Rev. Cowden is the President and Treasurer at the Spirit of the Lotus. He graduated from Princeton University in 1989, and subsequently spent a year as a VISTA Volunteer (the domestic version of the Peace Corps) where he created and supervised a program to assist low-income seniors, receiving an award for outstanding service to the Los Gatos Community in 1990. He thereafter attended Santa Clara University School of Law, graduating in 1993. Rev. Cowden has been a minister since 2001 and later became ordained by the Spirit of the Lotus in 2012. He recently authored The 7 Utterances of Christ on the Cross, A Guide for Living Rightly and Ascension, a booklet which reveals the spiritual meaning of Christ’s last words, how they form a bridge between Eastern and Western religious traditions, and how they can lead you on the path to enlightenment. This work has already received positive reviews from across the religious spectrum, with praise on a number of accounts.
Rev. Lang is the founder and head minister at the Spirit of the Lotus. A vision of a great retreat center and City of Light came to her in 1976 where people of all religious faiths and beliefs could retreat, worship and congregate. She was ordained as a Minister in 1984 from the Church of Revelation, and thereafter received her Doctor of Divinity degree and a Credential of Ministry from the Assemblies of God World Conference on March 24, 1989 and April 20, 1989 respectively. Her mission is to train teachers, healers and ministers to disseminate the ancient Wisdoms and Universal Spiritual Teachings and to help prepare them to serve God and humanity compassionately and responsibly. Rev. Lang provides spiritual counseling and aura readings for people throughout North America, India, Asia and Europe. She often volunteers teaching Yang and Chen style Taiji Chuan to senior citizens.
Rev. Sonderman is the Administrator of Spirit of the Lotus. She was ordained by the Church of Revelation in 1991, and is a compassionate, loving minister. Rev. Sonderman bridges the Eastern and Western lineages through her experience with the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian faiths. She was ordained in 2012 as a Minister for Spirit of the Lotus in Belen, New Mexico. Her certification in Bach’s Flower Remedies is one of many healing arts that will be offered at the Spirit of the Lotus.
Rev. Smith is the Secretary and a minister for Spirit of the Lotus who was ordained in 2012. Prior to this ordination, the University of New Mexico recognized her outstanding candidacy and awarded her a graduate assisstantship to pursue an MBA. Rev. Smith is an experienced teacher, holding certification in both California and New Mexico. She has primarily worked in high need schools serving low income families, English language learners and migrant students. She holds a yoga certification and has offered classes to students, teachers and congregation members. In addition, Rev. Smith holds certifications in both climate policy and energy management. In order to exercise her vision of locally based sustainable agriculture, she regularly manages a gardening club and is dedicated to teaching people how to grow their own food, and exercise for health. Her spiritual work and experience includes wide array of faiths outside of the Judaeo-Christian paradigm. From an early age, she traveled throughout Japan and Europe to broaden her global knowledge. She currently bases her ministry out of New Mexico, regularly partnering with community leaders to explore diverse and creative ways of serving others.
Rev. Le, M.Ed is a minister for the Spirit of the Lotus, and the Marketing Director. He holds a background in counseling, teaching, and teacher training. He has worked in the Gulf Region with a focus on education management and enhancing educational opportunities for students with diverse learning needs. Matriculation at Oxford introduced him to the idea that individualized instructional programs benefit all students. He feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to facilitate volunteer networks overseas. He has edited publications for the University of Hawaii on the subject of disability studies and early childhood intervention.