Connect. Transform. Inspire.

AGAPE BAY AREA: A CENTER FOR AWAKENED LIVING

WHO WE ARE

Agape Bay Area is a 21st century movement for spiritual explorers with a divine impulse for personal and global transformation.​ Our mission is to encourage and inspire the awakening of human consciousness.

The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith:

 

“When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we 'visioned' it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet." That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of the One indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul. 

Our Board of Trustees

An AGAPE Community

Rev. Joan Steadman

Founding Minister

Rev. TJ Woodward is an Agape ordained minister, spiritual author, inspirational speaker, awakening coach and revolutionary recovery specialist who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. 

 

He is the founding minister of Agape Bay Area and served as the senior minister for over a year. Previous to serving as the senior minister of Agape Bay Area, TJ served as the founding spiritual director of Awakened Living from 2012- 2017. He also served as the ministerial associate of Unity San Francisco from 2008-2011.

 

He is the graduate of both the Spiritual Development and Spiritual Leadership programs, at Unity InstituteAdditionally, he is the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and  treating addiction.

TJ is also in private practice as a spiritual counselor and awakening coach, and the host of Conscious Being Radio on Unity Online RadioTJ is the author of the books, Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction. 

www.tjwoodward.com

Rev. TJ Woodward
Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman has been an ordained Agape and Centers for Spiritual Living minister for 19 years.  She has served as the Senior Minister of our beloved community since January 2019. Prior to that, she served as the assistant minister and assistant spiritual director of Agape Bay Area starting in 2015. Our community is blessed to be guided by her consciousness and leadership.

 

A few years ago, she reFIRed, releasing her position as Spiritual Leader at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living where she served for fifteen years.  Previous to that, she was an assistant minister at the Agape International Spiritual Center for two years and a licensed spiritual practitioner for thirteen years.

In 1986, she joined Dr. Michael Beckwith and was a founding member of Agape where she served in many capacities.  Rev. Joan was on the Vision Core and the original Board of Trustees. 

 

She was the founder and director of One From the Heart, the pastoral care ministry at Agape.  Under her leadership, that ministry grew and became one of the largest pastoral care ministries in the New Thought movement.  While at Agape, she also facilitated accredited classes and many workshops centering in the mystical aspect of New Thought/Ancient Wisdom.

   Rev Verona Garland is an Emerson Theological Credentialed Interfaith and Religious Science Minister.

 

She serves as the founding minister of Blossoming Truth Global Ministries-a ministry dedicated to joyously opening to Spirit's Invitation of Delight, Play, and Transformation and as Assistant Minister at Agape Bay Area.

   Rev Verona's ministry encompasses classes, workshops, spiritual exploration, global cultural learning, prosperity mentoring, and spiritual counseling.

 

Her speaking includes: The Lighthouse Center for Spiritual Living ,The Gathering, Unity Center for Inspired Living-Brentwood , 1st Church of Religious Science Vallejo, Corinthian Baptist Church,  Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, and Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living.

   Rev Verona's effervescent enthusiasm is sourced in her desire to bud, blossom, and bloom in Spirit. She serves playfully, boldly, wondrously, and joyously opening to the Divine Potentiality within each and every Expression of the One.

www.VeronaGarland.com

Rev. Verona Garland

Assistant Minister

Upcoming Events

 
 
 

Meditation Mondays

Every Monday

Come breathe with us

7pm - 8pm

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Morning Meditation

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sunday Celebration Service

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS

Workshops

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

SUNDAY EVENINGS

(See Details Below)

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MONDAY EVENINGS

(See Details Below)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

The Wednesday Experience:

Your Mid-Week Spiritual Tune-Up

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

THURSDAY EVENINGS

Spiritual Enrichment Class

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Youth and Family Sunday

2nd Sunday of Every Month

During the Celebration Service

11am - 12:30pm

THEME FOR DECEMBER: 

RADIATING YOUR LIGHT

Rev. TJ Woodward - December 1

 "Radiating Your Light"

 

Rev. Joan Steadman - December 8  

"You Are the Gift"

Rev. Verona Garland - December 15

"The Endowment of the Darkness" 

Rev. Joan Steadman - December 22

"Season of Light Candle Lighting Service”

Rev. Verona Garland - December 29

"Putting Your Past Out to Pasture -

Endings As Beginnings.

