Society representatives elect 36 General Council members to lead efforts to spread the teachings of The Urantia Book and to serve members of The Urantia Book Fellowship and all people who are interested in the teachings of The Urantia Book. The General Council usually meets twice a year, one of the meetings being optional. Most General Council members serve on committees. The General Council members elect 8 Executive Committee members who meet roughly every 2 weeks. There are also many committees who meet to help the spread of the teachings of The Urantia Book. To find out more about the governance and goals of The Urantia Book Fellowship, please refer to the Constitution and the By-Laws in the links to the left of this page.
Meet our general council
Geoffrey Theiss (President of the Fellowship - Executive Committee)
I'm Geoff, a self-discovered, second generation reader. I was born, raised, and schooled in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now comfortably settled in Riverside, where I work as a chemical engineer (I make memory foam!). If you happen to see me during a weekday morning, you may confuse me with a mad scientist. As for my general character, I am two parts enthusiasm junkie, two parts jack-of-all-trades, and one part global adventurer. Mixed into all that and instilled by the teachings of The Urantia Book has been a real, vibrant, and ennobling personal relationship with God that I have been continuously searching to better understand and strengthen. Having found this vibrant Urantia Book community, I have fallen in love - with them and with an emboldened sense of self (and cosmic)-purpose. I am eternally grateful to be alive. And part of being in this new community and part of showing that gratitude is to help enable other people to find the same. As Robert Byrne states, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” and we as individuals are able to spread this idea not by telling or explaining but by simply loving. That is the beauty of this community and the thing I want to share. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Schlundt (Vice President of the Fellowship - Executive Committee)
I received a copy of the Urantia Book from my father (K. David Schlundt) for my 13th birthday and have been a student of the book ever since. I live in Ashland City, Tennessee (just outside Nashville) with my wife Zada Law. I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. I have been on the faculty at Vanderbilt University since 1985 and split my time between teaching and research. I was trained as a clinical psychologist and have devoted my career to research in health psychology. I am especially interested in the role of behaviors (eating, exercise, stress management), in the treatment and prevention of disease, and in better understanding how contexts (emotions, thoughts, places) influence these behaviors. My research has also focused on health disparities, community-based participatory research, program evaluation, behavioral interventions, and psychological and behavioral assessment.
Jill Strunk (Secretary of the Fellowship - Executive Committee)
I found the Urantia Book, by what feels like angelic intervention, in 1974 and have been a reader/believer ever since. I soon joined the Rocky Mountain Spiritual Fellowship, attended up to three study groups a week, helped with a number of regional UB conferences, and attended triennial conferences throughout the country. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the wonderful friends I have gained in my spiritual travels, and my personal relationship with God and my eldest brother, Jesus, have been my foundation through everything I do. I was a high school English teacher when I lived in Colorado until 1998; then I moved to Minnesota and became a full-time psychologist, co-hosting a study group for 15 years. I have two sons who still live in Colorado, so I get to visit often.
Larry Bowman (Secretary General of the Fellowship - Executive Committee)
Growing up in Chicago in the ‘40s and ‘50s, I often wondered where it was that Dad was going on Sunday afternoons. All I knew was that it was something called the Forum. In 1951 my sister Carolyn began attending the meetings. The following year she brought her fiance, Tom Kendall, into the group. In 1953 my mother, a longtime holdout, joined. By this time I knew it had something to do with “the Urantia Papers” (as I envisioned the spelling of the word). As I heard Mom and Dad talk, I became curious and began to express interest. Finally, on June 30, 1954, a few days after my 15th birthday, I was interviewed by Dr. William S. Sadler and became a member. Less than 16 months later I was the youngest member of the Forum when the Urantia Book was published. I dutifully inscribed in my book: “Published and given to me on the twelfth day of October of the year commonly known as 1955 A.D.” In my adolescent fervor I was certain that, once the Urantia teachings became universal, the calendar would change. I suppose I thought that 7 B.C. would become Year 1. Nearly six decades later finds me a resident of Arizona since 1973, where I retired from a 34-year career as a librarian in 2001. During that interim I was a charter member of what is now the First Society, a founder of Orvonton Society, and a founder of Grand Canyon Society for Readers of the Urantia Book. I have been a member of the Fellowship General Council since 2010 and Secretary General since 2012. I live in my multihued townhouse with feline buddies Hermes and Marlin.
