Our Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible to set the direction for the Center and Trustees are elected by the congregation annually. 

With the exception of the pastor, no voting board member shall receive compensation while serving on the Board of Trustees.  Our Bylaws require that the Pastor and Co-Pastor(s) will be members of the Board.

Current Board Members
  • Rev. Kathy Mertes - Spiritual Leader
  • Michael Pietrzak - President
  • Dianne Martin - Treasurer
  • Suzanne Stegeman - Secretary 

What Board Members Do

  • Serves for three years unless filling a position that has become open for a lesser term
  • Attends Sunday services regularly, actively assisting where possible
  • Promote and attend seminars, workshops and other functions with regularity as your schedule permits
  • Attends 1 regular Board Meeting each month (in person, or virtually)
  • Works through Board issues to consensus, rather than majority vote

Who can run for the Board?

Those who are elected to the Board will be Members who demonstrate a commitment to the Center and have an understanding of the principles of Religious Science.

  • Are you a current Voting Member at the DuPage Center for Spiritual Center?
  • Have you been demonstrating leadership at this Center, or at another?
  • Do you demonstrate a spiritually principled lifestyle -- in other words, do you "walk the talk” of the Science of Mind?
  • Do you see a constructive rather than critical approach when new ideas are presented to you?
  • Are you willing to consider new programs and new ways of supporting our members?
  • Are you team oriented and able to assure that personal interests do not infringe on/interfere with Board action?
  • Are you willing to commit to Principles of Prosperity, ideally through tithing, in accord with DuPage Center’s Conscious Commitment Program?
  • Have you completed a Science of Mind Foundations class and do you strive to ongoing study of Science of Mind teaching?

Adjunct Board Members

  • Participates in all Board activities except votes.
  • Serve a term of one (1) year.
  • Currently enrolled in classes or have completed at least one Science of Mind class
  • Meets all Board of Trustees qualifications

Reverend Kathleen Mertes brings to her practitioner practice and ministry a rich background educationally and experientially. She is the mother of six and has been a student of Religious Science for 25 years. She continues to grow in understanding of the human condition and effective healing through Spiritual Mind Treatment. 

Rev. Kathleen became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner in March of 2000. She became a Religious Science Minister in 2003 through the teaching and guidance from Rev. Dr. Don Burt. Reverend Kathleen was ordained as a minister in 2011. 

Rev. Kathleen graduated from Elmhurst College in 1994. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling in 1997 and a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling in 1999 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She worked for the Will County Mental Health Department in the Domestic Violence Offenders Program for 13 years.  Rev. Kathleen currently has a private counseling practice in Glen Ellyn.  

Rev. Kathleen has 32 years experience as a massage therapist. Through all of her studies she came to appreciate the Mind/ Body/Spirit connection. She believes in practical spirituality. To her this means that by embracing and understanding our humanness, we more fully experience our authenticity through our deeper self, our Divine core.  

Her ministry is about leading others on a journey of deepening their relationship with God. She believes that the more we connect in Oneness with Divine Spirit, the more our world evolves in peace and joy.  Thus, the more we grow in Truth, the more we express our greatness. 

Rev. Kathleen was the Interim Spiritual Leader for the DuPage Center for Spiritual Living from May  2013-December 2014. In 2016 she became the Senior Spiritual Leader for the DuPage Center for Spiritual Living. She loves leading all the congregants on a path of growth and self-expression to be all that each wants to be.  She believes this mission is accomplished through unconditional love and acceptance, caring, and most of all knowing and making God first in our lives.

"Knowing my Oneness with the Divine, in this moment all good that I desire is made manifest."


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3003 Corporate W Drive
Lisle, IL 60532


Phone: 331.215.7588
email: office@dupagecenter.org


DuPage Center for Spiritual Living
1585 Beverly Court, #129
Aurora, IL 60502

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