BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Representing the congregation

Shaping the vision and long-term goals of the church


As the Board of Trustees, we recognize and embrace our responsibility to maintain the spiritual and financial strength of East Bay Church of Religious Science. We ensure the church is externally effective and internally efficient, preserve the ideals of openness, diversity and integrity that are its enduring heritage, and we create policy and direction for the Executive Team and church staff.

The Board of Trustees serves an essential function by developing and implementing policies and procedures that guide and support the business affairs of EBCRS. The Board also supports the ecclesiastical vision of our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Elouise Oliver, in her guidance of this spiritual community’s mission. We are charged by this spiritual community to perform our service with utmost diligence according to the highest ethical standards of community stewardship.


The board is currently meeting the third Saturday of the month from 10am-12 noon.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Arleen King, RScP ~ President

arleenking@gmail.com • (510)301-0380

Posts_ArleenArleen has been a member of East Bay for over 20 years and has been a Licensed Practitioner for 4 years. She served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years. She is currently active on the Education and Practitioner Leadership teams. Arleen is a Senior Leader in the High Tech Industry, where she leads global teams around the world. She is inspired by the power of “change your thinking, change your life.”


 

Amar Casey ~ Special Events Portfolio

tbcasey@yahoo.com  •  (510) 689-8094

Posts_AMARAmar has been attending East Bay Church of Religious Science since 1994 and became a member in 1996. He has taken several of the classes offered by the East Bay Church including, Foundation, Treatment and Meditation, Spiritual Economics, The Essential Ernest and Howard Thurman. In addition, Amar has coordinated events at East Bay Church for over 10 years including Kwanzaa, Black History Month Celebrations, and most recently, Spiritual Cinema. Also he has worked with the youth at the church giving workshops on Black history and helping to sponsor field trips.

He hails from Detroit Michigan coming out to Oakland in 1973 to work in an independent school sponsored by the Black Panther Party. He has a Doctorate in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Amar currently is a professor in the Department of Africana Studies for the past 8 years teaching African spirituality and history.


Booker T. Dikes Jr. ~ Treasurer

bookertthecoach@yahoo.com • (510) 325-6373

booker-dikesBooker has been a member of East Bay Church for 25 years and a Licensed Practitioner for 18 years. He has served 2 separate terms as a member of the Board of Trustees, and currently serves as Treasurer. Booker has taught and/or assisted in various accredited classes, served as co-chair and teacher in our Youth & Family Ministry, as well a leader and coach of the men’s empowerment group.  A member of Toastmasters International for over 17 years, Booker is an accomplished speaker, speech coach and counselor, and has received many awards in communication and leadership while serving as the President East of Bay Toastmasters and Area Governor. He founded Vision Masters, a current chapter of Toastmasters International.  After a successful career in the mortgage and banking industry, Booker retired and is now collaborating with successful writers to assist him in writing novels on “Life Challenges and Resolutions”. Booker is a proud caretaker for his wonderful Mother of 89 years young.


Precious Green ~ Secretary

iamprecious@outlook.com • (404) 895-0209

precious-green2Precious has been a member of East Bay Church for a little over a year. During that time she has experienced the energy and love that makes East Bay the special and powerful place it is. Precious is inspired and committed to do her part in growing and expanding the energy of East Bay, and permeating the energy beyond our walls into and through the community. Precious is originally from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Monrovia, Liberia and Malvern, Arkansas. Her friends call her a unicorn because of her unique combination of humor, intelligence, joy, curiosity and openness. She hopes to use her gifts and skills in service of others and believes that working with the Board of Trustees will allow her to do that.


Kuwaza Imara

oakwestkma@aol.com • (510) 363-8123

kuwazaKuwaza was born in San Francisco, California. He has been a member of East Bay Church since 1998 and a Licensed Practitioner since 2009. After receiving his AA degree in nursing from Merritt College, he subsequently received his BA in Government/ Political Science from Cal State Hayward (now California State University of the East Bay). Kuwaza has been active in the fight for social, economic and gender justice, participating in organizations for Black empowerment, feminist advocacy, and other organizations that supported the rights and empowerment of the LGBTQ community. Kuwaza has three grown children- a daughter and two sons, and two grandsons. He currently lives in Castro Valley.


 

Harriet Johnson

hjchicagogirl@yahoo.com • (510) 534-8128

harriet-johnsonHarriet grew up in Chicago, IL in a close-knit, working-class family and community. As a single parent, Harriet’s mother raised her and her 3 siblings to value education and strive to learn and excel. In 1973 Harriet graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School as Class Valedictorian of 500 students and began her career in Chicago with Standard Oil of Indiana. In 1981 Harriet relocated to Oakland, CA and worked as a manager with Bank of America for 15 years and AT&T for 19 years. Volunteering has been a constant in Harriet’s life. Community involvement and giving back are important to her. Harriet has been an active member of East Bay Church since 1996. She and her husband, Donald, have been married for 23 years and they have a young adult son, Aman, who is a college student.  Harriet says that being a mom is the most rewarding gift in the world


William ‘Bill’ Pegg ~ Vice President , Trustee & Bookstore and Audio/Visual Portfolio

billpeggBill Pegg is a transplanted Brooklynite who has been meditating for over 40 years.  He started coming to East Bay Church back in the early 1990s.  He fell in love with the choir and the teaching that is so expressive of healthy spiritual values. Bill was invited to be on the Board because of his extensive business background, particularly his background as a real estate appraiser who has been active in the Bay area for over 26 years.  To complement his business background and to develop new skills and refine old ones, Bill decided to become a certified executive coach and he is studying towards a PhD in leadership of healthy organizations. It is his intention and desire to provide service and support for the East Bay spiritual community.


