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Agape Bay Area is a zero tolerance community.  We do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any kind.  We cherish and embrace everyone and all forms of expression.  We know and affirm the One Life that expresses in infinitely diverse forms.  We are a safe, empowering environment for all.




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Sunday Celebration Service

 October 4

Rev. TJ Woodward

"Our Plentiful Bounty"


Gary Lynn Floyd

Gary Lynn Floyd is an American singer-songwriter who connects straight to the heart with his soulful style.

It is Gary’s openness to divine inspiration that fuels his endless supply of musical ideas and creates his inspirational lyrics. That’s the light that shines through his performances. With his piano, Gary is a catalyst for positive change and raises the collective vibration through his music and his welcoming presence on stage

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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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Meeting ID: 487 448 047


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Pleas use this same link for all services.


Infinite love,

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

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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

October 4


Rev. TJ Woodward

"Our Plentiful Bounty"


Gary Lynn Floyd

Gary Lynn Floyd is an American singer-songwriter who connects straight to the heart with his soulful style.

It is Gary’s openness to divine inspiration that fuels his endless supply of musical ideas and creates his inspirational lyrics. That’s the light that shines through his performances. With his piano, Gary is a catalyst for positive change and raises the collective vibration through his music and his welcoming presence on stage



Rev. TJ Woodward - Sept 6

"Living From Inner Vision"


Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - Sept 13

"Make It Real!"

Rev. Verona Garland - Sept 22

  "Fathoming the Unperceivable"

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - Sept 27

"Imagine the Unimaginable"

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 - October 4

"Our Plentiful Bounty"

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - October 11

"Are You Ready to Receive?"

Rev. Verona - October 18

“No Trowel, No Sickle, No Flail . . .

No Problem!”

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - October 25

"Manna" Festation





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, Lina Quesada, 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

Rev. Cindy Edelson






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

Magnify Your Life Circle 

Charlie Rebich,

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