Board of Trustees
Scott Tobias, President
I have served in various capacities with Bakersfield Center for Spiritual Living and Bakersfield Religious Science for the past 15 years, including board duties on the Core Council as director and as President. In addition I have taken many accredited classes as well as Practitioner Training. Owning my own business and being involved in both community and professional Boards has given me a good working knowledge for service in the business end of Center for Spiritual Living.
Bill Okal, Vice President
I was introduced to Religious Science (RS) in 1982 in San Francisco. At the time I was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) in Oakland where I served two terms on the Board of trustees. My Sundays frequently included attending two services: the UUC which focus mostly on social issues, and, the RS center in Oakland which, of course, focused on spirituality and personal development. I moved to Bakersfield in 2002 and attended the Center for Spiritual Living sporadically until my semi-retirement in 2011 when I became a more regular attendee and subsequently a member.
Liz Tovar, Secretary
Liz was born and raised in Salinas, California until she claimed Bakersfield as her home in 2003. She began attending Bakersfield’s Center for Spiritual Living in 2018, where she has taken almost every class offered there since then. She volunteers as an usher and became a member of the board of trustees in 2020. She is eager to continue learning and thriving on a path of spiritual growth and expanded awareness. Liz is happy to serve our inclusive community and center, remaining focused on our vision: to awaken humanity to it’s spiritual magnificence.
Steve and his wife Vickie are the proud founders, owners and operators of Murray Family Farms. The farming operations includes two regional agricultural tourism destinations and seven sustainable / organic fruit farms. Recent recognitions include: Small Business of the Year – Rudy Salas, Bakersfield’s Best Fruits and Vegetables, Bakersfield’s Best Organic Fruit, and many others. Steve attended Riverside Community College and graduated from U.C. Riverside and is a fellow of Leadership Bakersfield (2006) and the California Agricultural Leadership Program (Class XXVII). Steve grew up with the Science of Mind teaching.
Rev. Gregory Toole
Rev. Gregory Toole, our Senior Minister, is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living. He is the Founding Spiritual Director of Somseva whose mission is to inspire authentic, compassionate relationships through spiritual education, tools, and practices that promote peacemaking and conscious action. Gregory is also author of the book, "A Simple Guide to Planetary Transformation."