ALC’s History

Our Founders

Rev. Jenna Watkins

Rev. Jenna Watkins

Dwile Heggem

Dwile Heggem

Barbara Heggem

Barbara Heggem

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALC is a nonprofit corporation registered in Washington State in 1992.

The initial vision of Abundant Life Center came to Rev. Jenna Watkins during a silent retreat in November, 1992. Jenna experienced being directed by Spirit to begin a New Thought Church. Jenna asked Spirit to show the way.

Shortly thereafter, Rev. Jenna spoke with her friend and fellow seeker Dwile Heggem. Much to Dwile’s surprise, and with no previous notion, he asked Jenna to help start a New Thought Church in Vancouver. Recognizing the voice of Spirit, Jenna agreed without hesitation. On January 3, 1993, Rev. Jenna, Dwile, and his wife, Barbara, convened the first church gathering at the Heggem’s home in Ridgefield, Washington.

Dwile began receiving what he referred to as the “4:00 AM Revelations,” guidance and insight to move the vision forward. Vancouver New Thought Community Church was established, and the first formal Sunday service was held May 2, 1993.

In 1995, Rev. Julie Applegate was hired as Senior Minister, the name was changed to Abundant Life Center (ALC), and continuous growth led to the leasing of a full time space.

In 2009, ALC became a congregationally led New Thought Spiritual Community, with a Guiding rather than Senior Minister. A Spiritual Leadership Team of lay members was established to work with the Guiding Minister.

As an independent New Thought church, Abundant Life Center has experienced moves, growth, changes in leadership, evolution of our intentions, and growing clarity about our beliefs. We honor all the leaders who have supported our life as a spiritual community.

Senior Ministers

Rev. Jenna Watkins

Rev. Jenna Watkins
1993-1997

Rev. Julie Applegate

Rev. Julie Applegate
1995-2002

Rev. Kathleen Verigin

Rev. Kathleen Verigin
2003-2006

Rev. Neil Heilpern

Rev. Neil Heilpern
2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guiding Ministers

Rev. Martie Geltz

Rev. Martie Geltz
2009-2011

Rev. Suzan Hill

Rev. Suzan Hill
2011-2012

Rev. Auda Marie

Rev. Auda Marie
2012-2013

Rev. DyAnne Greentree-Wood

Rev. DyAnne Greentree-Wood
2013 – 2016