Brent St. Denis (Treasurer of the Fellowship - Executive Committee)
I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to return to the work of the revelation as a member of the Fellowship’s General Council after an absence for personal reasons of some 25 years. Hopefully I have acquired some skills and experience in the meantime that will be useful to our excellent team. The Urantia Book came into my life in spring 1975 near the end of a two-year high school teaching commitment (maths and physics) at Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Its arrival was a critical answer to years of frustration and angst, which started in my late teens, over the apparent inability of anyone, including the churches, to provide answers to the most basic questions about the meaning of life and the cosmos. The first paper I read when I cracked open the book upon its arrival was on the Supreme Being; I was hooked. It was not long after that I realized that Jesus is who he said he was, the Son of God and the Son of Man. I haven’t looked back since. I am at your service. BTW I live in Northern Ontario, Canada with my wife Martine.
Paula Thompson (Executive Director)
Paula has been an avid student of The Urantia Book since early in 1976, when, as she says, “It came into my life at a time of great crisis, as the answer to a fervent prayer for some good news.” She has read the book daily for 40 years and has studied it weekly with a group since 1977. She joined The Urantia Book Fellowship in 1982 when it was known as The Urantia Brotherhood. She has served her local Urantia Society as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Study Group Officer. She started coordinating and facilitating regular public outreach with the book in 1983. In 1989 she went to work for the Jesusonian Foundation and was Executive Director there from 1993 to 2006. In that time she managed Good Cheer Catalog and developed numerous study and outreach aids for The Urantia Book, most notably the website Truthbook.com. She was elected to the Fellowship’s General Council in 1994 where she is currently serving her third 9-year-term as a General Councilor. She served as the Fellowship’s Outreach Committee Chair from 1997-2006 and as Secretary General from 2009-2012. Paula accepted the job as the Fellowship’s Executive Director in 2006 and continues to work in that capacity. Paula has traveled all over the USA as well as to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America to exhibit and introduce the book.
Derek Samaras (Executive Director's Assistant)
Chicago Native, now living in Lafayette, CO. Derek is a 37-year-old Filmmaker and Youth Minister, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism/Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is an advocate for socially sustainable practices that reflect the life affirming qualities revealed in respectful, tolerant, and compassionate fellowship. Derek applied these practices for many years while teaching self-defense in Chicago to women and youth in troubled areas. Derek has been an ambassador for truth, beauty and goodness on multiple continents. He continues to share the message to all who will come and listen: “We are all family; we may never look, act, or think alike, but spiritually we are, and that is what unites us; we are truly one family united in spirit.” Derek has developed his social ministry on the principles of loving service, mindful compassion, and spirit unity: “We are all loved equally by Divinity. Freely we have received this love; we must share it freely” You can catch Derek Live on Saturdays as he hosts the radio show “The Cosmic Citizen” on blog talk radio. Recent projects: •Directing/Writing/Editing a documentary on the commercial sexual exploitation of children •Leader of many Youth and Young Adult Committee activities regarding youth ministry and leadership development •Director´s Assistant of The Urantia Book Fellowship (nonprofit spiritual) •Current radio host for “The Cosmic Citizen” •Urantia Book vs Ancient Aliens (public presentation Los Angeles)
Lara Amyx (Fellowship Team Chair - Executive Committee)
Lara Amyx has been involved in the Urantia Community for over 25 years. Originally finding the book at a friend’s father’s house when she was 21. Lara has been Conference Chair for the Florida Students of The Urantia Book (FSUB) annual gatherings, for the last six years of their active administration. She was also Secretary for FSUB. She has been Chair of the Fellowship’s Membership Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. Lara is married to Daniel Amyx, another active Urantia Book reader who is Chair of the Membership Committee. The two of them own and operate two optical shops on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Not only are they growing their businesses but they are using in personal ministry.
Stephen Sawyer (Worldwide Team Chair - Executive Committee)
Raised a Christian, Stephen has been a Buddhist and a Muslim, has studied metaphysics, pagan religions, and has worshiped with many of the world’s religions and Christian denominations. He has spent much of his life seeking and embracing their honorable values and all they all have in common. In 1975 Stephen found a new and better way to understand God and was able to rise above his objections with organized religion. Jesus of Nazareth became his only hero and still is. That year he also committed his artistic talents in the service of God. Twenty years later ART4GOD was born. Currently he shares his experiences on a daily live Facebook video called Closet Church. Not being a fan of committees, Stephen joined as a General Councilor because of the remarkable integrity of the men and women he has met and decided to attempt to make a contribution with this excellent group of fellow servants. Stephen is currently serving on the Interfaith Committee and as Publication Artist.
