Chet Manchester, CSB

A member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship

“So, what is your heart beating for?” was a question I faced in my late twenties. I was a struggling filmmaker in Los Angeles, experiencing some problems with my heart after a failed marriage and an unsuccessful business venture. On my mental knees in prayer, I opened to a passage in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings that instantly got my attention: “The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom alight with love.” * I realized that the function of the heart is to beat for God; it’s a reflection of divine Love itself. This glimpse of the Christ—the pure love of God embracing humanity—transformed my life and my health. From that day to this, I’ve been doing everything I can to share the healing message of Christian Science with the world.

I moved to Boston in the 1990s, and since then I have produced numerous exhibits, films, and projects for The First Church of Christ, Scientist. I served as creative director for The Mary Baker Eddy Library from 2000 to 2003 and helped with the development of TMC Youth—The Mother Church's global youth initiative—after that.  The healing practice of Christian Science is where my heart is today, along with my current focus as co-manager of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

*The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p.160


Lecture Titles

Aha moments that heal

A conversation with Mary Baker Eddy

(Web lecture only)

Walking the walk: how to live the love Jesus taught

(Web or in-person lecture)  Click here for the handout for the lecture.

Let Love lead: find your path in life and work

Contact information

Chet Manchester, CSB
King Ferry, New York, USA, North America
phone: 857-222-7086