Rev. Bob Deen D.D., President, comes to Centers for Spiritual Living Midtown from Golden Colorado where for the past four years he has been the Professional Education Manager for Centers for Spiritual Living and President of Holmes Institute. A Religious Science minister since 1995, Dr. Bob received his ministerial training from Dr. Kennedy Shultz here in Atlanta.

He has served Centers in Florida and California prior to ten years as Senior Minister for the Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living in Paoli, PA. Dr. Bob holds several degrees: a bachelor in Education, Masters in Church Music, Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Divinity Degree. He brings a rich background in ministry having been first licensed as a Baptist Minister at age 19.

His interests cover a range of spiritual traditions and philosophical systems of thought. Sometimes referred to as a weaver of spiritual traditions, Dr. Bob understands the Science of Mind teaching of Dr. Ernest Holmes as the lens through which all others can be understood. He brings a deep belief in principle as presented by the Science of Mind, along with wisdom, humor, and love to this ministry.

 Robert (Bob) L. Townsend has followed and studied the SOM teaching since he came to Atlanta in 2007 and has been an active member of CSLMidtown 6 months after its 2011 founding. His daily affirmation and favorite line in our Declaration of Principle is: “… All thought is creative and how I choose to think creates my personal experience….”

Bob Townsend is a business coach, consultant and mentor with over 40 years of senior level corporate and entrepreneurial experience in building consumer facing and B2B businesses. As an effective communicator and manager, he has demonstrated a full range of leadership skills in brand and product management, sales, marketing, content development, acquisition and distribution, digital technology, general management, building high-performance teams and enhancing a company’s ability to: Crystallize a vision; Position a new initiative, Identify partnerships, alliances and other opportunities; Evaluate under-performing or troubled business assets; Drive Strategic Programs through organizational complexities; and, Build and foster internal and external relationships.

He has received numerous industry awards and has sat on a number of boards including: Development Fund and Board of Trustees, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ; Board of Directors, Cable Television Administration and Marketing Society (CTAM); CTAM TAMI Award for creating a national chapter structure; The Carl Weinstein Sales Achievement Award, Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB); Black Achievers in Industry, YMCA of Greater New York; Marketing Award, National Association of Minorities in Cable, Inc.  He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Bob is a graduate of Howard University with a BA in business/economics as well as graduate studies in marketing management at Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York.

A New Year’s baby with a Catholic up-bringing in southwest Louisiana, Doug Moody, RScP, Music and Sunday Celebration Lead, moved to Atlanta after graduating from LSU in 1985.  He soon discovered Religious Science in January 1986 under the ministry of Rev. Kennedy Shultz at the Woodruff Arts Center.  Following a Master of Science Degree in Commercial Real Estate Finance and a 1988 job transfer to Washington, DC, Doug relocated back to Atlanta in 1995 and eagerly returned to Dr. Shultz’s services and classes.  He began and completed the CSL course work all the way up to Practitioner level.  Doug headed “the call” to Practitioner Classes and service in 2013 and completed his Practitioner studies via The Holmes Institute.  Doug is grateful for the opportunity of studying, learning, and interacting with fellow Practitioners from Religious Science communities from across the USA and Canada in its weekly on-line class format.  His Practitioner studies were capped by a retreat and graduation in California under the mentorship of Dr. Reverend Christina Tillotson in June 2015 where he met and instantly resonated with Dr. Reverend Bob Deen.  Doug has served as a licensed Religious Science Practitioner with CSL Midtown since.

Doug’s most admired inspiration is Mother Nature and often feels most “at home” out in the wilderness – camping, hiking, skiing, paddling, snorkeling, writing, or meditating.  Doug is an Eagle Scout, a pianist and composer, a genealogist, a foodie and cook, an avid gardener, and has worked in his Commercial Real Estate consulting practice (SITUS Properties, LLC) for the past thirteen years as a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.  Doug is blessed with a most wonderful and supportive family, his beloved partner of over 22 years, community member Gregg Pavlak, and their English Labrador Retriever.  He treasures CSL Midtown – its staff, Ministers, fellow Practitioners, volunteers, and each of its members with love, support, and heartfelt joy in re-discovering and bringing forth the Spiritual Magnificence of every soul.

David Gibbs

Karen Childs, Secretary and Membership Development Team Lead 

Cynthia McCarthy, Social Media Team Lead, discovered Centers for Spiritual Living in 2012, while studying to become an interfaith minister. Ordained in 2015 by the American Interfaith Holistic Temple, she holds a Masters of Holistic Theology.  Drawn to the Science of Mind teaching, she plans to begin Licensed Spiritual Practitioner training in the fall of 2020.

Cynthia has served churches and spiritual organizations for many years, as Director of Christian Education for First Congregational Church in Reno, NV, and as Interim Interfaith Minister for First Christian Church in Rome, GA. She currently serves as Director of Social Media and Communications for World Awake, an organization serving interfaith clergy and spiritual care professionals.

An experienced guest speaker and lecturer, Cynthia also facilitates small group classes, workshops, and book studies. In 2018, Cynthia created Spirit on the Spot, LLC, as a way to bring progressive New Thought principles into the home with everyday products that inspire, uplift, and unite. She writes a blog and records an interfaith, uplifting podcast available on: or It is her great pleasure to be serving on the board of CSL Midtown.

Lynne Tompkins Brice, Social Media and Membership Development Team, …. My husband Rick, and I came across an article about The Center for Religious Science in a Saturday edition of the AJC in 2004. We’d been alternating between attending Presbyterian services and camping out on the sofa on Sunday mornings for several years. Reverend Paul Gonyea was in his early years at the podium at the services held at Woodruff Arts Center. We have missed very few Sundays since then.

A few years later I sold my specialty food business and found myself with time on my hands and days without purpose. Things that I had learned on Sunday mornings began to make practical sense. I was, indeed, in charge of my days, in fact, my years. So I dusted off my bachelor of fine arts degree and started taking art classes again. And I told myself I could do this. Because all thought is creative, right?

Today I have more knowledge and confidence in the gift I inherited from my Mom and a steady flow of commissions keeps me in art supplies and travel. It’s my new personal experience and thanks to this teaching, I give it to myself every day. CSL Midtown is my spiritual home. I look forward to coming each week to spend time with friends and get a new wrinkle or two in my brain. I’m hoping to be able to be an integral part of building a strong community of members on purpose here.

Vance Blew

Vance Blew, Treasurer and Financial Development, was a founding board member of the Center for Spiritual Living Midtown Atlanta and served on the board for three years. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Northpoint Church of Religious Science in Alpharetta, GA and on the board of the First Church of Religious Science in San Jose, CA.

Vance is a Sr Loan office with SWBC Mortgage and has been with them since 2010 and started in the Mortgage industry in 2004. Prior to that he spent 20 years working in Information Technology for a few firms in Illinois where he grew up, and then in the Bay Area in California. He moved to GA in 1998, he is married to Rev. Dr. John Karn, lives in Duluth GA, has 4 dogs and 16 birds, and loves to eat great Vegan food and travel.