Gabriel Ramos

gabrielramosone@gmail.com • (530) 632-1126

gabrielGabriel has been a member of East Bay Church for over 10 years. During this time he started and directed a monthly meditation called Still in Oakland. Gabriel often leads meditation on Sundays, and he is the Director of the Latino Ministry (formally Spanish Speaking Ministry).  The East Bay community and the Science of Mind philosophy have deeply enriched his life. It is his joy and honor to serve as a member of the Board.

BOARD OBSERVERS


Rev. Willa Barber-Johnson ~ Eduction Ministry

 willabegrace@att.net  • 510-292-6382

Posts_WillaRev. Willa leads the Education Ministry. Her role as Education Ministry Coordinator is to move Spirit’s vision forward through the creation and cultivation of a stellar Education Leadership Team. East Bay Education Ministry offers spiritual enrichment and life enhancement classes that promote transformational practices for awakening to, and living from, the fulfillment of our hearts desires and our greatest yet-to-be. Although she has only been a “Member” of East Bay since May 2014, she has known Rev. Elouise for several decades and members of the EBCRS community for some time. She believes It is so appropriate that she is in service at East Bay and she says feels it’s good to “be home.” Rev. Willa is an active participant on our ecclesiastical team where she facilitates a weekly minister’s conference call, serves as a ministerial representative on the Practitioner Leadership Core, and acts Pulpit Assistance at least one Sunday a month. She serves congregants through prayer and by providing spiritual counseling sessions.


Rev. Robert Collins ~ Pastoral Care & CSL Coordinator

revrobert08@gmail.com • 510-469-5001

Posts_RevCRev. Robert has been member of East Bay for over 20 years. He is currently serves as Assistant Minister, and does an amazing job leading the Pastoral Care Ministry. In addition to his service to the East Bay Church, Rev. Robert serves as the Northern California Regional Support Coordinator for Centers for Spiritual Living providing spiritual support and direction for Member Communities, Ministers, Practitioners, laity and various other ministry related works throughout the Centers for Spiritual Living Organization.


 Rev. Anthony Jackson ~ Prison Ministry

Posts_RevJRev. Anthony has been a member of EBCRS for over twenty years and an Assistant Minister for five years. He is involved in community outreach programs, consisting of positive communication, visitation of incarcerated youth and adults. He is active in Pastoral care which consist of visitation of the sick and shut-in. He actively makes home, Hospital and Incarcerated visitations. He is the Pulpit assistant at least twice per month and has facilitated EBCRS annual holiday celebrations for the past ten years. He is currently leading the Prison Ministry and Membership Ministry.


Bathsheba Harambe, RScP ~ Practitioner Representative


 

 

BOARD ADVISORS

Georgia Eagles, RScP

Posts_GeorgiaGeorgia has been a member of East Bay for 17 years and has been a Licensed Practitioner for 9 years. She served as Interim Treasurer in 2013. She is an active member of the Treasury team, serves as a greeter and is part of the Education Ministry teaching team. She is retired and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has been married for 49 years, has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

 


Brenda King Randle, RSCP ~ Advisor

King-Randle@outlook.com •  415-577-5713

Posts_Brenda

Brenda King Randle was Board President from Nov 2013-Nov. 2016 she was also a member of the Board of Trustees when EBC moved from Bjornson Hall to Niles Hall in Preservation Park. She has been an EBC committed license Practitioner for over 20 years and a member for 22 years. As a Practitioner, she has been the lead teacher for many certificated classes, such as Treatment and Meditation, Self Mastery, Practitioner I and Practitioner II.

Brenda has 27 years of corporate and 15 years of public education experience. She has an MBA from Golden Gate University and both a California Teaching and Administrative Credential.


Bill Randle ~ Advisor

acorn_project@hotmail.com  •  415-921-7171

Posts_BillBill led the Expansion Portfolio, from Nov. 2013-Nov. 2016. He was charged with expanding the foot print, visual presence, and outreach of the EBCRS experience into the greater communities. This includes reviewing the highest and best use of church’s assets to maximize its mission such as studying preschool academy options and  housing/neighborhood commercial development opportunities that benefit the church’s greater mission.

Bill has been attending EBCRS for over 25 years and has served twice in a leadership position as a Board of Trustee Member.