Your background in Christian Science is significant. Many people find themselves wounded emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. The Fellowship of Former Christian Scientists offers hope in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and an invitation into relationships with people who can relate.
We connect people with a background in Christian Science and those who walk alongside them with Christ-centered resources, care and community.
We long for all people with a background in Christian Science to have a real relationship with the real, living God of Scripture.
What we believe
We believe in biblical Christianity and hold to the following statements.
Scripture: The sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired, authoritative Word of God. Scripture, rightly understood within its cultural, historical, and literary context, is true. (2 Peter 1: 19, 21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:14)
God: God is one, living, eternal, all powerful, and true personal being. Though one God, Scripture teaches that God is known in three distinct persons as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person is distinct from the others, yet each is fully God. God is distinct from his creation. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; John 4:24: 1:14, 18; 15:26; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 4:8; Genesis 17:1; Matthew 3: 16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Creation: God is the creator of heaven and earth, of all things, both visible and invisible. Everything God made is good and is intended to thrive and be fruitful. God’s pre fall creation is the way things are supposed to be. (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16)
Rebellion: Mankind rebelled against God. Though intended only for good, God’s creation now experiences sin’s presence, corruption, and condemnation. Things are not the way they are supposed to be. We live in a fallen world. (Genesis 2:17; 3:6-8, 13; Romans 3:10-12, 23; I John 1:8,10)
Redemption: Jesus, the Son of God, the promised savior of the Old Testament, came to earth as a human being. He lived a life of perfect righteousness, died on the cross for sin, and rose again overcoming death. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection all who are in Christ have the certain hope of a life in the age to come, that will far surpass life in our present fallen world. Now we live in the “already” of Jesus’s redemption and waiting in hope for Jesus’ promised return, the “not yet.” (John 1:1, 14; 17:2; 20:25-27; 1 John 5:20; Philippians 2:6, 8; Hebrews 2:14-17; 9:12, 15; Luke 1:27, 31, 35; Romans 1:3-4; 3: 25-26; 5: 19; 14: 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Ephesians 1:11)
Restoration: Jesus, the Son of God, promised to return and bring restoration. He promised a time of judgment when all those who follow Him will receive resurrection bodies and be freed from sin’s presence, corruption and condemnation. At that time all those who follow Jesus will live with God in the new heavens and new earth forever. But those who don’t believe in Jesus will justly perish forever on account of their sins. (1 John 5:12; Romans 2:5-9; Mark 9:42-48; John 5: 25-27; 14:6; Romans 8:30; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Act 17:31; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Matthew 24:36-42; 25:31-46; Acts 3:19-21; Revelation 21; 22:20)
God has uniquely gifted and positioned me for this work. I grew up a third-generation Christian Scientist living on the St. Louis campus of The Principia School, a school for Christian Scientists. I attended Principia through my first year of college. I left Christian Science (CS) after September 11, 2001 when I was faced with the undeniable reality of evil in the world. Confused by the inconsistencies between CS and the world, I lived in spiritual darkness and denial for eight years. In 2008 I overheard a conversation on faith in a coffee shop that caught my attention. I felt hope. I desired a relationship with God, was convicted of my sinful heart, and read Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who is There. I began attending Grace and Peace Fellowship, a PCA church in St. Louis. There I came to know the God of Scripture and professed Jesus as my Savior. I was baptized December 13, 2009 and almost immediately began studying my new faith at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. I graduated in 2013 with a degree in Educational Ministries.
After leaving CS, I longed for fellowship and resources to help me understand what had happened. I felt very alone and isolated during this time. When I finally met another former Christian Scientist it was incredibly helpful and healing to be able to connect. We knew the same language and had many of the same experiences. Hearing her story helped me understand mine better. I felt called to reach out to other former Christian Scientists. I realized there was a real need for a ministry working to connect former Christian Scientists and provide resources specifically for people with this background. I found others were praying for this, too. This led me to form FFCS in January of 2014.
FFCS Board Members.
Rev. Chris Smith
Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church
Rev. Chris Smith was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in central Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University in 1991 with a degree in Public Relations, he did youth ministry for a Presbyterian church in the Pittsburgh area. After Sonja finished at Purdue a year later, they married, and she joined Chris for another 4 years of ministry in Pittsburgh. In 1996, the Smiths moved to St. Louis for seminary. Chris graduated in 2000 with an M.Div and has had a broad range of ministry experience over the last 15 years, serving in both urban and suburban contexts, as an interim pastor and a church planter. In July 2016 Chris accepted a call as an Assistant Pastor at Covenant. Chris and Sonja have two girls, Abigail and Hannah Grace, two boys, Xander and Andrew, and one golden retriever, Baylee.
Air Force, Retired
Frank McGuigan is a retired Air Force officer and recent graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. and MA in Counseling. He served in Illinois as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church of America and now preaches regularly at NAPARC and evangelical churches in southern Illinois and St. Louis County, Missouri. His private counseling practice is located at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in Ballwin, Missouri where his wife, Virginia also serves as Director of Music and Worship. Frank and Virginia met as undergraduates at Temple University in Philadelphia, and married in 1980. Frank has worked and traveled in over 20 countries around the world; and together, he and Virginia have lived, studied, and raised two grown sons in 12 U.S. states and Germany.
Cindy grew up in St. Louis close to Prinicipia and has been aware of the presence of CS here almost all of her life. She met Katie during her studies in Educational Ministries at Covenant Seminary. She was intrigued by Katie’s journey from CS to Christ and as God would have it, they were in many of the same classes where they began a strong friendship. Upon graduation they continually encouraged each other’s post-graduate ministries.
Cindy graduated Wheaton College with a degree in English Literature and Education and worked in public relations for many years before becoming a Montessorian preschool teacher and later a Children’s Ministries Director.
She is married to Doug whom she met at church. Doug graduated from Bethel College and is recently retired from Ameren. They have easily supplanted their two adult children who live out of town with an English Springer Spaniel and a black Labrador Retriever.
Cindy’s passion is faith-passing to children in the church and she pilot tests her curriculum with her preschool friends at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship West. Additionally she tutors immigrants and refugee children at Firm Foundation’s tutoring centers, specifically implementing their Montessori Math grant. (Firm Foundation is a division of Restore St. Louis led by New City Fellowship.)
John AndrewsJohn Andrews is a civic leader in Colorado, where he is well known as a state senator, university lecturer, media commentator, and ministry executive. Raised as a fourth-generation Christian Scientist and Principian, he is now a Presbyterian elder, administrator of Ananias.org, and the author of “Jesus in Pursuit,” a spiritual autobiography, as well “Mrs. Eddy’s Children,” a study of how Christian Science holds families captive.
Linda Kramer grew up in a Christian Science family and studied chemistry at Principia College. She deeply loved Christian Science, its people, and Principia. At the age of 30, Linda came to the stunning realization that Christian Science contradicts the Bible while claiming to spiritually clarify it. After an intense period of study, she had to make a choice between what the Bible says about Jesus and how Christian Science portrays him. She chose the Bible, and her life has never been the same.
Despite a new, vibrant Christian life, Linda fought a long struggle to gain emotional freedom from her Christian Science training. Her quest for wholeness eventually led her to the study of “thought reform” and to publishing a book entitled, Perfect Peril: Christian Science and Mind Control.
Dr. Linda Kramer authored the book, Perfect Peril: Christian Science and Mind Control. Since 1996 she has volunteered with Christian Way: Former Christian Scientists for Jesus Christ in capacities such as maintaining the Christian Way Web site, co-moderating the discussion forums, and correspondence.
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