Our Story

The Story of the Santa Rosa Center

In 1954, meetings began in a private home on Clark Street in Santa Rosa.

Under the guidance of Rev. Arnold Hansen, the community moved to its first home on Orchard Street.

First Church of Religious Science, Santa Rosa
Clark Street
Orchard Street Building
Orchard Street
Arnold Hansen, Richard Leo, Mary Murray Shelton
Rev. Arnold Hansen, Dr. Richard Leo, Rev. Mary Murray Shelton

A new phase of growth began in 1978 under Dr. Richard Leo with the community growing to 300. Another surge in growth to 600, under the leadership of Rev. Mary Murray Shelton in 1986, resulted in the community seeking out larger meeting halls and eventually settling in the former Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Edward Viljoen
Dr. Edward Viljoen

Out of Africa via Los Angeles, our current senior minister, Dr. Edward Viljoen, assumed leadership in January, 1994. He has presided over the purchase and remodeling of our current facility at 2075 Occidental Road.