The Story of Our Founders
The Shrine of the Master, Church of Metaphysical Christianity, was started in 1949 in Sarasota, Florida.
Its founders were Rev. Dorothy G. and Dr. Russell Flexer,
a husband and wife team of Spiritualist ministers and mediums. The church evolved from the Spiritualist Episcopal Church, the parent organization that the Flexer's belonged to in the early days of their ministry.
In 1958, the Flexer's created a new religion and called it Metaphysical Christianity.
Reverend Dorothy Flexer
After starting churches in Reading, Pennsylvania and Norfolk, Virginia, the Flexer's under the guidance of Spirit, came to Tampa, Florida in 1946. One year later, they, with the help of others, started the first Shrine of the Master Church. Two years later in 1949 the second Shrine of the Master church was begun in Sarasota.
The Flexer’s dream for the Shrine of the Master was to bring to people spiritual truth and understanding found within the physical and spiritual planes of existence. These teachings are brought forth with everyday language and are taught with practical applications that can be used by anyone regardless of their level of understanding or experience. The primary subjects that are taught in the services are an understanding of Spiritual Law, vibrational healing, meditation, spirit communication, mediumship development and biblical history and interpretations.
Through the guidance of many Spirit teachers and many people on earth, the Shrine of the Master has evolved into a “Center of Light” where all people can come to worship and learn according to their interests.
Dr. Russell Flexer
Metaphysical Spirituality is a science, philosophy, and religion and is based on the life, teachings, and demonstrations of the Master Jesus. Here's how we're different.
Our Principles and Beliefs
Our church is multi-dimensional in nature: it is a place where you can feel the energies of God and the Healing Power and experience contact with spirit loved ones and spirit guides.
Our Church's History
The Sarasota Center of Light is celebrating over six decades of Metaphysical Spirituality!
Meet the Flexer's, our visionary founders. Together, they brought Metaphysical Spirituality to the world, creating a Center of Light in Sarasota.
Metaphysical Spirituality emphasizes eight Spiritual Laws which, when followed, form the essence of right living.