What is a Practitioner?

Practitioners are here to help.
A Spiritual Center of the Desert Practitioner is a person of high spiritual consciousness and deep understanding, trained in the study of the Science of Mind, and in the art, science and skill of Affirmative Prayer. Practitioners are dedicated to the cause of helping others, licensed to practice professionally, and bound by a high code of ethics to respect your privacy.

To become a certified Practitioner a person must complete a rigorous multi-year required course of study, pass comprehensive written exams and be approved by an oral panel consisting of ministers and practitioners. Their licenses are renewed every year after approval of required continuing education credits and service hours.

Why Use a Practitioner?
Practitioners are a healing arm of the Center. A good description! When you need an arm around you or a shoulder to lean on, a Professional Practitioner is there – trained, compassionate, and most important, clear about your innate divinity. Your Practitioner will pray with you and keep you in a loving consciousness of prayer to support you in:
– Eliminating conditions that are not working for your good
– Exploring the use of spiritual law to create the life you desire

Talk to a Practitioner if you are in need of inspiration, celebration of a major event in your life and/or healing in any area: financial, relational, health or career. You are God’s wondrous gift. Let a Practitioner remind you of that!

Practitioners are available for:
– Prayer support before and after the services
– Prayer support for all requests submitted to the prayer ministry
– Making visits to congregants at hospitals and care facilities
– Supporting funeral and memorial services
– Teaching and assisting in classes
– Holding the “High Watch” at important functions
– Spiritual check-up: A birthday gift of a session with a Practitioner of your choice

It is an honor and privilege for a practitioner to support you in any of these areas.

How can I access a Practitioner?
Practitioners are available on Sundays to pray with you. They are also available for private, individual spiritual guidance on a fee basis. Feel free to call a practitioner and ask for their fee schedule and location.

What is the fee a Practitioner charges?
Practitioners conduct their own professional practices, seeing individuals on a fee basis in one-on-one sessions. The fee is established at the time an appointment is made. The fee is not for prayer, but rather for the practitioner’s time, training, skill and professional knowledge of spiritual principles and practices that can enhance one’s life. Financial arrangements are flexible and need not be a deterrent to receiving services.

The relationship between the practitioner and the client is one of utmost confidence, integrity and trust. It is essential to the practitioner-client relationship that all information shared is kept in the strictest confidence.

Prayer Ministry Team

Our Prayer Practitioners

Speak with one of our Prayer Practitioners if you are in need of inspiration, celebration of a major event in your life and/or healing in any area: financial, relational, health or career. You are God’s wondrous gift. Let our Prayer Practitioners remind you of that!

Spiritual Center of the Desert, Palm Desert Prayer Practitioners support our spiritual community in a variety of ways:

  • Prayer support before and after Sunday Services
  • Responding to your written, email and phone prayer requests

All of the above services are provided as a gift to our spiritual community.

Prayer Practitioners are also available for individual spiritual support sessions on a fee basis. A session with a Prayer Practitioner provides a safe, nurturing environment for you to explore your spiritual practices and current beliefs that you would like to change. You are provided with the opportunity to co-create a “new” thought in your life that allows you to change your thinking and change your life!

No one is ever denied treatment for inability to pay.

We are here for you!
We believe “with God, all things are possible.”

To schedule a spiritual support session, contact one of our Prayer Practitioners listed below.

  • Spiritual Director, James Mellon

    Dr. James Mellon

    Spiritual Director

  • Rev. Dale Olansky

    Rev. Dale Olansky

    Staff Minister

  • Gail Morton

    Rev. Gail Morton

    Staff Minister

  • Siv Adams, RScP

    Siv Adams


  • Holly Dickinson, RScP

    Holly Dickinson


  • Katheryn Morton

    Katheryn Morton


  • Dr. Laura Shackelford

    Dr. Laura Shackelford

    Assistant Minister

  • Rev. William Conway

    Rev. William Conway

    Staff Minister

  • Memie Nichols

    Memie Nichols


  • https://cslpalmdesert.org

    Carol Masenbrook


  • René Biehl, RScP

    René Biehl


  • Vickie Ruff


  • Dr. Joe Hooper | Spiritual Director

    Joe Hooper


  • Cheryl Guess

    Rev. Cheryl Guess

    Staff Minister

  • Kathy Duguid

    Kathy Duguid


  • Nancy Townsend

    Nancy Townsend


  • Anni Jensen

    Anni Jensen


  • Christine Cummings, RScP

    Christine Cummings