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|"The Spiritualist Church of Awareness was chartered in May of 1975. Founding members included: Thomas Berkner, Elizabeth Edgar, Amelia and Nicholas Sourant, James and Elizabeth McConnell, Dorothy Riser, Virginia and Willie Starling, Sara Lee Person, Cheryl Ann Kohler, Diane Davis, Sandy and Edward O. Budd, and Estelle Henry.
For a short time the church services were held in the homes of the members. Within a few months a store front in Winter Park was rented. Wooden bookshelves were made, and a system to record sermons was installed. The Rev. Pamela K. Ward, N.S.T. and the Rev. Elizabeth R. Edgar were ordained in the church when services were still being held in the store front. Mae Graves Ward and the Rev. D. Mona Berry were among those who helped the church by conducting services during that time.
The church's Rev. Elizabeth R. Edgar Library exists due to the generous gift of books from her personal collection. At the 1991 N.S.A.C. Convention, Rev. Elizabeth R. Edgar was granted the title of Secretary, Emeritus of the N.S.A.C. She was a Certified Medium and Commissioned Healer. Rev. Edgar made her transition to spirit on May 15, 1992.
The Rev. Jean Kerr Lerch, N.S.T. was ordained on June 26, 1993. She serves as Pastor of the Spiritualist Church of Awareness and is a Certified Medium, Commissioned Healer, and National Spiritualist Teacher. Rev. Lerch serves as Secretary of the National Spiritualist Teachers Club, The N.S.A.C. Missionaries Society, and the Bureau of Phenomenal Evidence Committee. She has represented the religion of Spiritualism at Rollins College. She participated in the healing seminar at the N.S.A.C. Centennial Convention in Chicago. Rev. Lerch has written a pamphlet for Potential New Members that is distributed by the N.S.A.C. office, and was presented with the N.S.A.C. Summit Centennial Cover Design Award. She teaches classes in the church and has served as President on the church Board of Directors.
* Dottie Riser- Secretary, Jim McConnell - Trustee, Virginia Starling - Treasurer, Nick Sourant - President, Betty Edgar - Trustee, Jim Henry - Trustee and Tom Berkner - Vice President
|1975||Spiritualist Church of Awareness chartered
by NSAC with 15 founding members (May).
|1975||Storefront rented for services in Winter Park.|
|1984||Bought and moved into current church.|
|1989||Rev. Pamela K. Ward transitioned (January 24).|
|1991||Hosted 99th NSAC Annual Convention (October)|
|1992||Rev. Elizabeth R. Edgar transitioned (May 15).|
|1992||Rev. E. Ann Otzelberger ordained (December 5).|
|1993||Rev. Jean Kerr Lerch ordained (June 26).|
|to 2009||Rev. E. Ann Otzelberger and Rev. Jean Kerr Lerch Co-Pastors|
|Church Paid in full.|
|Church Fashion Show|
|New Roof installed after Hurricane.|
|2000||Rev. Elaine S. Hager ordained (November 19).|
|2005||New lighted exterior sign installed in honor of Betty McConell (May 15).|
|2003||Rev. Sharon A. Watson ordained (November 23).|
|2007||Church Sanctuary upgraded (new design, paint and carpet).|
|2007||1st Pastoral Appreciation Day (May)|
|2007||Rev. Tammi Jo Anderson ordained at Maine NSAC convention (October).|
|2007||Rev. Leslie Chaillou ordained in the mountains (November 25).|
|2008||Church exterior upgraded (new fence and church paint),
Gazebo purchased and Meditation Garden installed.
|2008||2nd Pastoral Appreciation Day (June 8)|
|2008||1st Spirit Fun Fest (September 20)|
|2009||2nd Spirit Fun Fest (April 25)|
|2009||3rd Pastoral Appreciation Day (May 17)|
|2009||Rev. Jean Kerr Lerch, Pastor (May 17)|
|2009||Booth at Orlando Veg Fest (October 24)|
|2010||Rev. Leslie Chaillou, Pastor (May 16)|
|2010||4th Pastoral Appreciation Day (May 16)|
|2010||118th NSAC Convention (October 4-8)|
|2012||Rev. Jean Kerr Lerch, Pastor (March 18)|