Jena Lassiter (Media and Communications Team Chair - Executive Committee)
I started reading The Urantia Book in 1981 after seeking for several years for an inspirational spiritual source. The Urantia Book’s ideas were incredibly inspiring to me, especially the vastness of the description of God which replaced the childish model I had developed from my Presbyterian upbringing. What a life-shaping book it has been for me. I became interested in working with the Urantia Book Fellowship in 2018 when discussing the Fellowship with Cristina Seaborn and my husband, Albert. When I heard about an opening on the General Council, a strong feeling came over me that everything I had ever done up to that point in my life may have been preparation for me to participate in the Fellowship. I’m so enthusiastic about serving with this organization to help the world learn more about Urantia concepts, ideas that can help so many experience more joy in their lives.
I am currently the chair of the ad-hoc committees: Web Content Committee, IT Committee, and Social Media Committee.
My BS degree is in Computer Science. I worked at Hewlett-Packard for decades and had my own web design business for 10 years. I have experience with website design and development, product definition based on user needs, user-interface design, story-boarding, integrating ideas from multiple sources, creative problem solving, defect tracking, project management, leading continuous improvement methods, search engine optimization, software development and creating technical documentation. I also have a background in team facilitation and managing conflict constructively. At HP I led an Inclusivity Task Force for some years to help a predominantly white male culture learn to value and integrate cultural and ethnic diversity. Besides spending time working with the Fellowship, I teach women and girls app development and enjoy gardening.
Cristina Seaborn (Publications Committee Chair)
Cristina is a world class fiddler, violinist, composer, and teaching artist living in Minnesota. Through many Urantia conferences, she has found her place as a performer and music director for the spiritual upliftment of audiences. She currently serves as the Gratitude Committee, Publication chair, a member of the Interfaith Committee, chair of the Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions 2018 joint Urantia Book Booth team, and part of the advisory council for the joint 2020 Urantia Conference in Vancouver.
Daniel Amyx (Membership Committee Chair)
Dan was raised Catholic. As he matured he asked questions that the church could not answer, and inevitably he left the church in search of “the Real” God. After years of studying the world's religions, he found the Urantia Book in a bookstore in 1978, and has since been involved in the Urantia Community. Dan was a Founding Member, Vice President, and two time President of the Florida Students of The Urantia Book (FSUB), an independent group of readers who held annual conferences in the State of Florida. He also helped develop, and was the first President of The Agondonter Boot Camp Society (ABCs) of Florida. Daniel has done presentations on Business Ethics based on Urantia Book teachings at different groups in the continental U.S., a presentation on the shift from the informational age to the new paradigm of spiritual community, and a number of collaborative efforts at conferences and retreats. He and his wife Lara, own two optical shops in Florida, and have mixed “spiritual ministry” and a retail practice in a uniquely successful manner.
Tom Allen (Judicial Committee Chair)
Tom Allen is a life long believer in the love of Jesus and God, and in the teachings of the Urantia papers since 1973, when he came into contact with these supernal teachings. As a 20 year old college student, Tom grew up in the summer of an early Urantia generation under the tutelage of Berkeley Elliott and others in the Oklahoma City Urantia Society. After many offices in the Urantia Book Society of Oklahoma and one nine year term in the General Council from 1985 until 1994, Tom retired to work and take care of a family of four boys and their worthy mother who by Tom's words, "definitely and graciously 'outgeneraled' me in the home and in wisdom." (84:3.5) Tom is now mostly retired at the age of 66 in 2018 and wishes to rededicate his energies into what the Urantia Book Fellowship as an organization should now concentrate on, as we pass the torch of organizational wisdom into the hands of a new generation of young Urantia Book believers. Tom now serves a nine year term in the General Council beginning in 2018. Tom describes his role as Judicial Chair of the Fellowship to be a peacemaker and justice provider amongst us all. Robert's rules will be strongly advised as will the interpretations of the Constitution of the Fellowship. Our committee will be thoroughly investigative of any issue brought before our body. All issues will be primarily inspired by the Mercy of the spiritual gravity of our wonderful Mother Son on Paradise. Justice will be impersonal and cumulative, in the purview of the inspiration of the reality of the impersonal justice of the Paradise Trinity. You may reach him personally at email@example.com.
