Speakers, Teachers, and Chapel Leaders
Rev. Jim Webb Our Senior Minister Rev. Jim Webb is an Ordained Interfaith Minister who has constructed a path to contentment based on the guidance he receives through his spiritual connection. He has appeared on national television, lectured and led seminars nationally. He is the author of Pathways to Inner Peace and Keys to Enlightened Living. He has also applied the Pathways described in his book successfully in every aspect of his life. He is currently the Senior Minister of the Takoma Park Chapel in Silver Spring, Maryland and lives in the Washington DC area. Rev. Webb has been a student and teacher of metaphysics for over 20 years. He received his spiritual training at the First Universal Spiritualist Church of Manhattan, and was ordained as a Minister by the New Seminary in New York in 1996. In addition to his Masters in Divinity, Rev. Webb is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA in International Business and Finance. Rev. Webb left a position as Vice President of Marketing for a Computer Company to pursue is calling as a full-time Minister, and his unique combination of spiritual depth and practical experience helps Rev. Webb to provide spiritually sound yet practical support to those with whom he counsels. His warm, loving demeanor, and inspiring counseling style has helped many to transcend their fears, doubts and limitations to manifest happiness, abundance and spiritual connectedness.
Aurelia Carr-Olverson Aurelia Carr-Olverson is the President of the Takoma Park Metaphysical Chapel Board of Directors as of March 2012. Aurelia and her family have been active Chapel members since 2003. Aurelia serves the Chapel in many and varied capacities to include Chair of the Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Special Events Committee and a long standing member of the Hospitality Committee. Aurelia is retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service, where she served as a Logistics Officer. Aurelia says she “Loves God, Loves her family and Loves this church!
Tonya Parker Tonya Parker, EdS, is Secretary of the Board of Directors of TPC and a member of the Hospitality Committee and a Platform Healer at TPC. Tonya is a Natural Wellness Certificate holder, conscious cook and caterer, healthy cooking columnist for The Infinite Field Magazine, and author of The Tonya Parker Collection: Healthy Eating to a Healthy Lifestyle.
Rev. Clarence Campbell Reverend Clarence Campbell was ordained as a minister with the Christian Spiritualist Temple of Columbus Ohio 1995. He has been involved with the Takoma Park Chapel for seven years. He is currently the prayer leader on noonday prayer call. He became the worship leader for Chapel and is the chair of the Worship Leader Committee and an associate minister. He is also one the Chapel’s message bearers. He located to the Washington DC area in 1999.
Education: Kent State University, Kent Ohio, Graduated Magna cum Laude May, 1983, with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Emphasis in the Humanities: English/History/African American Studies.
Honors: Member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Mary Mcleod Bethune Award for Superior Scholarship, Superior Scholarship Award of Kent State University.
Experience: Deputy Director of the Council’s Budget Office, City Council of the District of Columbia, from August 2, 1999 to the present. His areas of expertise are Health Care, Human Services and Youth
Rev. Jane Batt Her early life inspired Rev Batt to create a lifelong path of healing, given and received. Intuitive mystical experiences led her to attend Rabbi Gelberman’s All Faiths Seminary International and to be ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2001. She honors the Goddess to expand her experience of sacredness. Rev Batt has served the chapel as meditation leader, healer, intuitive, song leader, lyrics writer, and yoga teacher. Rev Batt is a Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Master/Teacher and regularly provides Reiki to wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is a trained yoga teacher. She has over 35 years experience in retail.
Rev. Bonnie J. Berger Rev. Bonnie J. Berger has been on a spiritual path all of her life. Recognizing and believing in the innate worth and sacredness that exists within each of us, her initial efforts were directed towards the raising up of battered women and all women. While working as a staff member at a national women’s organization, she began to “connect the dots” between all of the civil rights movements. For the next 20 years Bonnie devoted herself to building bridges of understanding and acceptance between diverse communities. Her consulting firm reached thousands of people and helped scores of organizations address some of their most challenging diversity issues. In March 2001, she was one of twenty county residents honored by being inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame. Accepted as a student at the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development, she began studying under founder and director Iyanla Vanzant in 2003. Following this two year odyssey and time of personal growth and discovery, she was called to attend The New Seminary in New York City as an accelerated student, culminating with her June 2006 ordination as an interfaith minister. As an interfaith minister she continues to “connect the dots” between all people of faith, one person at a time, with patience, openness, and true caring. Bonnie served as a chaplain in the Emergency Department at the George Washington University Hospital for four years, and is currently an Associate Minister at the Takoma Chapel. Since same-sex marriage became legal in Washington, DC Rev. Bonnie has officiated well over 50 weddings.
Rev. Susan Duncan Rev. Susan Duncan is an Interfaith Minister who has studied metaphysics since the 1980's. Rev. Duncan was ordained, and graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Coming from a Christian background and foundation, she has studied the major world religions, their spiritual wisdoms and practices. She is currently an Associate Minister at the Takoma Metaphysical Chapel in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has been writing professionally for over 30 years, and has written and distributed her newsletter, Living In The Light, which addresses various topics related to spiritual growth and spiritual principles, as well as providing information on wholistic healing. She is dedicated to researching and disseminating information on tools that encourage spiritual growth and natural healing. She also authored the book, Living in the Light. The book is intended to help others move forward on their life path in an easier, joyful, and more spiritually-conscious manner. For many years, she has taught numerous classes and workshops which include: Chakra Healing, Crystal Healing, Herbal Healing, Forgiveness, and Staying Grounded. She worked for the Federal government for 27 years as an Economist and Transportation Specialist. Rev. Duncan is also Crystal Healer, and has a profound love of nature, especially crystals, gemstones, and minerals. She has extensively studied these gifts of the earth/mineral kingdom and their effects on the environment and on the human body, mind, and spirit. Through her business, Crystalight Designs, she designs and creates gemstone jewelry. She is committed to bringing more joy, love, and compassion into everyday life.
Rev. Cynthia Lea Tootle Cynthia Lea Tootle is an ordained Interfaith Minister. She studied with the All Faiths Seminary International. She is a former secretary and president of the Chapel Board of Directors. Rev Tootle’s ministry includes monthly services that honor the Goddess in innovative rituals that respect the traditions from which each Goddess comes and the sensibilities and needs of the modern woman. She uses her creativity to create services and classes that introduce people to many kinds of spiritual practices that open one up to intuition and spiritual energies. She is also a Spiritual Healer and a Reiki Master. Rev Tootle retired after 35 years working as a civilian engineer and technical manager for the US Department of Army. She has a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering and an MS in Management Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rev Tootle lives in Silver Spring, Maryland filling her spare time with gardening, Yoga, Qi Gong, and making quilts for children in need.