119 Florence Avenue

P.O. Box 2714

Grass Valley, CA  95945

Sunday Service at 10:00 am

Our mission:
To provide an inclusive community of unconditional love, co-creating a joyful celebration of life through teaching and modeling spiritual principles and practices in accordance with the Science of Mind philosophy.

Practitioners provide professional services.  Suggested Minimum for Licensed Practitioners is $45.00.
Suggested Minimum for Ministers $50.00.  Intern Practitioners do not charge for services.
No one is ever denied treatment for inability to pay.

Spiritual Mind Treatment/Affirmative Prayer works!!

Take advantage of this healing service!!

Our Ministers

Our spiritual leadership is here to serve you on your journey of awakening.

Please feel free to contact us, we look forward to serving you.

Rev. Rafe Ellis, Senior Minister

Shera Banbury, RScP
(530) 277-9390

Rev. Madalyn has been an active member of the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living since 2001, first, as a Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner, and then as a Licensed Minister in various roles over the years.

Rev. Madalyn is a California native, growing up in Thousand Oaks before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has her B.A. in History from U.C. Santa Barbara, her studies took her to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and she earned a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. After her years in the corporate world as a Human Resources Director and consultant, she received her Minister's License in 2006. Prior to that she received her Practitioner's License in 1996 after studying with Dr. Margaret Stortz. Rev. Madalyn served on the Religious Science International Board of Directors for three years and she served on the Integration Team bringing the United Centers and RSI into one organization, the Centers for Spiritual Living. Rev. Madalyn was ordained in April 2014. She has a certificate in Dream Tending from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a certified SoulCollage facilitator. When she is not teaching, Rev. Madalyn and Gary, her husband, love to travel around the world and come home to their mountain top home in Nevada City and their two cats.

Julia Robles Scott, RScP
(530) 575-2966

Sandy Thein, RScP
(530) 306-6703

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our Practitioners

We are here for you! We believe "with God, all things are possible".
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, relationships, health or career. You are God's wondrous gift. Let a Practitioner remind you of that!

We have spiritual advisors (Licensed Practitioners) available to meet with you each week after Sunday services for no fee. You may also place a written prayer request in the Prayer Request Box on the Practitioner Table next to the front entrance, or go to the "Prayer Requests" tab on the menu and fill one out online.  Each Monday afternoon the Practitioners and Ministers gather to hold consciousness for the perfect healing of all situations and conditions. Spirit is all there is and we recognize your wholeness, prosperity, health, loving relationships and divine self expression.

Our Licensed Practitioners:

You may also call a licensed practitioner and schedule an appointment with them during the week for a $45 fee.  Here is a list and contact information for our Licensed Practitioners:

Our Board of Trustees

Trustees are elected by the congregation annually. The Board is committed to comprehensive, timely and open communication with the congregation; and to serving the highest good of our Spiritual Community.

To contact any or all of the Board members, please email,  phone (530) 274-1018, or send mail to: P.O. Box 2714, Grass Valley, CA. 95945


Name                            Title

Marilyn Gayle                  President

Sandi Schilling                Vice-President

Hillary Dart                    Treasurer

​Rev. Rafe Ellis                Corporate Secretary

Diana Carolan                 Recording Secretary

Jill Wiggins

Debra Ellis, RScP

​Stephen Huiting

Debra Ellis, RScP
(916) 390-5816

Lori Stitt, RScP

(530) 852-7588​


​Rev. Madalyn Wade, Assistant Minister

​Rev. Rafe is the new Senior Minister serving the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living as of August 1, 2018. He has been an active member of Centers for Spiritual Living since 2003, in service as a Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living – Santa Rosa, Center for Spiritual Awareness – West Sacramento, First Church of Religious Science – Vallejo and most recently as the Senior Minister at Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living – Placerville.  He also serves at the organizational level as a member of the Centers for Spiritual Living Nominating Council and as a Commissioner on the Centers for Spiritual Living Diversity Inclusion Commission.

Rev. Rafe is a Virginia native, though he proudly claims Asheville, NC as his hometown explaining that Asheville was the first place his Soul recognized Itself as being at home. From the secular world, Rev. Rafe brings a wealth of experience from his years as a Social Worker, Fire Fighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and Deputy Sherriff, as well as, a business owner and lapidary artist.  He holds a B.A. in Social Work and Psychology from Warren Wilson College, an MBA-OD from American InterContinental University, an MA from Holmes Institute and a Certificate in Ministerial Education from Centers for Spiritual Living School of Spiritual Leadership.  He has been a Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner since 2008 and a Licentiate Minister of Centers for Spiritual Living since 2017.    

Rev. Rafe is an inspirational speaker, gifted counsellor, master teacher and lifelong social justice activist.  As Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Johnson, the founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries and an Instructor at the Holmes Institute says: 

“Rev. Rafe is one of the most promising ministerial students I have ever had. He is truly someone with a call on his life. His wisdom is profound, his heart an open embrace and his words cut straight to the chase. He is a true ally in the world of healing and transformation in his uncompromising stand for Oneness. I expect great things out of his career.”

Rev. Rafe shares his life with Debra Ellis, his best friend, soulmate and bride of 12 years and their two fur children, Taz and Thor. When he’s not actively engaged in the duties of being a minster, you can find him in the woods, usually near a body of water with a fishing pole.​