Douglas Burns (Finance Committee Chair)
I grew up in southern California in a Unitarian Universalist agnostic/atheist household. In 1976 I had an awakening to God when I was 18 and, almost immediately after that, I was introduced to The Urantia Book. I studied the book and nearly every subject presented within it for many years with several different study groups. Life, family, and career eventually dominated my time, and my active studying waned. In the last decade, my spiritual hunger reasserted itself, and I began with a new earnestness to study the revelation with fresh eyes. I am eager to serve and have been looking for ways to help with the work of the movement. I study with the Walnut Creek, CA group, and I am the Membership Chair in the Golden Gate Circle Society. I am honored to serve on the General Council, and I am looking forward to my duties as the Finance Committee Chair. I also provide technical support help to the Urantia Book Historical Society.
André Radatus (International Fellowship Committee Chair)
Canadian born, André emigrated to Denver in 1980 to teach learning-difference youngsters in a school founded and fostered by three Urantia Book students where he taught for 15 years. Recently, he spent a year and a half immersed in the French language and Québec culture studying Le Livre d'Urantia with francophone readers in the Laurentians. He has returned "home" to the Front Range of Colorado and currently is utilization analyst for an organic dairy in Boulder. André has three adult children, son Michael and daughters Vanessa and Yvana, two in Denver, one in Seattle. The Urantia Book’s truths have spoken compellingly to André since March of 1976. He has attended study groups regularly and continuously since 1978. André is a trustee, Curriculum Chair, and instructor for Urantia University Institute and is a weekly co-host of The Cosmic Citizen on BlogTalkRadio.
Geoff Taylor (Interfaith Committee Chair)
Geoff Taylor describes himself in this way: “I am a 72-year-old iterative, innovative, experimentalist techie with a background in Aeronautical Engineering. I had several pilots’ licenses, built one jet and crashed one ultra-light. My career as engineer on turbine engines started in Winnipeg Canada, went to Dallas Tx. then to LA. I grew up Anglican but had dismissed God because I could not see why he needed me. At age 40 after being introduced to the Urantia book by PhD physicist Irwin Ginsburg I had an “awakening” which rekindled my early Christian roots and took me back “home” to Winnipeg but not before I had traveled the world, been inside three Space Shuttles and won a couple of Design awards (the ego was getting too big to manage). Back in “home” I started Vista Medical with my brother, invented stretchable pressure sensors for the prevention of bed sores and a few other doo dads. Having sold the business, retired and lost my wife of 43 years to cancer, I am now working on the cure. Crashing that ultra-light in 2003, focused me on the things that matter most, relationship with people, cooperation and harmony. Check out my personal web page www.ubgeoff.com for pictures and my “Theory of Everything," incremental improvement in all things.”
David Kulieke (Education Committee Chair)
A third generation reader. I joined First Urantia Society in 1973 and have served in several positions, including president four times and T.D.A. delegate a half dozen. I served on the Domestic Extension Committee (now Outreach) and the Publications Committee after publishing a Midwest newsletter, which has now been reborn electronically. I created the first study group database and the Society Conclave. An English and music teacher who now tutors and teaches students in China both online and in Shenzhen, I became a General Councilor and chairman of the Education Committee in 2012. I hold these responsibilities to be privileges and trusts, and I intend to continue to maintain and expand the Education Committee’s contributions. Most important in my life are my marriage and family. I live with my wife Marilynn, an experienced servant of the Urantia revelation, in Lincolnshire, Illinois. I have three grown children and four grandchildren who also live in the Chicago area.
Katharina Becker (General Councilor)
Katharina has been a teacher/educator in Switzerland and then New Mexico for nearly 40 years. She has taught social sciences, philosophy, and several languages at the high school and college level and has several years of home schooling experience. She began reading The Urantia Book in 2002. Two years later she joined the Fellowship and began studying the book with a local study group. She has been serving as a member of the Fellowship's Education Committee since 2007 and was elected to the General Council in 2013. Katharina immigrated to New Mexico/USA in her early 30's. She and her husband have raised a multiracial family in a traditional homestead in northern New Mexico that they and their four children built from scratch. Katharina has a curious/inquisitive spirit and a deep love for learning.
Cabot Eudaly (General Councilor)
Cabot says this about himself, "I had a candle-sized experience in which I gave up my old ideas about God and started from scratch with my own understanding of Him. When I described my conception of God to a friend, he said that he had a book I would like to read. I do some structural engineering (buildings), go to several meetings (church, AA, Urantia) since the empty nest (2 sons, 20 and 21). My vision is to integrate the Fellowship as the US or North American branch of the UAI, renaming all as the Urantia Brotherhood."
