Who We Are

What is the Hefferlin Foundation?

The Dr. John Hefferlin and Marian Hefferlin Foundation is a nonprofit, grant -giving religious foundation incorporated under the laws of the State of California. The Foundation was created and endowed through the generosity of John and Marian Hefferlin for the purpose of providing funds to promote the teaching of the Science of Mind philosophy, as formulated by Ernest Holmes, and to advance the growth and expansion of Science of Mind centers and churches.

A seven-member Board of Directors governs the Foundation, operating in accordance with Foundation bylaws and grant giving guidelines.

The Foundation is authorized under its bylaws to fund projects and scholarships exclusively for the benefit of centers/churches and individuals affiliated with the Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, CO.

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Grants are awarded for the following purposes:

Education Committee Grants:

Ministerial Scholarships:
Scholarship assistance for ministerial students preparing to teach the Science of Mind, as presented by Ernest Holmes, is available.  Applicants must have completed one year study at a School for Spiritual Leadership in a Center/Church affiliated with The Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, CO

Successful applicants will demonstrate a clear intention and devotion to beginning a new Science of Mind/Religious Science ministry. Scholarships are not awarded for students planning to enter into staff ministry positions. The primary criteria are: financial need, strong letters of recommendation from Deans of a School of Spiritual Leadership and a demonstrated capacity for successful ministry.

Ministerial scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis. However a successful student may apply in succeeding years. A second scholarship may be awarded to a candidate who receives a “superior performance” report from the Dean of a School for Spiritual Leadership  

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Technology and Curriculum (T&C):
The Foundation will consider funding for curriculum projects for Schools for Spiritual Leadership (benefiting ministerial students) and for member churches/centers of The Centers for Spiritual Living (ultimately to the benefit of congregants and others taking classes) and for technology that can be used by centers/churches affiliated with Centers for Spiritual Living or the Holmes Institute. Presentations of the project to the Hefferlin Board may be required for funding of this type of grant.

More info.

Conference Support:
The Foundation will consider providing seed money to help underwrite the organizational costs of educational conferences that promote the basic principles of Science of Mind.

Dr. Marilyn Leo (Education Committee Co-Chair)
23981 Fairlands Road
Hayward, CA 94541
Telephone: 805-279-8754
Send a message to Dr. Marilyn Leo

Dr. Thomas C. Sannar (Education Committee Co-Chair)
1264 Via Portovecchio
Lake San Marcos, CA 92078
Telephone: 760-471-5471
Send a message to Dr. Thomas C. Sannar

Dr. Roger Juline (Education Committee Member)
208 Via Presa
San Clemente, CA 92672
Telephone: 949-481-6607
Send a message to Dr. Roger Juline

Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner (Education Committee Member)
812 State Road, Suite 220
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 609-924-8422
Send a message to Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner


Church Committee Grants:

Centers and ministers affiliated with Centers for Spiritual Living  may apply for grants for the following purposes:

First Works of newly graduated Center for Spiritual Living, School of Spiritual Leadership Ministerial Students
New Works of current CSL Ministers
Revive or revitalize an existing CSL center/church
Begin a Work in an area under served or not served by a CSL center/church.

More info.

Rev. Doré Patlian  Church Grant Committee Chair
8188 Villa Grande Court
Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: 941-320-8291
Send a message to Rev. Doré Patlian

Dr. Thomas C. Sannar Church Grants Committee Member
1264 Via Portovecchio
Lake San Marcos, CA 92078
Telephone: 760-471-5471
Send a message to Dr. Thomas C. Sannar


Media Committee Grants:

The Media Committee supports various media projects intended to promote the Science of Mind teaching, including book publishing, foreign language translations of Science of Mind materials and electronic media projects (radio, television and on-line broadcasting). Our first priority is to keep in print the body of work authored by Ernest Holmes, particularly those publications which have special educational value. Writings of other prominent New Thought authors are considered, as are contemporary works explaining the Science of Mind in light of 21st century ideas. More info.

Mr. Kenneth T. Lind (Media Committee Chair)
7476 Hinton Park Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Telephone: 651-459-3484
Send a message to Mr. Kenneth T. Lind

George St Johns (Media Committee Member)
3595 Raincloud Ct.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Telephone: 805-530-3965
Send a message to George St Johns


The Hefferlin Foundation exists to support the teaching of the Science of Mind as formulated by Ernest Holmes through projects and ministries of centers/churches affiliated with Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, CO. We welcome your inquiries and interest. Kindly direct your inquiries to the appropriate Committee Chair.