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About Our Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are among the most talented in the industry.

Rev. Alva Garnes has been our Interim Minister since January 2012. He has been involved in the New Thought Spiritual Movement for at least 25 years. He was a student under the direction of many well known Religious Science Ministers such as Rev. Henry Couperus, Dr. Dominic Pollafrone, Dr. Stuart Grayson and Dr. Alfred Miller. Rev. Alva is a graduate of the College of Divine Metaphysics and a graduate of the New Seminary of New York. Rev. Alva was mentored by Dean Diane Burke and Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. Rev. Alva is available for weddings, baptisms, christenings, baby naming, funeral and other special services. Rev. Alva has been involved with the Westchester community for many years.


Rev. Marilyn Jackson has been an Ordained Minister for 20 years and for the past 5 years is serving as the Spiritual Leader at Unity East Church Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She has served in ministry in many capacities with several churches as: Director of Youth Education , Director of Spiritual Education, Keynote Speaker, as well as Hospital Chaplain & Workshop Presenter.

Rev. Marilyn presently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region.

In 2017 she will complete a Bachelorette at the State University of NY, with a concentration in Organizational Development.


Joyce Jackson began taking classes at First Church Religious Science in NYC in 1980 and has never stopped. She earned her first Practitioner license in 1986 and became a staff minister in 1995. She has taught classes, given lectures on Sundays and weekdays. She currently conducts the Tuesday Noon Time and is in charge of the Treatment Department. She speaks at other churches within the area. While the organization was Religious Science International, she held supportive volunteer positions to benefit different chairs of the organization.

As a retired librarian (from one of the three NYC's public library system--Brooklyn Public Library), she finds she continues the satisfactory service of assisting those seeking answers.


Rev. John Hannes

Staff Minister of the Spiritual Living Center of Morristown, NJ Rev. John’s background is unusual for a New Thought minister. With a career as an engineer and business leader, John came to New Thought during a spring awakening after a health challenge. He has served as a guest speaker and workshop presenter throughout the US, Europe and Asia. John's Sunday lessons blend the poetic and the mystical with the practical to explore life’s questions and meaning. As a practitioner he provides spiritual counseling that helps individuals know a higher truth and greater growth in their lives. At Morristown, Rev. John serves as a staff minister, Board Advisor leading Visioning and Financial Planning, Teen advisor, Youth teacher and Men’s group facilitator in support of the community. In his classes students gain deeper insights into themselves while learning to apply Spiritual Principle. His spiritual hero is Ralph Waldo Emerson with whom he shares a love Nature and writing. Blogs: LinkedIn Profile: .