Rev. Andrew graduated from the Holmes Institute, was licensed by Centers for Spiritual Living in 2012, and was ordained in 2015. He served as Assistant Minister at Albuquerque CSL for 5 years, where he was a beloved teacher, steward, and administrator, and led a weekly worship service of celebration, music, and laughter.
Drew earned a liberal arts degree from Dartmouth College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Theater from the University of New Mexico. He nurtures bold self-expression in others, and brings his extensive experience in collaborative creativity to everything he does. He likes to sing out loud.
Drew also had the privilege of working in hospice for 10 years. This awakened in him the precious and deeply spiritual nature of our time together on earth, and the essential beauty of life. Losing both of his parents during his ministerial training, Drew had the exquisite opportunity to walk through his grief publicly with his spiritual community. This was an amazing learning experience that left him with a heart wide open both to sharing his own tenderness and vulnerability, as well as creating safe space for others to do the same.
Originally from rural upstate New York, Rev. Drew has called New Mexico home for 25 years. He is an artist, a traveler, an aesthete, a writer, a cyclist, a dancer, and generally a person who tries to take big juicy bites out of life and all its delights every day. He is married to Travis Chapman, his partner of 16 years. They have three wonderful cats.
revdrew [at] bosquecsl.org
Patty Stephens began singing on her first breath. She is the mother of one son, Gabriel, and sister to 10 siblings, auntie to 20, and great auntie to 24. Every one of them sings. That is the legacy of family that Patty brings to Bosque Church.
She has spent her life developing her voice as an instrument and has a passion for community singing and song leading skills that make it happen. “Song Spiral” is a program she developed for families with wee ones. The sole purpose of this program is to re-introduce music making into family life and communities. In addition to thirty years as a performing musician and music director in Centers for Spiritual Living she has played with the best of the best in New Mexico’s Jazz scene and is currently lead singer in the award winning band “The Brazil Project.” She is also a faculty member of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.
Patty Stephens has the ability to get inside a song and tell the story in a way that leaves an audience feeling like they have been in her home, at her table. She has a lovely studio in the North Valley where she teaches group and individual lessons and produces house concerts amidst the cottonwood trees in the company of her two feline friends, Romeo and Lalo.
songspiral [at] gmail.com
Board of Trustees
Bosque CSL is governed by a Board of Trustees. Each member of this Board is elected by the Members of Bosque CSL to a three-year term of service. The Board meets monthly to discuss Center business, finances, and activities. Monthly Board meetings are open to anyone. Currently, we are meeting via Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Rev Drew for details, revdrew [at] bosquecsl.org.
Email the Board – board [at] bosquecsl.org
Candidates for the Board of Trustees
The Board is pleased to present three new candidates to serve on our team. Election will take place at our annual community meeting on February 5, 2023, at 11:30 am. The size of our Board is flexible. Our bylaws allow for anywhere from 3 to 7 Board members. Two members of our current 6-person Board will be completing their term, so we have openings for up to three new members.
Jennifer has been a member of Centers for Spiritual Living since first being introduced to the philosophy in 1987. She has been an active member of Bosque CSL since it’s inception, attending services regularly, participating in classes and other creative projects, and being a part of the set-up team on Sunday morning. She would like to deepen her involvement in the Bosque community by serving on the Board. Jennifer has a keen mind for discerning what information is important, as well as being able to take excellent notes while actively listening. Jennifer has deep roots in Albuquerque—her parents went to Highland High and UNM, and her grandfather worked at Sandia Labs. She is well grounded and thoughtful, and would be honored to be on the Board.
I am interested in serving on the Board of Trustees for BCSL because I wholeheartedly support our vision for this community and our world. I have attended and been a member of BCSL since 2017/2018. BCSL has held me up through trials and tribulations of loss and grief; encouraged and celebrated moments of vulnerability and growth; and inspired an expansion of my own sense of humanity. I believe our community to be a living embodiment of loving kindness, courage and playfulness. For this position, I am organized, creative and intentional. I declare my offer to serve on the Board and to help cultivate our vision to flourish together by living mindfully, authentically and inclusively. Respectfully, Melissa