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.
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.
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."