“The spiritual needs of the congregation of the FIL are served by a team of active ordained Ministers. The Ministers alternate in officiating at our Sunday services and respond to congregant’s pastoral needs upon request. Needs may include spiritual counseling, telephone contact with the sick and/or elderly, and responding to financial requests of those in need.

Ministers are also available to officiate at Weddings, Christenings, Baptisms and Funerals. Our Prayer-Healing Group meets weekly; all prayer requests are gladly received and promptly acted upon.

To find out if there is a Minister near you, simple call or email

Bruce Shelton
Bruce SheltonMinister of the Fellowship of the Inner Light
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Bruce has served as a Minister of the Fellowship of the Inner Light since 1984, following his ordination by Paul Solomon. He currently serves in the role of Senior Pastor. Bruce is a retired Virginia Probation and Parole Officer. Since 2003 he has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in addictions treatment. Bruce has always viewed his ministerial work at the FIL as a labor of love and as a wonderful opportunity to be of service to others.
Cynthia Funk
Cynthia FunkNumerous roles at the Fellowship of the Inner Light
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My name is Cynthia Funk. I have been participating in numerous roles at the Fellowship of the Inner Light since the mid eighties. My twin sister and I were born and raised in Connecticut. I have made my way South in stages including a several year chapter in New York City during which I taught High School in the suburbs. Following a chapter in Washington, DC, I moved to Virginia Beach to obtain my Master's degree in Clinical Social Work at Norfolk State University and work some thirty years as an outpatient mental health therapist. With joy, I adopted my daughter from El Salvador in 1983. She lives close by in Richmond. Having recently retired, I am enjoying reading and gardening.
Dick Dinges
Dick DingesFormer pastor in the United Church of Christ
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Dick Dinges is a former pastor in the United Church of Christ, where he served churches for 26 years. Following this he was a Chaplain with Heartland Hospice for 15 years. He has been retired since early 2020. He lives in Virginia Beach with his grandchildren, dog, cat, and rabbits. He is an organic gardener, and enjoys participating in the cycle of life from building the Earth to harvesting daily from the garden. Dick is also on the Board of Virginia Beach Friends of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. He is interested to hear from anyone who has had an NDE and is ready to talk about it. He can be contacted through the church. Call the church at 757
Larry Jennings
Larry JenningsMinister of the Fellowship of the Inner Light Church in Virginia Beach
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Larry Jennings was ordained in 2005 as a Minister of the Fellowship of the Inner Light Church in Virginia Beach where he still serves on the Pastoral Council. He has served as the Pastoral Chair, President of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer...He is a member of the Masons belonging to Ruth Lodge No.89 AF & AM in Norfolk and serving as their Treasurer since 2007. He is a member of the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. Retiring July 2020 as Funeral Service Vice President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes in Virginia Beach and the Tidewater area. Larry served 45 years as a Funeral Director serving families with compassion, understanding and dignity. Now I have retired I will continue to serve the Fellowship of the Inner Light as a minister and remaining active on the Pastoral Council. I also plan on traveling, spending time with my family and continuing to serve families in need on a part time basis with Altmeyer Funeral Homes. I reside in Virginia Beach living in the Carolanne Farms section of Kempsville with my wife Sharon. Our three daughters and sixteen grandchildren all reside in the Tidewater area and bring great joy to my life.
Sarah
Sarah Music Minister
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Sarah is a long-time member of the Fellowship and has studied the teachings of Paul Solomon for many years. Sarah was ordained as a Music Minister and helps with the music during Joy In Worship Services. Sarah's other areas of interest are working with the Altar and facilitating the Prayer Healing Experience.
Stephen Poplin
Stephen Poplin M.A., CHT, professional coach and transpersonal hypnotherapist
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Stephen Poplin, M.A., CHT, professional coach and transpersonal hypnotherapist, is a sometime college instructor of philosophy and humanities; he taught these subjects, plus utopian philosophy, in various colleges in the USA and Europe. He was ordained by the Fellowship of the Inner Light in 1988. Stephen earned a B.A. in Philosophy (cum laude) and an M.A. in Humanities at Old Dominion University in Virginia. His graduate emphasis was on Comparative Religions and Intercultural Studies. Stephen is a social researcher and writer; he published “Smoke & Mirrors” under a pen name, Stephen Paine, in 2006, describing mass-hypnosis and politics. In 2017 and 2018 he published "Inner Journeys, Cosmic Sojourns: Life transforming stories, adventures and messages from a spiritual hypnotherapist's casebook" – volumes one and two. Stephen has demonstrated the power of the mind and suggestion in numerous hypnosis presentations over the years, mostly for educational and interpersonal improvement. Stephen's professional practice includes empowerment seminars, trance-personal journeys, and body-mind-spirit integration. Stephen is a professional astrologer and an inspiring public speaker and workshop leader with clients worldwide. He is known for his compassion, insight and humor. Stephen worked at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, which is associated with the George Washington University Medical Hospital, where he consulted with individual clients and medical personnel; he also taught courses on the medical uses of trance and suggestion. Stephen taught a popular university course on Cultural Symbology at HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany. He also advised and coached international students there, as well as attained the Germany federally recognized “Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie“, which is a complementary psychotherapist designation. Stephen is a veteran of the US Army medical corps and served in Korea, Texas, Washington and Colorado.
Lloyd Kremer
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Sharon Solomon
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