Sunday Mornings

PLEASE JOIN US every Sunday morning for our Sunday Celebration!

MEDITATION -10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

SERVICE - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

3630 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Theme for 2019:

Your Life Magnified

January: Activating Your Intentions

February: Enriching Your Relationships

March: Expanding Your Abundance 

April: Embracing Your Greatness 

May: Honoring Your Life Vision

June: Elevating Your Purpose

July: Increasing Your Happiness

August: Amplifying Your Peace

September: Awakening Your Mind

October: Activating Your Infinite Supply

November: Maximizing Your Livelihood

December: Radiating Your Light

THEME FOR NOVEMBER:

MAXIMIZING YOUR LIVELIHOOD

Rev. TJ Woodward - November 3:

“The Evocation of Your Vocation”

Rev. Joan Steadman - November 10:

"Let the Urge Emerge"

Rev. Verona Garland - November 17:

“Exemplifying the Twin Gems of Manifestation”

Rev. Joan Steadman - November 24:

"Be You, Do You"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Allen

allenjmichaels@gmail.com

Beverly Green namasteyou57@gmail.com

Bonnie Sita

princesssita@aol.com

Christine Breit

breitchristine@yahoo.com

OUR PRACTITIONERS.
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Spiritual Practitioners are available for prayer support and spiritual counseling sessions. (for a fee) Please contact them directly to set up an appointment.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRACTITIONER?
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

“A practitioner is not merely a body of knowledge, but rather a state of consciousness that realizes oneness with the Infinite.  Dedicated to first demonstrating New Thought / Ancient Wisdom principles within their own life, a practitioner then serves as a spiritually therapeutic agent of the Spirit for the upliftment of every man, woman and child who requests healing of body, mind and spirit."
 

-Rev Michael Beckwith

Leena St.Michael, ALSP

Leenastmichael@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

 

Jacquie Onipede baybaby369@gmail.com

Robert Pomonis rpomonis@earthlink.net

Lina Quesada linaquesadaalsp@gmail.com

Sandra Smith sansmils@yahoo.com

​MINISTRY TEAMS

Practitioners Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

whollyone@comcast.net

Education Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

whollyone@comcast.net

Community Outreach Ministry

Sandra Smith

sansmils@yahoo.com

Compassionate Care

Cindy Edelson

cindy.edelson@gmail.com

Prayer Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

revverona1@gmail.com

Youth and Family Ministry

Bonnie Sita

princesssita@aol.com

The Authentic Heart Singles Ministry

Beverly Green

namasteyou57@gmail.com

Our Ministry Teams are here for you.

"Being part of a service team has been one of the greatest joys in my life."

- Member of Agape Bay Area

Please join one of our ministry teams and assist us in fulfilling our mission to awaken human consciousness.

​MINISTRY TEAMS

Greeter/Usher Ministry

Robert Pomonis

rpomonis@earthlink.net

Expansion Ministry

Rev. TJ Woodward

tjwoodward86@gmail.com

Prosperity Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

revverona1@gmail.com

Music Ministry

Helen Bernard Gray

bernard20@earthlink.net

Hospitality Ministry

Alison Williams

alison.allwill@gmail.com

Special Events Ministry

Cindy Edelson

cindy.edelson@gmail.com

Facilities Ministry

TBD

agapebayarea@gmail.com

 
 
 
 

COME BACK SOON!

There are no special events currently - come back soon!

 

We look forward to connecting with you!

510.424.5777

AgapeBayArea@gmail.com

AGAPE BAY AREA
3630 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA