Speaker Bios

Meet the 2017 Lecturers

John M. Tyler, CSB – Oct. 27, 2017 (Detroit)

When John Tyler discovered Christian Science as a teenager, he wanted to shout the good news from the rooftops. He soon realized, however, it’s not words so much as selfless loving and healing, which attract people to this truth. In his full-time healing practice of over 30 years, he has seen God heal many supposedly incurable cases. He loves sharing his understanding of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s works on Christian Science.

John started his professional life working briefly as a labor organizer to protect exploited sweatshop workers. As a social activist he was concerned with solving “all the world’s problems.”  He was involved in spiritual counseling of inmates in a state penitentiary. To help end the Cold War, he felt we must understand the underlying issues and build institutions to solidify a just society. He became research director of the Istituto Atlantico in Milan, Italy. Then, having earned degrees from schools on both sides of the Atlantic—at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, and Princeton University, USA—he taught political science at Princeton and at the University of Pittsburgh. While teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, he founded a residence for students that seeks to heal racial divisions in America. For his involvement in this project he received the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award.

Before committing himself to full-time healing work as a Christian Science practitioner, John began to see that it was more important to understand and work within God’s government of the universe, rather than in man’s attempts to govern. This led him to a full-time profession of spiritual healing as a Christian Science practitioner.  Despite his love of teaching, he discovered there is nothing as fulfilling as healing through scientific prayer.

John’s talks are designed to show how natural it is to change our vision of ourselves so we all can become spiritual healers. Far from needing a special healing talent, he is convinced that the whole purpose of Christ Jesus’ career was to show every one of us how to understand God and our unity with Him in such a way that we can demonstrate this in every aspect of our lives. His talks are, therefore, sprinkled with examples of how we can heal naturally.

John has spoken to audiences in every imaginable venue, from prisons to secret meeting places behind the [then] Iron Curtain. He has given talks in six languages on five continents.

Mark McCurties, CS – June 9, 2017 (Detroit)

Mark McCurties is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and travels from his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

He has had a life-long love of the Bible and its inspiring message of individual triumph over adversity. After graduating from college he spent a number of years in the field of education where he worked as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor, and athletics coach. While working with young people, he had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences eventually led him into the full-time public practice of Christian Science.

Maryl Walters, CSB – April 22, 2017 (Detroit)

Maryl Walters, from St. Louis, Missouri, is a longtime Christian Science practitioner and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.  In addition to speaking to audiences in the US and internationally, Mrs. Walters has advanced degrees in Theological Studies and represents the Church of Christ, Scientist, at the US National Council of Churches.  She also participates in several other local and national ecumenical and interfaith organizations between lecturing engagements.

Detroit Foundations of Freedom Speaker (2014)

Virginia Harris, CSB

Virginia (“Ginny”) Harris has a special place in her heart for Detroit.  Before moving to Boston in the mid-1980s, she and her husband, Reed, lived in the Detroit area where they raised their three sons.  Ginny was actively involved in a number of community organizations and Reed was an executive with Burroughs Corporation.  Life was very good, but it was about to change.

Ginny Harris

Ginny Harris

One morning, while crossing Woodward Avenue, she was involved in a serious car accident that left her in critical condition, and the prognosis for her recovery was not encouraging.  However, she experienced a rapid and complete healing with no medical intervention – and this experience changed her life.  Since then, she has devoted herself to helping others find lasting freedom and success in overcoming health, business, relationship, financial and many other challenges through spiritual means.

Today, Ginny is an international speaker, teacher and spiritual healer.  She has spoken about the practicality of spiritual ideas to heal and solve problems to groups as varied as business leaders, academics, scientific researchers, healthcare professionals, theologians, and government officials. Medical professionals, clergy and community groups continue to consult with her as they seek to understand more fully the relationship between prayer, consciousness and health, whether for the individual or for an entire community.

As a Christian Science practitioner for over 30 years, she has improved the lives of thousands through her diverse, multi-faith and international spiritual healing practice.  She teaches a yearly course in Boston on living a spiritual life, and she also conducts an annual international, post-graduate seminar on metaphysical healing.

Ginny served for 14 years as one of five members of the Board of Directors of the worldwide Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and currently serves on its Board of Lectureship.  The Church and its various publications, including the seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, were founded by Mary Baker Eddy, who also wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, her best-selling book on spiritual healing.  Ginny is a founding Trustee of The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity.

Ginny was invited to join the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s symposium, “Spirituality & Healing in Medicine” and served in this capacity from 1995 to 2002.  During this seven-year period, she addressed the subject of spirituality and healing from the Christian Science perspective, speaking to thousands of physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals, and clergy.

Major Media Appearances and Interviews

  • National Broadcast— two hour-long exclusive television interviews on Larry King Live!, as well as radio interviews on NPR and various major-market and syndicated programs, including WJR’s Paul W. Smith.
  • Books—Interview excerpts in the books, Life’s Messages for Moms, Larry King’s Powerful Prayers, Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, and Boston: All One Family.
  • Major Print—The New York Times, Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, US News and World Report, Forbes, Women in Faith and Spirit, Publisher’s Weekly, Vital Speeches, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly anda cover featureinThe Boston Globe Magazine.
  • Web—VirginiaHarris.com – regular blog posts; an audio chat titled “Spirituality: What it is and what it isn’t” on ChristianScience.com.