Los Angeles Branch

New IDMR International President

Due to the recent retirement of Dr. Gary Mathess from the Office of President of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, the International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new President. Dr. Mathess stated that it has been his honor to have served as President since 1983.  He will retain his position as Trustee. The results of the election were announced at the February meeting of the International Board of Trustees held on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  Dr. Keith Gilkey was elected as the new International President of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research. The Board wholeheartedly welcomed Dr. Gilkey to his new position and thanked Dr. Mathess for his years of service.

 

IDMR BRANCH SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE to COVID-19 and Visitation Restrictions

Prior to making plans to visit ANY IDMR Branch School, please check the Branch Schedule Updates at the bottom of the News Page to ensure that class is being held and to ensure there are no visitation restrictions.  Also, please contact the branch directly in advance to make them aware of your plans to visit, to verify the current class schedule and to obtain any COVID-19 related protocols.  Some branches are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and many branches are unable to accommodate visitors at this time due to social distancing requirements.

 

Announcements

 

Please do not send personal mail to IDMR PO Boxes, specifically, International Headquarters and the Los Angeles Branch. The Los Angeles Secretary is having to stand in line to sign for personal packages and personal mail. IDMR PO Boxes should only be used for branch school business.

 

MP3/MP4 PROGRAM UPDATE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DEAN

In accordance with the request of the International Dean, all active members in good standing prior to COVID-19 should remain on the MP3/MP4 distribution list in their branch school until July 1, 2021. The previous cutoff date of January 1st is being extended until July 1, 2021.  Members who were active prior to COVID-19 should not be removed from the list.

 

IDMR BRANCHES NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE MP3/MP4 PROGRAM

It is the desire of the International Dean that all IDMR members have access to the MP3's and MP4's.  If you are a member in active status attending a branch that has opted out of the MP3/MP4 Program and you would like to receive the lectures, please contact Dr. Patricia Nelson via email at super@idmr.net.  If you do not have access to email, please contact her by phone at 951-236-6160. You may also contact Dr. Alysia Bradford at international@idmr.net.  Thank You.   

 

 

CHARTS NEEDED FOR IDMR LAWTON BRANCH

The IDMR Lawton Oklahoma Branch needs a digital Ages & Dispensation Chart and a Carnal Ordinance Chart.  If your branch school has one that is no longer needed, please contact the IDMR Lawton Oklahoma Branch.  The Lawton Branch will pay shipping costs. Thank you.

 

 


OBITUARIES

 

The Shreveport Branch extends their sincere condolences to Dr. Sarah Williams and Dr. Reuben Williams on the passing of their Mother, Dr. Darleen Williams, a longtime member of the Shreveport Branch.  After a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer, Dr. Williams passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family.  Calls are accepted at this time.  The family contact person is Dr. Sarah Williams (318) 518-5040.  Cards and condolences may be sent to: The Williams Family, 5813 Yarbrough Road, Shreveport, LA 71119.  Funeral Services for Dr. Williams will be held on SATURDAY, May 8, 2021 at 11:00AM at the John H. Wilson Chapel, 3038 Hollywood Avenue, Shreveport, LA  71108 (across the street from Zion Baptist Church).  Viewing will be from 10AM - 11AM  (This will be a closed casket service).  Dr. Williams will be lying in state on FRIDAY, May 7th from 12 Noon until Closing at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, https://www.heavenlygates.net/ 1339 Jewell Street, Shreveport, LA  71101.  *Please Note:  All COVID restrictions will be enforced.  Masks are required.  Families should sit together, and attendees should remain as socially distant as space permits.  The facility usually holds 500, but due to Covid, 250 is the max so social distancing can be observed.

 

Dr. Alex Bailey, formerly a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and currently a member of the IDMR Hayward-Berkeley Branch, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  For many years, Dr. Bailey served as President of the IDMR Hayward Branch and provided assistance to the State Superintendent as a member of the Operations Committee for the California State Officers Board.  A private service will be held for immediate family members.  The service will be live-streamed and a link for viewing will be posted on idmr.net.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Tony Bailey, at 1999 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro, CA  94577.  Dr. Bailey requested, no phone calls please.     

