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.
Arleen King, RScP ~ Board President
“If you change the way you look at things, the way you look at things will change…” ~Wayne Dyer
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Arleen has been a member of East Bay for over 20 years and has been a Licensed Practitioner for 5 years. She served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years. Arleen is currently a Senior Change Management 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.”
Harriet Johnson ~ Vice President
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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In 1981 Harriet relocated to Oakland, CA from Chicago, IL. She was invited to attend an East Bay Church service back in 1995 and has been attending ever since! East Bay’s spirit, SOM teachings, music, culture and fun wrapped in wisdom and love captured her heart. Harriet has been an active member of East Bay Church since 1996. Volunteering has been a constant in Harriet’s life. Community involvement and giving back are important to her.
In 2017, Harriet joined the Board of Trustees to support the continued growth, legacy, and mission of our church. Harriet has 35-plus years of system analysis, project management, and training design experience.
She and her husband, Donald, have a young adult son, Aman, who recently graduated college. Harriet says that being a mom is the most rewarding gift in the world.
Harriet is the leader of our Sacred Service (a.k.a.Volunteers) Portfolio.
Precious Green ~ Board Secretary
“I hear you, I see you, your life matters to me”
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Precious Green began attending East Bay Church not long after moving to Oakland from Atlanta, Georgia in 2012. She has been an active member since 2014 and credits her Five Gifts instructors with encouraging her to step up and share her talents with East Bay. Precious Leads the Membership Ministry and serves as our Board Secretary.
“And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but we must take it because it is right”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Kuwaza 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.
A proud native of the Southside of Chicago, Pat has made Northern California her home since 1983. Moving to California after receiving her B.A. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, she held various sales/marketing and managerial positions in the High Tech industry.
In 2002 she decided to leave the corporate world and embark on her dream of business ownership. Today Pat is a financial advisor and owner of REAP Legacy, Inc. located in Oakland. She was introduced to SOM in 2001 and joined EBCRS in 2003. Since 2007 she has been an active and consistent volunteer in the EBCRS Tape Ministry.
A member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. she has been active volunteering as Chair of her chapter’s youth empowerment and development program (Delta GEMS). Human trafficking and the vast injustices present in our prison systems are some of her many social concerns, and she has been active in bringing awareness about these matters.
An avid cook, she often gathers family and friends to break bread together. Family consists of her daughter (and fiancé), grandson, step-daughter, and lifetime partner. Cycling is another passion and over the years Pat has participated in many organized cycling events thru out the country. She has also cycled in Spain, Jamaica and South Africa. Her goal is to have the wheels of her bike touch every continent and a multitude of countries.
Tina Bathsheba Harambe ~ Trustee
“O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee. My soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee”
~ Psalm 63
Tina Bathsheba Harambe is a practitioner, visionary educational leader and healing arts facilitator who displays compassion, commitment and service to transforming the quality of education in our nation as well as healing in our lives. Her compassion is apparent through a profound focus on the three pillars of holistic education; Mind, Body and Existence. Bathsheba leads our Events Portfolio.
Robert Quintana Hopkins, RscP ~ Trustee
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”
~ Margaret Mead
Robert Quintana Hopkins has attended East Bay Church since 1999 and has been a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP) since 2009.
Robert’s professional background includes experience in Human Resources and Organizational Development. He is the the founder and principal consultant at Circles of Change and an associate at the Center for Strategic Facilitation where he trains courses on participatory facilitation methods.
In his free time Robert writes poetry and facilitates a monthly writing group called “Write to Heal.” Robert is earning a PhD in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Robert leads our Strategic Planning Portfolio.
Mary Allen is an exceptional member of East Bay Church of Religious Science, a center for spiritual living. Over the past 9 years she has volunteered in several ministries which include the Women’s Ensemble, the Youth and Family Ministry and the Young Adult Ministry.
Mary Co-leads the East Bay Young Adult Ministry. She has worked in the field of Youth Development for many years!
Grantland Bailey has been a member of the East Bay Church since 2013. He lives and works in Oakland where he has owned and operated his State Farm insurance Office since 2002. Prior to that Grantland had a twenty-year career in sales and management at Xerox Corporation. He also owned and operated Bailey Limousine Service for 5 years in the early ’90s. Grantland received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing Management in 1980 from Cal State East Bay and a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 2000. Grantland has held licenses as a Registered Securities Representative and currently a CA Broker Agent Property and Casualty and Life and Health License.
Grantland is a father of four adult children and three grandchildren. Grantland’s passions include Salsa dancing and performance, Road Biking the Bay Area and hanging out with Grandkids.
Noadiah Eckman started attending and being transformed by the teachings at EBCRS in 2006.
Professionally, he is a geologist and owns Eckman Environmental Designs, Inc a consulting and
design firm that specializes in the regulatory portions of land development. He is a licensed
Spiritual Counselor with Pathways of Light Ministries which programs disseminate the teachings
from the Course in Miracles. He has two kids who are 15 and 12.
Sherri L. Grier
Sherri L. Grier is a Licensed Professional Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the Youth and Family Ministry facilitating successful youth groups here at the East Bay Church of Religious Science. During part of these years, she served as Youth and Family Ministry Director. Sherri also Facilitates the Women’s Loving Heart Empowerment Circle and has also taught Science of Mind Classes. Sherri currently works as a Director of an After-School Program for girls in San Francisco. She recruits and successfully enrolls participants. She builds trusting relationships with the families and communities.
In addition, Sherri is very knowledgeable in teaching, building and managing structured programs. Sherri has facilitated several girl groups in the San Francisco Unified School District. Sherri is an amazing spiritual coach, a powerful speaker and inspirational writer, and an asset to any community. Sherri’s motto is “Live Life like it’s Golden. Love like you’ve never been hurt… and Forgive, Forgive,