Bobbie Dreier (General Councilor)
Bobbie was a public school teacher for 37 years and retired in 2001. She and her beloved husband Steve were married 57 years when he left for the mansion worlds in April 2020. They especially enjoyed spending time with two grown grandsons. Bobbie’s been a Urantia Book reader since 1971 and was a member of Urantia Society of Central Connecticut and a founding member of Urantia Society of Greater New York. With Steve she hosted a study group for 45 years. Bobbie’s been actively involved in conference coordination and program planning for summer study sessions and international conferences and was the Fellowship’s Study Group Directory Coordinator for ten years. For many years she has created worship programs for Fellowship summer study sessions and facilitated preconference spiritual retreats for international conferences with Gard Jameson. She has served on the Education and Outreach Committees and is currently an adjunct member of the Education Committee.
Diane Labrecque (General Councilor)
After a series of profound and revelatory spiritual experiences, Diane received the Urantia Book in 1991 after which she felt the inner call to start her spiritual journey of loving service based on the Fifth Epochal Revelation. Consequently, right after receiving the UB, she started her own study group and also organized conferences of her own in different cities within the Province of Quebec. After hearing about the upcoming Urantia Book Fellowship IC’93 Conference which was to be held outside of Montreal where she lives, she served on the organizing committee and also animated a weekly television program for six months informing the public about the IC’93 Conference, which helped to assemble a large crowd of participants. She then went to the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago where the Urantia Book was presented to the participants with great success. She then moved to Boulder, CO where she lived for about three years and got to enjoy living the UB teachings amidst the thriving Rocky Mountain Urantia Community. Next, she moved to Toronto to attend a holistic course in nutritional medicine to perfect her expertise in the field of holistic health. She moved back home in Montreal and worked in that field for several years while attending and serving in various UB Conferences held in different countries. In the year 2010, Diane gave birth to The United Urantia Family where many UB readers met together to celebrate the Fifth Epochal Revelation to Humanity as One United Urantia Family. This new endeavor helped to create the Easter Spirit Renewal Retreats which have been held ever since in different cities and countries. In 2013, she went to visit the Holy Land of Jesus in Israel and visited the various points of interest specifically related to the Life & Teachings of Jesus as revealed in the Urantia Book. Soon after, she was inspired to start her first UB pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Jesus allowing Urantia Book readers to commune together while visiting the landmark places related to the Bestowal Life of Jesus. Diane has repeatedly been a guest on the Cosmic Citizen Radio Program transmitted worldwide to UB readers and hungry souls searching for the Truth. She continues to serve God and Jesus while spreading Love and Light on Urantia to her beloved brothers and sisters as she passes by, up until the day she reunites with the Initiator of her spiritual journey.
Michael Challis (General Councilor)
Michael is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a long time reader of The Urantia Book.
John Hales (General Councilor)
After college and service in the Navy, John ended up in Brooklyn, NY as a psychiatric social worker. The Executive Committee of what was then the Urantia Brotherhood established a field representative program in which he participated. In 1974 the Executive Committee offered him the job of resident director, to handle reader and member services and book order fulfillment. As the first full-time paid employee of the Brotherhood, at the age of thirty-seven he was “the kid” in the office, which was staffed by a corps of full-time volunteers all over seventy years of age. He observed that he “could not have had better mentors.” As a younger member of the old guard, he was well placed to be a “generational go-between” for the older longtime students of The Urantia Book and the incoming “hippies” who first showed up at the 1973 summer conference at Kendall College. As time passed, he served on the thirty-six-member General Council of the Urantia Brotherhood (later The Urantia Book Fellowship). He has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary, Secretary-General, President and Vice President. He is also active with First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book (successor of the Forum), and currently serves as its treasurer. Now, he and his wife, Suzanne, are still living in the Chicago area, enjoying their six grandchildren, the children of their daughter and son who live nearby. As a project, he has undertaken to become deeply involved with his church community. Of his church family, John points out that “they’re all believers, so they don’t need The Urantia Book as such. It’s reassuring that all our angels are at work expanding everyone’s understanding.” It is this attitude of camaraderie with all people that leads him to prefer the term Jesusonian when asked, “What are you?” since we are all Urantians. This has created an opening to many meaningful discussions, and also leads him to state, “I’m just having a ball, because I’m falling in love with so many newfound brothers and sisters in spirit.”
Cecelia Lampley (General Councilor)
I have been reading The Urantia Book since 1976, and since 1981 my husband and I have had a study group in our home. We have been married since 1976 and have two grown sons. I am a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, and I worked with children and their families for about eight years.
