Welcome to Columbus Center for Spiritual Living!

We teach and practice a simple message: As you change your thinking, you change your life.

We are part of an international movement called Science of Mind.

Science of Mind is a philosophy that was founded by Rev. Dr. Ernest Holmes, who, after studying many of the great religions of the world, realized that there were rooted in the same unifying themes of commonality. 

Science of Mind was established in 1927 by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) and is a spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical religious movement within the New Thought movement.

What We Believe

We believe that there is one ultimate loving energy that is present everywhere. Call it what you’re comfortable with: God, Spirit, Source, the Great I Am, Allah, Yahweh; there are many names for the One. This is not a personality outside of us, but rather a presence within each of us. We are inherently Spiritual beings having a human experience.

We believe that God is an infinite Source for our growth and evolution and does not judge us, “keep score” or choose favorites. We view the concept of sin as merely “missing the mark” – an opportunity to make a different choice and experience a different outcome.

We believe that heaven and hell are states of mind and are not physical places to which we are sent by God.  God is unconditional Love, and would not create life to destroy or condemn it. When we tap into the energy of Abundance and Peace, we are in heaven. When we perceive separation from God, we experience hell.

We believe that we co-create with God, that our thoughts create our realities. When we align our thoughts with the perfection of God, we can heal sickness, break free from lack and limitation, and choose a way of living that is joy-filled and powerful.

We believe that we live in an abundant, unlimited universe and that within us lies all the Wisdom, Love and Power needed to create full, joyous, prosperous lives.


We are currently calling in a new Senior Minister. In the interim, we are so lucky to have Reverend Ami Papadopulo leading the ecclesiastical branch of our center.

Rev. Ami Papadopulo

Staff Minister


Our amazing practitioners love to pray. They have studied for a minimum of four years to become Registered Religious Science Practitioners (RScP). As RScP's, they offer complementary prayers and paid spiritual coaching sessions by request.

Kristen Peairs

In addition to being a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner, Kristen is a spiritually anchored Speaker, Artist, and Educator. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in coaching people in consciously creating their best path forward. Her favorite topics for speaking include Abundance, Prosperity, Aligned Purpose, and Sacred Sexuality. Over the last few years, she has been deeply exploring these topics through the lens of spirituality and expression in all areas of life. As an artist, she calls herself “a Stick Figure Specialist” and her fun drawings have been sold as prints and greeting cards.

Anne Strayer


Kristen Wilcock


Joanie Bauman

Joanie is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner and has been a member of the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living for several years. She possesses a love of learning and has been a Teaching Assistant for courses at the Center, enjoying the experience of supporting others in their spiritual journey. Joanie has been leading the Nominating Core for the last four years and enjoys reaching out and getting to know members of our community. She finds Nominating Core activities and being a Practitioner, including leading Meditation, serving on the Platform, and praying with others, to be very fulfilling.

Margie Salmons

Margie has been a consistently attending and active Charter member of the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living since 2008 and a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner for CCSL since 2011. She brings a wealth of passion, knowledge and compassion to this calling. Margie earned her BAE at The Ohio State University and is enrolled in the Holmes Institute of Spiritual Leadership, earning her Masters in Consciousness. She is currently serving as the CCSL Ministerial Intern. She has also served the CCSL community as a member of numerous teams including; Core Council (multiple times), Transition Team, teacher, CCSL class coordinator, Leadership Team member and in various other volunteer capacities. She retired from AT&T with 40 years, teaching and providing guidance as a Master Coach, sharing how to lead and inspire teams through her course, Coaching for a Shared Vision. She taught behavioral coaching techniques; managing resistance classes, Ownership workshops and more, always including and modeling the tenets of genuine and transparent leadership. With three children and six grandchildren, Margie has experienced many life-changing moments and is genuinely attuned to the human condition we all are experiencing, while understanding and sharing that we are all Spiritual beings first. Margie is often sought out and trusted to provide strategic counsel, thoughtful ideas, and prayers, garnering a reputation for helping others grow with love, empathy and humor.

Julie Matheson

Julie Matheson is an intuitive, holistic counselor, helping clients gently shift their perception one pattern at a time through her guided writing processes and energy clearing work. In 2020, Julie published Lotus Flower Living: A Journaling Practice for Deep Discovery and Lasting Peace: Untangle Your Mind and Heart Once and For All, which is available on Kindle, Amazon and Audible and makes her powerful process more widely accessible. Julie graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991 and was licensed as a CSL Practitioner in 1999. She received her masters in counseling and psychology in 2001 from Lesley University and holds certificates of study in NLP, Enneagram, Inner Child Therapy, Reiki and trauma work. Julie loves being in nature, and shares her time between Boise, Idaho, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Wooster, Ohio. She is our out-reach practitioner and is available for prayer by phone/video wherever she might be.

Tammy Evans

Tammy is a Religious Science Practitioner who has been coming to the Center since 2014. She became a member soon afterward and a practitioner in 2020. She is also a part of the Social Media team. Tammy feels that she has found her spiritual home here at CCSL, and embraces and supports a world that works for everyone. She feels that love is all there is and that inclusion and non-judgement are the foundation of what we teach here at the Center. Tammy was a single mother for many years and spent that time gathering information on spirituality in a search for a bigger meaning to life. Tammy was adopted at birth and is in reunion with her birth family. She actively supports adoptees and volunteers as a Search Angel for the Adoption Network in Cleveland, helping adoptees and birth families locate their missing loved ones. She enjoys learning, genealogy, travel and spending time with family and friends at her lake house. 

Janelle Carroll



Our musicians are true professionals in their craft!

Carisa Holmes


Steve Perakis

Bass Player

Jimmy Castoe


Tony Bonardi


Core Council

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Margie Salmons


Rev. Ami Papadopulo

Staff Minister

Matthew Vidal

My name is Matthew Vidal and I am a confident, powerful, shining leader! I was born and raised in West Virginia to parents who migrated from the Philippines. Service is my love language, and I enjoy the connection and community that CCSL brings into my life. I also enjoy camping, fishing, kayaking, and being immersed in the beauty of nature. Let it shine!

Mac Ware

I was born and raised in West Central Ohio, moved to Columbus in 1975 to work on a construction project at the OSU Hospital campus and I have lived here since then. Helen and I married in 1984, she helped me raise two kids Ami Ware Papadopulo and Matthew Ware (deceased). I spent 40 years in the construction industry, started as a field surveyor and worked my way up thru the ranks, in 1994, a partner and I started a small general contracting firm. Through my career I have continued to attend college and now hold a BS in engineering and a Masters in business management. I sold out of the frim in 2006 and then took a teaching position in the Construction Management Program at OSU. I have since reduced my teaching load to one on-line class as I approach retirement. Helen I now live in a condo in the Tuttle Mall area. Hobbies include reading and playing golf. 

Janelle Carroll

Vice Chair

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