Rev. Tom Newman
Tom literally grew up in Metaphysical Spirituality when he began attending the Shrine of the Master Church of Tampa at the age of 11. He began his Metaphysical studies with Rev. Dorothy Flexer, who with her husband Russell founded the Shrine of the Master Churches of Tampa and Sarasota. Only the Sarasota church is still in existence today. Tom became a vibrational healer at age of 18 and upon graduation from college, entered into the business world in 1975. In 1979 he moved to Sarasota and went to work as an Engineer with GTE which became Verizon in 1999. Tom served in various senior manager positions in the Network Engineering and Planning Department and took early retirement in 2006. Tom began giving talks and spirit messages at church services at the age of 27.
Tom began his ministerial studies in 1990 and was ordained as a minister of the Church Metaphysical Christianity in 1995. When Rev. Dorothy Flexer made her transition in 1996, Tom became one of the church pastors. He has just celebrated his 17th year as the Senior Pastor of the Sarasota Center of Light and 50 years as a student of Metaphysics. He teaches a variety of development and awareness classes in addition to conducting three church services a week. Tom has taught workshops and served on the platform at Lily Dale Spiritualist Camp in western New York for the past four years. He has also been the guest speaker at churches in Virginia, New Mexico, York England and several locations in Florida.
Tom retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico at the end of May 2013, where he continues to teach and work as a medium. If interest in a phone reading with Tom, contact him at 505-490-3654.
Rev. Susan Deegan
If it seems like Susan Deegan has been part of the Sarasota Center of Light family forever, you would be close! Susan grew up in the Sarasota area, and joined The Center in 1971. During that time, she had the distinct honor of studying under original Center founders, Rev. Dorothy Flexer and Dr. Russell Flexer. She continued to enhance her studies by attending workshops held by some of the greatest mediums of our time. These include renowned spirit masters such as Rev. Richard Schoeller, Bill Coller, and our own Rev. Tom Newman -just to name a few.
Today, Susan is celebrating over 17 years as a Certified Healer and over 10 years as a Certified Spiritual Counselor and resident medium. She is also Associate Minister at Sarasota Center of Light, so you'll occasionally find her assisting Rev. Tom with Sunday services and more often than not, providing spiritual consultations during Psychic Saturdays.
Rev. Lisa Johnson
Rev. Lisa Johnson has dedicated the majority of her life in the healing arts and the study of Metaphysical Spirituality. Her training took place in London, England, where she trained first as a nurse at the prestigious St. Bart's Hospital where she met the world famous healer, Harry Edwards. He became her mentor and teacher and always told her that she would travel to Florida and pursue her love of teaching and healing. Rev. Lisa joined the Sarasota Center of Light in the early 70's and studied under our founder, Rev. Dorothy Flexer. Further years of study earned Lisa her ministerial certification. Rev. Lisa has recently trained an advanced group of healers that serve at the Sarasota Center of Light. Rev. Lisa has her office in Sarasota and is offering a unique modality of mediumship, combining healing and counseling together. This brings about wonderful results of health and balance, working with the mind, spirit and body. Her private sessions can be arranged by calling 941-822-0255 or the church office at 941-953-6620 for an appointment.
Metaphysical Spirituality is a science, philosophy, and religion and is based on the life, teachings, and demonstrations of the Master Jesus. Here's how we're different.
Our Principles and Beliefs
Our church is multi-dimensional in nature: it is a place where you can feel the energies of God and the Healing Power and experience contact with spirit loved ones and spirit guides.
Our Church's History
The Sarasota Center of Light is celebrating over six decades of Metaphysical Spirituality!
Meet the Flexer's, our visionary founders. Together, they brought Metaphysical Spirituality to the world, creating a Center of Light in Sarasota.
Metaphysical Spirituality emphasizes eight Spiritual Laws which, when followed, form the essence of right living.