Holmes Institute History


United Church of Religious Science has provided formal education for ministerial students since 1972, originally through Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry. In 1996, that function was assumed by a new entity, Holmes Institute, A Graduate School of Consciousness Studies. And then, in 1997, the Institute began offering a three-year master of consciousness studies degree. In 1999 the Institute name was changed to Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies.

The Holmes Institute distance delivered courses have been authored by and taught by a graduate level faculty who are well respected in their fields, published authors, and trained researchers and scholars, presenting the leading concepts and work being published in these fields.

Holmes Institute grants a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies that has been a DETC (now DEAC) accredited degree since June 2003. At that time of the first accreditation, the Institute was located in Los Angeles. In July 2008 Holmes Institute moved to Golden, Colorado. The SITE visit in October 2008 for its first reaccreditation by DETC was held in Golden, Colorado.

In July 2008 Holmes Institute had a new management team that has remained the same until recently. Rev. Gregory Toole was the president of Holmes Institute and Rev. Dr. Lynn Connolly was the Director of Holmes Institute until April of 2013. The current administration includes Rev. Dr. Bob Deen (Director from 2013 to 2015), who then became the President in November 2015, Rev. Dr. Christina Tillotson as the Distance Education Dean, and Rev. Dr. Kim Kaiser as the Academic Dean. The staff of Holmes Institute that has offices in Golden includes Maureen Thurston, the Administrative Registrar for Holmes Institute and Laura McGee who is the Administrative Assistant. Holmes Institute has its Administrative Office at the Headquarters Building for the Centers for Spiritual Living.

The Holmes Institute now offers a Master’s Degree Program in Consciousness Studies and a Certificate in Spiritual Education that consists entirely of courses taken through the Holmes Institute distance education academic program administered through the Holmes Institute Administrative Office in Golden, Colorado.