Karen Larsen (General councilor)
I have had a very diversified career. From being a waitress and bartender to a United-Auto-Worker at Ford Motor Co. I was the first female to work on the line with only men. After the plant closed down, I attended college through the Trademen's Readjustment Act of 1980, and received an Architectural Certification. I then went on to work in Distribution and went from an hourly receiver to the Warehouse Operations Manager. When the Distribution Center relocated I then stayed home and raised my two children for the next 10 years. During these 10 years I experienced several spiritual awakenings and began reading the Urantia Book [which my father gave to me] in the mid 90's, so when I returned to work it was in a new career of human services, working with At-Risk families, focused on teaching parenting skills. After 15 years in this area, I have transitioned to a Certified Peer Support Specialist working with adults who are most often dual diagnosed. I was ordained in 2011 and I focus on personal ministry to all those I meet. I have also served as a minister for marriages and funerals. I have attended and held study groups for more than 20 years, served as membership chair for Urantia Book Society of Greater New York and currently serve as treasurer of the Urantia Book Service Corp Of New England.
Michael Painter (General councilor)
I am currently teaching philosophy at Ivy Tech Junior College in Indianapolis. I have two sons and three grandchildren. I worked for the Urantia Book organizations headquarters in Chicago from 1979 to 1991. Currently I am serving a second 9-year term on the General Council. Previously, I have served as Vice president and also as chair of the Interfaith Committee. Also, I have served in all offices of and am currently President of the Orvonton Urantia Book Society. Finding the book in 1970, I have been reading it for almost 50 years, and my spirit lights up when I read it now just as it did when I first found it! How many books can you say that about! I have been a speaker and workshop leader at numerous Urantia Book conferences. Also, I created a CD which is a beginner’s guide to the practice of daily communion with our heavenly Father. I have been and continue to be very blessed!
Sue Snider Seccombe (General Councilor)
I am a second-generation reader, as are most of my six brothers and sisters. Since my earliest childhood, our lively family dinner times were often filled with questions about non-breathers, Andon and Fonta, Lucifer, gravity and time and black holes, and Catholics :) I have worked in marketing, advertising and product development for the last 30+ years, concentrating in marketing research, behavior, motivation, and memory. I am looking forward to getting to know more readers and truth seekers, and to learn how the Urantia Book Fellowship can better serve the needs of our growing community!
Ted Blaney (General Councilor)
I will start by saying that I have explored and developed some skill in a lot of different things—too many to mention here. By training I have a masters degree in Chemical Engineering and worked for Proctor and Gamble for 36 years. Most of that time was spent exploring new concepts, developing new products and raw materials, and working with numerous major suppliers to optimize raw material properties, particularly in the area of plastic films, elastics and adhesives. Over the years I had to develop many new test methods to guide the development. I designed and used clinical test, consumer test, test designs and statistical analysis modeling of complex systems. On the side I enjoy gardening, plant breeding & propagation, woodworking, horticulture and landscaping. I was introduced to the UB in 1964, found my first study buddy/study group in the late '60s, and organized my first UB conference in the mid '70's with the second about 5 years later. Many of my study groups over the years have waxed and waned over the years.
Jack Holloway (Spanish Web Content Committee Co-Chair)
In 1966 I made a trip from Los Angeles, where I was visiting my maternal grandparents, hitchhiking to Santa Barbara, in search of my best friend from northern Indiana who was supposedly living there. All of my leads quickly dried up, and I found myself standing on a street corner as the sun set, having no idea what to do or where to go. At that point two mysterious, bearded men appeared, and asked me if I needed a place to crash (i.e., sleep). I accepted their kind offer and soon we were comfortably installed at their place. After a simple meal, they produced this large, blue book, and began reading and discussing various “cosmic” sounding ideas and concepts. I was totally enthralled by the content of this book, and the only information I was given about the book was that it had been written “by Archangels." I had this distinct visual image of the book, but for the life of me could not remember the name.
Fast forward back to Indiana, where I finished my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and followed with a Master’s in Sociology, teaching Social Problems for a year before heading south to Key West to buy a sailboat and dive sunken treasure from the 1622 Spanish Plate Fleet. A Coast Guard Charter Captain’s License opened up new opportunities to explore choice parts of the Caribbean, and for years I lived in Central and South America, principally Colombia.
