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Agape Bay Area Ministers and Board of Trustees joyfully announce our new spiritual home, Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610.  10:30 AM meditation service, followed by our celebration service at 11 AM. 


A gigantic thank you to all of you who assisted in any way to support the move, from removing wall hangings and carpeting to cleaning to organizing.  We couldn’t have done it as quickly and efficiently without you!


This move has been divinely guided in every way.  For a few months, it has come up in vision.  When it became apparent we needed to move by the end of the year, we found our new home within a couple of weeks, thanks to board members who searched and found.  This is yet another example demonstrating that within the vision is its fulfillment. 


Kehilla is an amazing community that serves the surrounding community in many ways.  We are blessed by them and know they are blessed by our presence.


We affirm for all a New Year filled with love, joy, and the manifestation of unlimited possibilities!

Signing the Contract for our New Home

Kehilla Community Synagogue

As we settle into our wonderful new home at Kehilla Synagogue, there are bound to be changes, which is always an opportunity for growth and transformation.  There are certain days, times, and spaces that are available.  For this reason, we need to release our Wednesday evening service.  Thank you, Robert Pomonis, for organizing it and practitioners for your inspiration and loving presence.

We will announce a winter class soon, and it will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 since we need to be totally off the premises by 9:30 due to neighborhood restrictions.  Stay tuned!


Kehilla is a wonderful community and location, which will serve us well.  We are so grateful for their flexibility with us and for being able to continue Sunday services at the same time and in a convenient location.  As we enthusiastically enter our year of Unlimited Possibilities, we are anchored in the consciousness of Oneness, Love, and Abundance.  Vision has brought us to this place, and vision continues to flood us with amazing opportunities!  


Agape Bay Area is a Principle-centered, compassionate, inclusive community committed to being an expression of the power, presence, and substance of The Divine in every aspect of life.

We value and practice generosity and service to the local and global communities. We teach and model spiritual principles that stimulate self discovery, creativity, and awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. We are a safe, empowering environment that develops and supports awakened living for individuals, families, and communities. 

We learn together. We love together.

We rise in consciousness together.

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.

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.

Rev. Verona Garland

Assistant Minister

Upcoming Events

Sunday Celebration Service

Rev. Verona Garland - January 19

"Hosting With Your Heart"


Sunday Celebration Service January 19th

Rev. Verona Garland

"Hosting With Your Heart"


Helen Bernard Gray & Larry Steelmen


2020  Unlimited Possibilities


Morning Meditation

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sunday Celebration Service

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Magnify Your Life

12:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 “The purpose of the Magnify your Life Circle, which takes place post-Sunday-service for 30 minutes one the back of the sanctuary.  It is an opportunity for individuals to share how the service impacted them and how they are going to apply the teachings in their lives.”



1:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Rev. TJ Woodward - February 2

The Limitless Power of Love 


Rev. Joan Steadman - February 9

Get Out of the Way and Let Love Happen


Rev. Verona Garland - February 16

 Embodying Love's Blocks

Rev. Joan Steadman - February 23

Love in the Marketplace

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


Kehilla Community Synagogue

1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont, CA 94610

Theme for 2020:

Umlimited Possibilities

January: "Welcoming the Vision"

February: “Love Unlimited"













Rev. TJ Woodward - January 5:

"Embodying Your Infinite Vision"

Rev. Joan Steadman -January 12:

"Opening to the Quantum Field"

Rev. Verona Garland -January 19:

 "Hosting With Your Heart"

Rev. Joan Steadman -26:

 "Manifesting From Vision -

The Way It Works"





Michael Allen

Beverly Green

Bonnie Sita

Christine Breit

Robyn Rice Olmstead  ALSP

Spiritual Practitioners are available for prayer support and spiritual counseling sessions. (for a fee) Please contact them directly to set up an appointment.

“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

Cindy Edelson  ALSP

Leena St.Michael, ALSP






Jacquie Onipede

Robert Pomonis

Lina Quesada

Sandra Smith


Practitioners Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

Education Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

Community Outreach Ministry

Sandra Smith

Compassionate Care

Cindy Edelson

Prayer Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

Youth and Family Ministry

Bonnie Sita

The Authentic Heart Singles Ministry

Beverly Green

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.


Greeter/Usher Ministry

Robert Pomonis

Expansion Ministry

Rev. TJ Woodward

Prosperity Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

Music Ministry

Helen Bernard Gray

Hospitality Ministry

Alison Williams

Special Events Ministry

Cindy Edelson

Facilities Ministry



We look forward to connecting with you!



Kehilla Synagogue,

1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610