 

Notified on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Dr. Mary Whitley, a member of the Hayward-Berkeley Branch passed away.  There will not be a service. Expressions of condolences may be sent to her daughter, Dr. Careen Whitley, 214 Sheridan Road, Oakland, CA  94618.  No flowers or plants please.


Dr. Roosevelt Beatty, longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and husband of Dr. Florence Beatty, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021, due to an illness not related to Covid-19. Dr. Beatty was formerly a member of the International Board of Trustees. There will be no service. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Florence Beatty, 1806  W. 132nd Street, Compton, CA  90222.  You may contact her at 310-635-3549 or their son, Dr. Scott Beatty, at 310-766-0270.   

 

Dr. Herbert Jones, the first member of the IDMR New Orleans Branch under the Deanship of Dr. Aaron Bryant, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021.  Dr. Jones is a longtime member of IDMR and currently a member of the New Orleans Westbank Branch.  Dr. Jones dedicated his life to the preaching of the gospel.  Dr. Kinley used him in a very special way.  He was instrumental in bringing many members of the New Orleans Branch to class.  Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, there will be no service.  A private burial will be held for immediate family members.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Paula Jones, 4018 Elba Street, New Orleans, LA  70125.  Dr. Paula Jones may be reached at (504) 905-4564.  

 

Dr. Cary Reynolds member of IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, husband of Dr. Nurcelle Reynolds, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Services for Dr. Cary Reynolds will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, beginning at 9AM, at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home located at 2128 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113.

 

Dr. Gloria Haynes passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, mother of  Drs. Gilbert and Janet Haynes of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, beginning at 1PM, at Boyd’s Funeral Home located at 5001 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126.  Dr. Janet Haynes may be contacted at (504) 408-7132.

 

Ms. Earnestine Boudy, mother of Dr. Darrell Boudy of IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Dr. Boudy can be reached at (504) 920-6022.

 

Dr. Ashley Charles, daughter of Drs. Dorzal and Fulton Hicks, and granddaughter of Dr. Brenda Thomas, all of the Lafayette, LA Branch, passed away on March 5, 2021.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on March 13, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. CST, and will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Funeral-Service---Cemetery/Melancon-Funeral-Homes-Inc-1833125036717897/.  Additional information and virtual guestbook are available at www.melanconfuneralhome.net/obituary/ashley-jovan-cheryl-charles.  Condolences may be sent to the family at 128 Country Village Dr., Youngsville, LA 70592.

 

Dr. Katherine Moore, a longtime member of the IDMR Shreveport Branch, wife of Dr. Wayne Morris, transitioned on Thursday, March 4, 2021, after battling a long illness not related to COVID-19.  Expressions of condolences can be sent to her daughter, Dr. Tanesha Johnson, 6214 Nottaway Drive, Shreveport, LA 71119.  A Virtual Tribute for Dr. Katherine Moore of the Shreveport, LA Branch will be held starting Saturday, March 20, 2021 through Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  You can view the tribute at any time by clicking on the link: https://vimeo.com/523952400/1a2b83c3ed.

 

Dr. Barbara Joubert, a longtime member of the IDMR Lake Charles, Louisiana Branch passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021. A private service will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her husband, Dr. Robert Joubert, 315 Martin Oaks Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501.  No further information will be forthcoming.  The contact person is Dr. Robert Joubert, (337) 540-9223.

 

Mrs. Addie Ray Hill, mother  of Dr. Ernest Hearsley, Sr., of the IDMR Raleigh Branch passed away on February 24, 2021.  The memorial service will be held on Saturday March 5th in Marlin, Texas. Expressions of Condolences may be sent to Dr. Ernest Hearsley at 2312 Fire Tower Road Louisburg, NC 27549.

 

Dr. Frances Como, longtime member of the IDMR and mother of Drs. Mary Colucci and Ann Mastropaolo of the Los Angeles  Branch, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Monday, February 22nd. She lived her life in dedication, faith and trust in Dr Kinley. At this time, the family is requesting no phone calls. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Stephen Colucci, 611 N. Fairview St., Burbank, CA 91505. 


Mr. Tony Holman, the brother of Dr. Seretha Robinson and Dr. Patricia (Ora) Jarrett-Holiday, members of the Grand Rapids, Michigan branch, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. There will be a service held in the spring. 

