Carolyn became a Practitioner in 1997 after studying with Dr. Warren Chester.  In 1999 she also earned certification as Practitioner of Religious Science from the Emerson Institute.  Having been a member of Bear Valley Center for Spiritual Enrichment since 1991 she enjoyed opportunities to serve as volunteer, board member, board treasurer, and board president, several times.  In 1995 Carolyn began a meditation group, for our center, in her home at 10:00 am every Wednesday. This continues as Carolyn has joined the next plane of existence.  All are welcome to join in as this group continues touching The Light Within for ourselves, our community, and our world. Carolyn served DOVES as a volunteer and board member for over 25 years and was honored by Soroptimist International with their Women Helping Women award for her work with victims of domestic violence.










Carolyn Dawley, Practitioner Emeritus

Nancy has been studying Metaphysics since 1985, and Science of Mind since 1988.  She studied with Dr. Frank Richlieu at the Church of Religious Science in Redondo Beach and was a frequent soloist there.  After she and her husband purchased the Inn at Fawnskin in August of 2000, she soon found our Center and served as Music and Choir Director for nine years.  In addition to being our newest Practitioner, Nancy is also serving on the Board as Vice President, and manages our Imagine Books & Treasures store, along with Mindy Mathewson.   Nancy has recently assumed the position of Co-Spiritual Leader and is enrolled in Ministerial School through Emerson Institute.

Nancy Walker
Michael Benjamin

Michael is a 24-year student of metaphysics and mental sciences. He is a graduate of Emerson Theological Institute as a Practitioner of Religious Science. He is committed to practicing spiritual principles and the awareness of the creative process, in action. His spiritual awakening and consciousness work began here at the BVCSE in 1995. It is here that he discovered his authentic self as a spiritual being. It is also here at the BVCSE that he met the love of his life, Rev. Ali (in class, she wasn’t the minister) and it is here at the BVCSE that his mother Carolyn Benjamin-Dawley, served as lead consciousness for decades.

"I am over the moon to be in service here and carry on her legacy and help others find peace. I look forward to helping expand the awareness of consciousness and our relationship to it.  I am available 24hrs a day for prayer and treatment at 801-564-2768. Private consulting sessions available. "

Falomi Mendoza

While growing up in Los Angeles, I read a lot of books and watched many TV shows with happy endings, so I believed that all stories in “real” life should have happy endings, too.  As 2013 came to a close, I asked myself: “How was my year? Did it have a happy ending? How did my personal stories unfold?”

The answer came as this – there were no “endings” – just ongoing journeys, voyages and hikes that revealed themselves similar to a casual walk in the park, a whitewater rafting adventure or sometimes like a tsunami crashing ashore.

Whatever we experienced in 2013, I know that we as spiritual beings are having a human experience.  I recognize that life is good all the time.  I know that as we learn and grow in 2014, that there is One Life, One Love and One Unity of Being that some call GOD. It is Intelligence, Energy, Force.  It is All-Knowing, All-Seeing and All-Powerful. It created the universe that activates all life living in and through each and every one of us.  I know that each day is a happy new beginning.  I know that each day flows into the next with perfect health, wealth, fulfilling relationships, love, joy and happiness.  I  AM,  we  are,  always  grateful  for  the blessings. And so, we just let it be done, allow it to flow and…that’s how we roll into the New Year.



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Sunday Service 10:30am

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578 Bonanza Trl, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

+1 909-866-7100

Mailing Address:


P.O. Box 4184

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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