In retrospect, the whole purpose of my trip to Santa Barbara years before would appear to have been to get to know this big blue book. Yet, in spite of that fact, it would not be until 1979, on a return trip to San Francisco, that I finally found The Urantia Book in a so-called “Occult Book Store." It almost jumped off the shelf into my hands, and I instantly knew this was that book. The book and I soon left for Colombia, and for most of the 1980’s, I read and re-read the book, finally finding a cosmological perspective that was big enough, internally consistent enough, and that rang that “truth bell” so loud that I could not help but believe it. In all the years leading up to this discovery, I had studied religion, metaphysics and so-called psychic phenomena intensely, but never finding a unified, internally consistent, fully comprehensive explanation of all of the big questions in life.
Returning to the United States in 1991, I was living in Miami, where several Spanish-speaking friends saw me reading and studying the UB, became interested, and found out that it was now being published in Spanish. We formed a Spanish study group, but I was soon appalled at the rough quality of the translation, and we worked for 3 or 4 years, correcting the first three parts of the book. We sent these corrections to the Urantia Foundation, being informed by Seppo Kanerva, who was the Norwegian Chief of Translations at the time, that these corrections had been incorporated into the second printing of El Libro de Urantia.
Moving back to Indiana in 2010, I married my old college sweetheart, who was an elementary school teacher in Fort Wayne, I discovered the remnants of the Urantia Book Study Group founded by Meredith Sprunger in that city. I became a member of the Fort Wayne group, as well as a member of Orvonton Society, chiefly through contact with Bob and Linda Buselli. We moved back to Bloomington, IN four years ago, and I am presently a member of the Bloomington Study Group and a member of the Fellowship General Council, where I work with the International Fellowship Committee (IFC) and the Spanish-speaking website team.
Pablo Segovia (Spanish Web Content Committee Co-Chair)
I was born in Argentina in 1976, raised a Catholic and I have lived in several countries in South America at different periods in my life. I have been a truth seeker since I remember, but it was not until 12 years ago that I began to ask existential questions to myself; as a consequence, I started studying different religions and philosophies to the point where none of them satisfied my questions, then became atheist for a while. It was at that moment that I looked up to the sky and prayed for answers, and guess what. At that moment a guy appeared at my door with a lot of new concepts and wisdom, and with this strange book under his arm. Later on he explained that I was ready for it; in retrospective, now I understand what he meant. He became a father to me who patiently guided me for about 10 years. I have been a businessman since I was 23, but now I am more interested in our father's business. What I love the most in this material world is gardening, building things, creating community, and talking about God. I love my family very much and I would love to have this feeling for as many people as I can in this short time on Urantia.
Albert Einstein Lassiter (General Councilor)
Having very diverse parents (impoverished North Carolinian father and affluent Japanese mother) and seeing from their angry/hating behaviors how not to live, plus attending a few sessions of catechism -- that was all I needed to unconsciously become a born again atheist at an early age, with rather different concepts about what a father is. Now, as a recovering born again atheist, I have been enjoying listening to The Urantia Book 3 or 4 times each year. (It only takes about 120 hours each time, so that’s only 80 minutes a day for 3 months each time.) Hearing The Urantia Book makes me think things I didn’t know I needed to think. Also, as a hyperdimensional tool, it transforms my mind in ways that allows me to hear more deeply meaningful information each time I listen to it, thus expanding my mind in ways I will never be able to unthink. After many years at Hewlett-Packard as a Systems Engineer and a lifelong ministry as a jazz composer/arranger/performer, I now live in an intentional community south of Coeur d’Alene Idaho in off-grid earth-sheltered domes with my wife Jena Lassiter, where she gardens in our year-round earth-sheltered greenhouse, and I work ClickUp Tasks for the Fellowship all day long. I am very excited to ever improve at serving the Fellowship.
Sally Annabella (General Councilor)
Sally is from Seattle, Washington. She has volunteered in many ways for the Fellowship, active in the music program at international conferences, and currently helping with our graduation memorial web page. She is interested in the Family Life committee, Interfaith Committee, and International Committee. Her experience performing in the role of Treasurer for the Pilot Light Society of Seattle, and as Secretary for other organizations, has prepared her well for her new role as a General Councilor. Sally was also on the Musician's Committee to help organize for IC17 in Denver and also led an art workshop there.
Oluwatooni Oyeyemi (General Councilor)
Hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Toni is a truly dedicated man with a deep joy who wants to help create a curriculum to be easily understood by children - he really wants to serve. He hopes that the Fellowship can grow as a borderless community that reaches every religion, race, and language.