 

Mr. Ronald Chatters, father of Dr. Kimberly Tolbert of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021, in Mcdonough, Georgia.  Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Kimberly Tolbert, 2846 E. Via Fiano, Ontario, CA  91764. 

 

The mother of Dr. Sonya Freeman of the IDMR Raleigh North Carolina Branch, Mrs. Louise Sewell passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021. Services have not been finalized. Condolences can be sent to 4232 Prelude Street, Raleigh, NC 27616. No Flowers, please.  The contact person is Dr. Bernard Freeman 919-810-1025.

 

Ms. Simzie Louise Watson, sister of Dr. Kent Watson of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch passed away on February 4th  in Philadelphia, PA.  A service will be held in Philadelphia, PA.  No further information will be forthcoming. The contact person is Dr. Kent Watson (323) 533-1510 or Dr. Deborah Watson (323) 573-1443.

 

Mr. Benjamin McLiechey, Sr., the father of Dr. Benjamin McLiechey, Jr., a member of the Grand Rapids, Michigan branch, passed away Friday, January 29, 2020. They cremated Mr. McLiechey, Sr. and will have a memorial service for him in the spring of 2021. 

 

Dr. Elmer McGriff, longtime member and Vice President of the IDMR Tulsa Oklahoma Branch transitioned on Friday, January 29, 2021, unrelated to COVID. Memorial services are pending.  Expressions of condolences can be sent to Ms. Sheila Starr, 4746 E. Latimer Place, Tulsa, OK 74115, please no flowers.

 

Dr. John Watkins, a longtime member of IDMR Elmira New York, transitioned on January 25, 2021.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife:  Dr. Patricia Watkins, 771 Southport Street; Elmira, NY 14904.

 

Mr. James Cecil Lewis, father of Dr. Crystal Lewis-Myles of the Los Angeles Branch, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 and many underlying medical conditions.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to: 3511 West 59th Place,  Los Angeles, CA 90043.


Ms. Joanne Burns, sister of Dr. Walter Burns of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to: Dr. Walter Burns, 2011 S. Shenandoah Street, Los Angeles, CA 90034.  

 

Our condolences to the family of Dr. Lawrence Rochon. He was a member of the New Orleans Westbank Branch.  Dr. Rochon departed the flesh on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

 

Mr. Leroy Johnson Jr. from Tampa, FL passed away on January 2, 2021.  Mr. Leroy Johnson is the brother of Dr. Maurice Johnson of the Dallas, Texas branch. Funeral/Memorial services are pending. Expressions of condolences may be sent to: Maurice and Gwendolyn Johnson, 2002 Sylvan Drive; Garland, Texas. 75040.

 

 

BRANCH SCHOOL REPORTS: An important announcement regarding Branch School Reports has been posted on the International News page of the IWBA.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Information from International Headquarters regarding the Coronavirus pandemic has been moved to the IDMR COVID-19 webpage on this site: http://www.idmr.net/Coronavirus/Coronavirus.htm.

International Headquarters has compiled a directory that lists Coronavirus resources for every state that has IDMR Branch Schools.  Please click on the following link to view or download the directory: IDMR COVID-19 DIRECTORY.pdf 

 

IDMR Home Bible Study Course

The free Home Bible Study Course has been discontinued and is no longer offered by the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research.

Intranet/Network Updates

Please contact your Branch officers or refer to the Intranet Site for a list of IDMR e-mail addresses.
 

 

Media Coverage of IDMR

Public Relations

IDMR International CD "Elohim the Archetype (Original) Pattern of the Universe"

IDMR International Public Relations mailed a CD to every branch of the Institute entitled, "Elohim the Archetype (Original) Pattern of the Universe."  IDMR Branch Schools are requested to make a copy of this CD available to their members, either free of charge or at a minimal cost to cover the reproduction expenses of the CD. 
 

Digital Chart Orders

As of March 2, 2017 International is now accepting orders for digital charts. 


Holy Name Bible Inquiries
Although the Holy Name Bible is one of the biblical resources utilized by the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR), the IDMR neither prints nor publishes the Holy Name Bible, and is in no way affiliated or associated with any organization that prints or publishes it or claims to do.


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