Church officers for 2015-2016

Appointment and government

The officers of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, are appointed by the Christian Science Board of Directors and governed by the Church Manual By-Laws provided by Mary Baker Eddy.

Pastor Emeritus

Christian Science          Board of Directors


First Reader

Second Reader



Mary Baker Eddy — Pastor Emeritus

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) discovered and founded Christian Science and is Pastor Emeritus for The First Church of Christ, Scientist. more

Christian Science Board of Directors

The Christian Science Board of Directors

The Christian Science Board of Directors has five members—each with an equal voice in overseeing both the Church’s long-term direction and day-to-day operations. The current members are: Robin HoaglandAllison W. Phinney, Jr.Scott Preller, Margaret Rogers, and Lyle Young. All five board members are, first and foremost, Christian Science healers. That means they are all Christian Science practitioners, providing professional healing services to the public. Each is also a teacher of Christian Science (hence the "C.S.B." after each of their names), which means each one conducts an annual in-depth course of spiritual study. According to the By-Laws in the Church Manual, the Directors fill any vacancy occurring on that Board. Below are short bios for each Board member.

Robin Hoagland, C.S.B. — Director

During college, Robin developed a raised-eyebrow reputation as the only rugby player on the team who didn’t drink -- an outward expression of her commitment to spiritual living and healing in every activity in which she participated.  While graduating from Williams College Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, she feels that raising two children with her husband has given her the richest education of all.  Robin worked in publishing, public radio, and freelance writing before committing full-time to sharing this Science with others. In 1999 she began advertising as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal, and in 2006 became a teacher of Christian Science. She was a member of the Board of Lectureship from 2007 until 2013 when she was appointed to the Christian Science Board of Directors. more

Allison W. "Skip" Phinney, Jr., C.S.B. — Director

As a teen Skip heard life-changing Christian Science healings recounted in casual family conversation. But what he says most stirred him was the entirely new dimension of God’s actuality he sensed behind those healings. College, service in the United States Army, work in publishing, and his own growing family came along. In 1960, however, he was drawn to work at The Mother Church, and positions followed as Manager of Committees on Publication, Clerk, Editor of the Christian Science periodicals, and President of the Board of Education. In 2009-10, he served a term as President of The Mother Church. His earliest glimpses of spiritual reality have deepened, but still impel his vision of the role Christian Science will continue to play in freeing and lifting the hearts of humanity. more

Scott Preller, C.S.B. — Director

Scott feels the best thing about having earned a Master of Divinity in biblical studies from Boston University is that it helped him gain a deeper appreciation for the biblical foundation of Christian Science. It also helped prepare him to serve as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force, and later as a staff editor for the Church’s religious periodicals. He began his full-time vocation as a practitioner of Christian Science healing in 1992 and became a teacher in 2006. Prior to being elected to the Board of Directors, Scott also served on the Board of Lectureship and as a Trustee of the Publishing Society. He has been the President of the Board of Education since 2011. more

Margaret Rogers, C.S.B. — Director

As a teenager, Margaret volunteered in programs to help children of migrant workers. This interest in humanity grew into a career in Christian Science, which started with Christian Science nursing and led to public speaking on Christian Science healing as a member of the Board of Lectureship. Margaret’s audiences included college students and professionals in medicine and religious studies. She has also managed the office of Christian Science practitioner activities, in which she supported professional healers around the world. Margaret currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity. more

Lyle Young, C.S.B. — Director

Lyle, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, first learned of Christian Science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he received a degree in music performance. After graduation he began studying Christian Science, and several years later went into the public healing practice.  He became a Christian Science teacher in 1991, later managed the Church’s legislative and media relations for Canada, and served as First Reader of The Mother Church in Boston from 2004-2007. Lyle has given public lectures and facilitated workshops on the subject of Christian Science healing in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish in some 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. more

Beverley Beddoes-Mills, C.S.B. — President

Beverley is an Australian and lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in the State of New South Wales. Graduating from Sydney Technical College she worked as a draughtswoman both in Sydney and London. A deeper commitment both to healing and the activities of branch church membership occurred during her marriage and provided a new direction for her life. In 1977 Beverley began advertising as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal, and in 1985 became a teacher of Christian Science. She served as a member of the Board of Lectureship from 1988 to 2002 and was Committee on Publication for New South Wales from 1994 to 2007. She also served as Trustee for Trust Australia. Beverley is a frequent contributor to The Christian Science Monitor as well as the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal.

Judith (Judy) Olson, C.S.B. — First Reader

Judy is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from college where she majored in English, she worked in public/employee relations and then married and became a stay-at-home mom and lived in eight different cities. She did volunteer work as a hotline worker, as a counselor for runaway teens and pregnant teens, and at a men’s rehabilitation center. Judy taught art to inner-city children, and she served on the board of a men's shelter. In 1982, Judy became listed as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal, and in 1997 she became a Christian Science teacher. She was a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship for four years, and is a frequent contributor to the Christian Science periodicals. more

Norm Bleichman, C.S. — Second Reader

Norm Bleichman, C.S.

After college, Norm served in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He then worked in Los Angeles as a writer for television and advertising. He and his family moved to New England in 1987 when he began serving The Mother Church as Managing Editor of World Monitor Magazine. Since then, he’s worked in communications and media production for several Church departments, including the Committee on Publication, the Clerk’s Office, and The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy (now called the Office of the Publisher’s Agent). He’s also been involved in producing The Mother Church Annual Meeting for many years. He became listed as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal in 2011 and has served on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship for three years. 

Suzanne Riedel, C.S.B. — Clerk

Suzanne Riedel CSB

After being introduced to Christian Science during college, Suzanne quickly saw the healing effect of prayer, both in praying for herself and praying for others. She graduated college with a BA, receiving "Highest Honors," and then an education degree, both of which equipped her well to be a secondary school teacher for the next 20 years. As she taught school, received a master's degree from the University of Texas-Austin, and raised her five children, she knew her heart was always in finding how close God is. This love for God has led her to serve church in various ways, including working for the Committee on Publication in Boston and serving on the Board of Lectureship from 2005-2014 as well as being a chimer of the bells in the Original Mother Church building.

Henry "Lyon" Osborn — Treasurer

Henry “Lyon” Osborn

As a child, Lyon was introduced to Christian Science when his mother was healed of broken vertebrae and a spinal arthritic condition by reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. In college, he was president of the Christian Science Organization at Yale University, where he majored in Political Science and graduated with honors. Lyon also earned an M.B.A. from Babson College. He served as First Reader, board member, and Sunday School teacher in his local branch church. Lyon held a variety of roles at The Mother Church, including Senior Manager of the Clerk’s Office and Manager of The Christian Science Publishing Society.

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