He says about himself: I have benefited greatly from the Fellowship and the book. I believe I have some knowledge and experience to share and contribute. I consider service the next step in my journey. I am a pastor and have served in ministerial positions for over 15 years. I am very committed to the study of The Urantia Book, personal devotion and personal growth. I have excellent teaching and administrational skills, and am also comfortable with financial statements. I have a good exposure and understanding of other religions as well.
Alvin Lockett (General Councilor)
Alvin lives in Gastonia, North Carolina, and was previously on the General Council. He works as a tutor for children in 3-6th grade, has experience with a 501C3 and a good awareness of Robert's Rules of Order. Alvin helped start (or did start) a project which feeds 1,400 children a day in southern Arkansas. He has been reading for 49 years and after tending to many projects now wishes to return to the Fellowship as a General Counselor again with renewed purpose and drive. He hopes that the Urantia Book continues its important role as the 5th Epochal Revelation in the spiritual uplift of the planet and provides spiritual satisfaction and refuge for truth searchers worldwide.
Of himself, he says: I have been a student of the book since 1972. I was an early instructor in what was then the inauguration of the Urantia Book Internet School. I have given numerous workshops, presented topical addresses at conferences, served as a minister and teacher for Sunday services, done radio and television interviews on behalf of the Fellowship, worked book fairs, participated in over five study groups, shared and discussed The Urantia Book with hundreds of readers and searchers of truth, and published several articles.
Michael Perrie (General Councilor)
My spiritual path began as a mystic in my early 20's, when I was given a copy of the Urantia Book, and my journey has ever since slowly developed into an increasing outer expression of sharing the story of Jesus' sweet message of love.
Just before that time, I was inspired to pick up the Bible I had been given in the Episcopal church, and to read anew the Red Lettered words. I read them as if I had never heard them before–as if I was sitting on the hillside listening to this man Jesus, and asking myself, “What is it he wants me to know?” ... “What is it that he really wants me to understand?” This sparked a deep and fervent spiritual quest, and it was not long after that a good friend handed me a copy of the Urantia Book.
My love of learning has led to a study of the Course in Miracles, with which I led study groups in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Oregon for over 20 years. Afterwards I followed my inner calling to become an ordained minister in 2013, and now work at the world headquarters of the Unity movement in Unity Village, Missouri.
When not pursuing my spiritual life I established two East coast jewelry businesses; worked as a crew foreman rehabilitating low income housing in Virginia; sold home mortgages, mutual funds and life insurance; purchased everything from nuts and bolts to financial enterprise software; and wrote contracts for new city parks and street car construction, as a senior procurement officer for local government in ‘Keep it Weird’ Portland, Oregon.
After coming upon the book almost 50 years ago in upland Virginia, the understandings that it has imparted of the great adventure into the Divine that we are every one engaged in has enlivened all of my days.
John Lange (General Councilor)
I have been a student of the Urantia Book for 48 years and a member of the Oklahoma Urantia Society since 1971. I served as President in 1973 and was given a service award in 1972. I have served on the General Council for 20 years, being a member of the Executive Committee for most of that time. On the Executive Commitee I served as Vice President, Judicial Committee Chair and International Fellowship Committee Chair. I have given workshops and presentations at many conferences, including all four Scientific Symposiums. I introduced the UB to Russia in 1995. More recently I have joined a group of UB readers and started a medical clinic associated with the Free Schools in India. I am a medical doctor living in Fort Smith, AR. This year I left my surgical practice to accept a position with the VA. This leaves me more time for service to give back to this organization that has encouraged my spiritual journey, and to help make it more inviting to the next generation of Truth Seekers. My hope for the Fellowship is that we dedicate ourselves to planting the seeds for the spiritual harvest of future generations.
President - Geoff Theiss
Vice President - David Schlundt
Secretary - Jill Strunk
Treasurer - Brent St. Denis
Secretary General - Larry Bowman
Worldwide Service Team Chair - Stephen Sawyer
Fellowship Service Team Chair - Lara Amyx
Media and Communications Service Team Chair - Jena Lassiter
Interfaith Committee Chair–Geoff Taylor
Outreach Committee Chair–Paula Thompson
International Fellowship Committee Chair–André Radatus
Finance Committee Chair–Douglas Burns
Judicial Committee Chair–Tom Allen
Membership Committee Chair–Dan Amyx
Publications Committee Chair–Cristina Seaborn
Education Committee Chair–David Kulieke
Youth and Young Adult Committee Chair–VACANT