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ANTN Leadership

Rev. Dr. Jerry Troyer, President

Rev. Jerry Troyer has been active in New Thought for nearly 30 years.  Licensed as a Religious Science Minister in 2005, he also holds a Master Degree in Religious Studies and a Doctor of Divinity from Emerson Theological Institute.      

In addition to being board president, Jerry serves as staff minister at San Diego’s Om Center for Spiritual Living, and  also works as Director of Relationship Development for Urban Street Angels, an organization providing bridge housing for homeless transitional youth, ages 18 to 25.

A published author, Jerry travels and speaks regularly in ANTN, Unity and CSL pulpits across the country. Jerry lives with his beloved Golden Retriever, Maggie, in the San Diego area, and has a son, Brandon, and seven grandchildren who live in Oregon.

Rev. Dr. Bill Marchiony, Vice President

Rev. Dr. Bill Marchiony is co-founder and Spiritual Director of New Thought Philadelphia. He has been a practitioner since 2002, studying with Rev. Dr. Carol Lawson at the Center for Conscious Living. Rev. Bill received ministerial credentials in 2011 from Emerson Theological Institute, and was ordained in 2019. He also leads the ANTN Marketing Team.

He is the author of Practical Prayer for Real Results, hosts the weekly “Practical Prayer” podcast, and a YouTube channel for Practical Prayer.

Rev. Bill is a “minister of technology”, helping other ministers and organizations keep up in our increasingly networked world.

Rev. Gay Beauregard​, Treasurer

Rev. Gay Beauregard is the Sr. Minister of The Alpine Church of Spiritual Living. She has been writing a weekly column since 2003 for the Sun Newspaper entitled “Thought for the Week” which are the “seed thoughts” for her Sunday messages. 

Rev. Gay was born and currently lives in San Diego County in a quaint home overlooking 45 acres of pasture in Alpine, CA.  She retired in 2019 after 40 years as a commercial insurance agent. 

She’s always loved to sing, beginning at age 4 in the children’s choir of the Methodist Church, followed by  various church and community choirs.

Rev. Dr. Pjae Stanley, Board Secretary

Rev. Dr. Pamela (Pjae) Stanley is the senior minister of Harmony Spiritual Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She studied with ANTN co-founder Dr. Marilyn Hall in the mid-1990’s, holds a BS in Organizational Management from HBU Paul Quinn, a master’s degree and Doctor of Divinity from Emerson Theological Institute. Rev. Pjae is an ordained New Thought Interfaith minister and the host of ANTN's monthly Thought Leader Thursday (TLT) virtual speaker series.

Rev. Pjae also facilitates her Real Talk: Wrestlings & Wranglings discussion group for authentic sharing of stories, helping participants uncover pathways through their personal evolution.

Rev. Dr. Brock Ford

Rev. Dr. Harold (Brock) Ford is an ordained Science of Mind minister through Emerson, as well as a Unity Prayer Chaplain through Unity of San Francisco.  He holds a Master’s in Interfaith Religious Studies from Emerson.

He also volunteers working with homeless people, as well as advocating for homeless dogs.

Brock works as a trainer, coach and realtor for Century 21/Alliance in San Francisco.

Rev. Paul Hoyt

Rev. Paul began studying New Thought in 1985 with Emmet Fox’s "Power Through Constructive Thinking." That book has profoundly influenced Paul to this day. He has also studied Edger Casey and A Course in Miracles.

In 2000, he was introduced to ANTN member Center for Conscious Living where took many classes that eventually led him to becoming a licensed Practitioner and an ordained Minister. He has taught many classes at CCL, including co-facilitating the core "Foundations” class with Senior Minister Rev. Carol Lawson. When Rev. Carol retired, Paul stepped up and became Interim Minister for over a year. After Rev. Katherine McClelland became the new Senior Minister, she asked him to work with her as Associate Minister. He has been serving in that capacity since May of 2022.  

He happily joined ANTN’s Board in 2022.

Rev. Deni Ralston

In 1987, Deni began her New Thought path at Unity of Louisville.  Since then, she has served in a variety of capacities, including as a Y.O.U. sponsor, a Unity chaplain and a Licensed Unity Teacher at Unity Near The Villages in Florida, which is where she currently serves.
She is also on the Board and is a monthly guest speaker at CSL Manatee. In November 2022, she became the LUT Representative for the Southeast Region Unity Board.
She has an Interfaith Ministerial credential, a Masters in Spiritual Studies degree, a Religious Science Practitioner credential and is ordained as a Religious Science Minister all from Emerson Institute.  Deni has been involved with ANTN since and 2019 and joined the ANTN conference team and the Board in 2022.

Her mission is “to minister by living fully, questioning, learning, teaching, and serving others with compassion and kindness.”

Rev. Dr. Melissa Higginbotham
Emerson Institute Representative

Rev. Dr. Melissa is the Director of Educational Resources for Emerson Theological Institute for whom she teaches, develops curricula, and designs new areas of study. She is an ordained Interfaith and Religious Science minister, and heads the Ordination Committee for the Emerson New Thought Center (ENTC) “Church Without Walls.” Dr. Missy earned a Doctor of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in 1998, a Doctor of Spiritual Studies in 2016, and a Doctor of Religious Studies in 2021, both from Emerson Institute. She also has an MS in Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BA in Music from California State University, Fresno.

Rev. Missy has a broad esoteric background covering mysticism, shamanism, vibrational healing, and other spiritual practices. She belongs to the Sound Healers Association and The Labyrinth Society. In 2020 she published “Voicing the Sound Eternal: Transformational Power of Sound and Consciousness.”

Rev. Dr. Michele Whittington
Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Michele Whittington was in the first Emerson Institute ministerial graduating class in 1998 and served Creative Living Fellowship, a Religious Science Church and Teaching Center, for almost 22 years as its Senior Minister.

She stepped down from the pulpit in 2018 and is now actively pursuing her ministry through Unleash Your Life Consulting.  By mentoring individuals and couples and by offering classes, workshops and retreats, she supports people in taking the brakes off in their lives and embracing their dreams. She is a certified Real Love Coach, a Master Teacher in The Art of Feminine Presence®, the author of two books and ANTN's Executive Director.

When she's not taking care of all of that, Dr. Michele enjoys her unleashed life in Phoenix, Arizona, with her beloved rescue poodle Curly.

Rev. Dr. John Karn

Dr. John is a licensed and Ordained minister since 2015 with a Doctorate of Divinity and a Doctorate in Religious Studies.  He’s a certified hospice chaplain and religious science practitioner as well.  He’s an Animal Chaplain and serves a large rescue group as a foster family.  He is on the faculty of the Emerson Theological Institute for online and in-person classes since 2014.  He’s been serving the homeless since 2017 with hot meals and clothing. 

He is on the Emerson Theological Institute's board.

He is also the Administrator of the Affiliated New Thought Network.  

Phone: (831) 372-1159


Rev. Dr. John Karn, Administrator


7918 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N332
La Mesa, CA 91942

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