Awakening Together Ministers

Awakening Together has two types of ministers, ordained and licensed. Awakening Together’s purpose for ordaining and licensing ministers is to ensure the discernment of the assembly remains pure without confusing the teachings of Awakening Together with teachings from other traditions, theologies or ideologies that may not be wholly aligned with our purpose and values.

An ordained minister has the authority to lead Awakening Together weekly gatherings and special assemblies, officiate weddings and funerals, provide spiritual counseling and administer other sacraments as requested by members. There is no limit to the number of ordained ministers permitted in our assembly. In order to apply for the Awakening Together Minister Preparation Program, one must be a member called from within to be a servant of the one true Self through Awakening Together.

A licensed minister has the authority to lead an Awakening Together weekly gathering when the scheduled ordained minister is not available. A licensed minister may also facilitate Awakening Together special assemblies. Licensed ministers must serve on either the Board of Directors or Member Board of Trustees in order to maintain their license. A licensed minister may not officiate weddings, provide spiritual counseling or administer other sacraments.

For more information, reference Awakening Together’s Policies and Procedures.

Click here to contact one of our ministers.

Our ministers are:

MinisterLocationType of MinisterServices
Regina Dawn AkersPueblo, ColoradoOrdained, Founding MinisterPresident-Minister, Free audio teachings through; free mentoring through Ask Regina Facebook Group, Regularly teaches in the Sanctuary
Philip FriskGrand Junction, ColoradoOrdained, Originating MinisterChairman of the Board
H. David FishmanYonkers, New YorkOrdained, Originating MinisterHelps communicate special programs & events.
Barbara DeurwaarderLake Oswego, OregonLicensedSecretary of the Board of Directors, Sanctuary Administrator
Jacquelyn EckertClarksville, IndianaOrdainedVice President-Minister, Regularly teaches in the Sanctuary
Jay McCormickJustice, IllinoisOrdainedBoard of Trustees, Regularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary. Also, available for public speaking, guest minister, conferences/workshop presenter, marriage ceremonies. Contact: 773-319-7392, JayEmail
Andreaya Nyki DobsonArdmore, OklahomaOrdainedVolunteer. Also, works with individuals one-on-one to help guide them to their own inner clarity. Website:
David HemphillArdmore, OklahomaOrdainedVolunteer
Jennifer Maile NahuluAurora, ColoradoOrdainedVolunteer
Ken GibsonRiverside, CaliforniaOrdainedBoard of Trustees, Sanctuary Administrator
Carrie ChristiansenCookstown, New JerseyOrdainedBoard of Trustees, regularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Gloria WellsTampa, FloridaOrdainedSecretary of the Board of Trustees, regularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Hal SeeleyLas Vegas, NevadaOrdainedBoard of Directors, regularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Rebecca GibsonRiverside, CaliforniaOrdainedSelects the Daily Quotes, regularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Jane Polley-BassHalifax, NCOrdainedVolunteer
Sherry DavesHotsprings, AROrdainedBoard of Directors
Bartholomew CraigHeredia, Costa RicaOrdainedRegularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Deloris Mabins-AdenekanKnoxville, TNOrdainedRegularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Hank HamiltonPollock Pines, CAOrdainedRegularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Danielle WrightPueblo, COOrdainedPosts in Facebook & Twitter on behalf of Awakening Together
Helen AveryNew York, NYOrdainedRegularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Irene GrahamSt. Louis, MOOrdainedLeads a local Awakening Together Study Group
Francine WrightPueblo, COOrdainedAssistant Bookkeeper
Kelly BarberMeridian, IDOrdainedVolunteer
Sandra RuizPueblo, COOrdainedVolunteer
Karen WorthMooresville, NCOrdainedSunday morning Meditation Leader
Rubye NasserSahuarita, AZOrdainedRegularly teaches/shares in the Sanctuary
Share MurphyDallas, TXOrdainedVolunteer
Wanda AlmonteMiami, FLOrdainedVolunteer
Joanne SchneiderSt. Louis, MOOrdainedVolunteer
Bonnie DroegeSt. Louis, MOOrdainedVolunteer
Carl LammersLexington, KYOrdainedLeads a local Awakening Together Study Group
Manuela GiaroliBrisbane, AustraliaOrdainedVolunteer