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In compliance with the Alameda County Health Officer's shelter-in-place order, Agape Bay Area's Sunday services will take place via Zoom.  You are lovingly invited to participate either online or on your phone. 


Following are directions for participation. The Zoom information for this week and for each Sunday meditation, celebration, Magnify Your Life Circle, Community Visioning and Sunday Practitioner Core meeting are the same. There is only  one set of instructions.


Sunday Celebration Service

Join us Every Sunday using these links:


Morning Meditation   10:30 AM - 10:50 AM  PDT

Sunday Celebration Service 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Magnify Your Life    12:40 AM - 1:10 PM

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Infinite love,

Rev. Joan

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Beloved Community,


Thank you for your continuing support of Agape Bay Area. Your prayers and your presence at services makes a big difference. When I speak, I feel your high vibration, and it creates a field of consciousness from which the words and songs flow. Though we aren’t meeting in person, we continue to operate and are so grateful for your tithes and donations that provide us the funds to keep operating.


This is a challenging time for many in our community. We continue to find ways to support and inspire. We’re so grateful for our practitioners, who are offering free 30-minute sessions on Thursday afternoons between 3 and 5, and they are also available for prayer on Sunday afternoons between 3 and 5. You can find their contact information here. They are also posting prayers on our Agape Bay Area, A Center for Awakened Living Facebook page. You can find daily inspirations on Facebook and Instagram.


Our Compassionate Care Ministry, led by Cindy Edelson, ALSP, is available for prayerful, emotional support. This ministry will reach out to those who have signed up for membership. Whether or not you have decided to become a member, you can contact Cindy at cindy.edelson@gmail for support. We continue to explore ways to serve you during this time.


Our Sunday services are now available on both Zoom and Facebook Live, and we are able to archive them on Facebook, thanks to research by our Zoom team. We are most grateful to our Zoom hosts, who provide us with a wonderful way to see each other and to continue with visioning, meetings, and educational opportunities.


As the Coronavirus situation continues to unfold, we affirm the highest Truth of wholeness, wellness, and peace of mind and heart for all. At the same time, we want to be discerning and wise in our actions.  Therefore, we urge you to continue to shelter in place, wash hands frequently, wear face masks, and take other appropriate actions to keep you and those you encounter safe. In other words, pray and take appropriate action.


In the midst of any fear and panic that we might feel or sense around us, let us affirm:

I am grounded in my spiritual practice. I envision a world more kind, generous, compassionate and abundant than we have ever imagined. My heart of unconditional love is a safe haven and a place of loving comfort for all. Serenity, strength, and trust in the Infinite is mine now.  I lean into the knowingness that divine order and right action are established, and all is well.


​Again, we are so grateful for your powerful presence and ask that you continue to pray for and support Agape Bay Area. You can contribute to a greater good during this challenging time by donating online at, or you can send a check to Agape Bay Area, c/o Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand St., Piedmont, CA 94610.


The leadership and I continue to stay on top of current health recommendations and will provide updates as necessary.  Know that you are deeply loved and appreciated, and we are here to support you during this time of challenge and opportunity.  If you desire a brief prayer, you can find the contact information for practitioners on our website where you can also submit a prayer request in our virtual prayer box.


Infinite love and richest blessings,

Rev. Joan

GOOD NEWS!  Agape Bay Area is now on Amazon Smile, which means that it receives a small percentage of every sale when people select Agape Bay Area as their charity of choice.  Simply go to and choose Agape Bay Area  Center For Awakened Living.  Every time you make a purchase, go to, make your purchase, and Agape will automatically receive money.  It's such an easy way to support our community financially.  Thank you!

Agape Bay Area Membership 

Become a Founding Member

Agape Bay Area is having a Founding Membership drive this month and all of April until April 26, 2020 when Rev Joan will "install all new members" to Agape Bay Area during the in-person service (if applicable).


Contact Val Roberts with your interest:





Month you were born


Members responsibilities: 

Have regular spiritual practices

Openness to volunteer or leadership roles

Quantifiable Prosperity Giving


Members perks:

Annual complementary practitioner check up in month you were born

10% off new class or next class


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

Virginia Chapman, President -

Valerie Roberts, Vice President/Interim Treasurer -

Jennifer Quesada, Secretary -

Cindy Edelson, ALSP -

Rev. Verona Garland -

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman -

An AGAPE Community

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 Institute. Additionally, 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 Radio. TJ 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

 May 31st

Cindy Edelson, ALSP

Bigger! Brighter! Bolder!



Robyn Rice Olmstead, ALSP 

Every 4th Sunday

 Visioning at 1:30


2020  Unlimited Possibilities


Morning Meditation

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sunday Celebration Service

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Magnify Your Life

12:40 PM - 1:10 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


Sunday Celebration Service

 May 31st

Cindy Edelson, ALSP

Bigger! Brighter! Bolder!



Rev. TJ Woodward -May 3

Embracing Divine Abundance


Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - May 10

 Beyond a Mother's Love

Rev. Verona Garland - May 17

  How Much Is Too Much?

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - May 24

Are You Ready to Receive?

Cindy Edelson, ALSP - May 31

 Bigger!  Brighter!  Bolder!

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

March - Planting Seeds of Possibilities

April - Rising to Your Unlimited Possibilities

May - Abundant Acceptance

June - Just Say Yes

July - Freedom As

August - Ego’s Blessings -

The Gifts of Imperfection

September - See It, Know It, Feel It

October - Reaping Our Harvest - 

All Needs Met

November - Commitment to the Divine

December - Powerful Points of Light.



Rev. TJ Woodward - June 7

Saying Yes to Your Highest Calling

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman -June 14

Your Divine Creative Power

Rev. Verona - June 21

Horticulturalist Supreme or Seedling The Fathering Energetic

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - 28

Surrendering to the Good





Michael Allen

Beverly Green

Bonnie Sita

Christine Breit


Robyn Rice Olmstead  ALSP

Our Agape Bay Area practitioners are available for free 30 minute sessions on Thursday afternoons during this time of COVID-19.  The following practitioners are available this Thursday between 1 and 5 pm:  Michael Allen, Beverly Green, Leena St. Michael, Rena Keslar, Robert Pomonis, and Robyn Rice Olmstead.   Please email your name and phone number, and they will call you. We are blessed to serve you!

“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


Rena Keslar


Practitioners Ministry

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

Education Ministry

Rev.Dr. 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

Jescie France: Choir Director

Helen Bernard Gray: Music Director

Hospitality Ministry

Ellen Woods

Special Events Ministry

Cindy Edelson

Media Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Quesada


We look forward to connecting with you!



Kehilla Synagogue,

1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610