David Field
Chair, Board of Trustees
Center for Spiritual Living San José