Who you'll meet at church

Judith (Judy) Hardy Olson, First Reader

Judy Olson, C.S.B.

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.

Norm Bleichman, 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.

Bryan Ashley, Organist

Bryan Ashley

Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church

Bryan grew up in New Jersey and France and holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Music degree in organ performance, as well as a Prix d’Excellence from France and a Soloist Diploma from Germany. His career as a concert organist was definitively launched in 1988 when he won the First International Organ Competition, Musashino-Tokyo, Japan, as well as the “Special Prize for the Best Performance of a Japanese Composition” commissioned for the competition. Throughout his career he has been active as a recitalist, a church musician, and a university teacher, including four years as an organ instructor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. During his 16-year residence in Japan, he concertized extensively throughout the country, giving recitals in major concert halls, universities, and churches. He has performed with several well-known Japanese orchestras and has been featured on national radio and television. He has also given recitals in France, Germany, the United States, and South Korea, including some recent venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, l’Eglise de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint Louis de Toulon as a featured artist at the Toulon Organ Festival, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Bryan recorded two CDs on The Mother Church organ titled "Glorious" and "Majestic." These are available for purchase from Christian Science Reading Rooms and online at christianscience.buysub.com.

Rebecca Minor, Co-Soloist

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Rebecca Minor, Co-Soloist of The Mother Church

Rebecca earned a B.M. in voice performance from Ithaca College and sang in operas, musicals, and concerts until she discovered a passion for composing original sacred and secular songs. She has written sacred solos for voice and piano, which can be found on Watchfiremusic.com, an inspirational music company. Several of those pieces have been performed at The Mother Church by various soloists, including Rebecca, who often accompanies herself on the digital piano. A few of those songs can also be found on the time4thinkers.com podcast, The Weekly Musician. She also enjoys performing her secular songs and has given shows in New York City, upstate New York, Colorado, and California.Rebecca has treasured the experience of singing in various Christian Science branch churches for over twelve years, mainly in New York City, where she lives. She has performed in church-sponsored concerts, summits, and in collaborative lectures featuring Chet Manchester, Ginny Luedeman, and Maryl Walters. As a class-taught student of Christian Science and a proponent of musical outreach, Rebecca is deeply grateful to be joining the platform of The Mother Church, along with Bill Burden, as co-soloist.

Bill Burden, Co-Soloist

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Bill Burden, Co-Soloist of The Mother Church

Bill received a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. He then received an M.M. in Voice from Indiana University. Bill has earned an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, as well as La Scala, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the Saito Kinen Festival. In concert, Bill has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and with Les Arts Florissant, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Bill’s recordings include Barber’s Vanessa with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) and Musique adorable: The Songs of Emmanuel Chabrier (Hyperion).This season Bill returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the new production of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, the Opera Company of Philadelphia for Silent Night, and the Bayerische Staatsoper for Don Giovanni. He also appears in two world premieres: Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at the San Francisco Opera and Theodore Morrison’s Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera.Bill has served as a guest soloist at many Christian Science branch churches throughout his career. Bill is a member of The Mother Church and a class-taught student of Christian Science. He and his wife, Carol, and their two children live in Princeton, New Jersey. As he continues his career as an opera singer he looks forward to joining Rebecca Minor as co-soloist of The Mother Church.

Testimony readers

These two local members of The Mother Church read some of the testimonies and comments which are submitted live during online Wednesday testimony meetings.

Holly Bolon

Holly Bolon

Holly is originally from Chicago and has been a member of several branch churches. She has worked at the Church Center in various capacities, including as Art Director for The Christian Science Journal,Sentinel, and Herald and Assistant to the Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. She has degrees in fine arts and sociology from Principia College, and she studied museum administration at the University of Illinois. She has had her own graphic design business and has been active in the arts community wherever she's lived. She also does volunteer work for neighborhood organizations.

Susie Jostyn

Susie Jostyn

Susie has visited and lived in multiple cities around the United States and the world. She is a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner and she currently teaches the post-high school class in The Mother Church Sunday School. She worked for three and a half years as Clerk's office web manager, and before that she also served as manager of global Sunday School activities for TMC Youth. During her five year term on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, she gave youth lectures throughout the US, the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America.  Prior to entering the full time public practice of Christian Science, she earned undergraduate and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and worked in that field for many years. 

The congregation

People singing at a service

You don't have to be a member to attend church, and attending church is an opportunity to give as well as receive. Your smiles, presence, prayers, singing, and fellowship are an important part of every service. At any Wednesday testimony meeting, you can share your inspiration, gratitude, and healings, plus hear from others in the congregation.During the online services and meetings, you will join with an international congregation from a variety of locations such as Africa, Australia, Bahamas, Germany, India, Israel, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and many others. 

The Mother Church local activites staff and volunteers

Four local activites staff and volunteers

From l to r: Sarah Nichols, Sr. Graphic Designer; Sylvia Herczeg, Asst. Manager; Joan Pedersen, Manager; Louise Alder, Supervisor of Guiding Activity

The Mother Church has a team of volunteer workers who are members of local committees. These committees include: chiming, care, ushering, prison ministry and lecture planning. Committee chairs and members serve on a rotating schedule. People who are members of The Mother Church and attend church services in Boston may serve on one or more of the committees. Learn about volunteering