Los Angeles Branch

New IDMR International Secretary

The International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new Secretary due to the retirement of Dr. Marion Harris.  The results of the election were announced at the September meeting of the International Board of Trustees held on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  Dr. Deborah Sharp was elected as the new International Secretary of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research. The Board wholeheartedly welcomed Dr. Sharp to her new position.


New Trustees Elected

The International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select two new Trustees to fill the vacancies on the Board due to the demise of Dr. Marion Harris and Dr. Oliver Gill.  Dr. Deborah Sharp of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was elected as Trustee and Dr. Ronald Glover, Dean of IDMR Franklin-Middletown, Ohio was elected as Trustee.  Dr. Glover was also recently appointed and approved as Ohio State Dean.  The International Board of Trustees extends a hearty welcome to them. 


New IDMR International Treasurer

Due to the recent retirement of Dr. Marion Farley from the Office of Treasurer of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, the International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new Treasurer.  Dr. Farley stated that it has been an honor to serve as International Treasurer for 36 years.  He will retain his position as Trustee.  The results of the election were announced at the July meeting of the International Board of Trustees held on Saturday, July 24, 2021.  Dr. Joseph Lafergola was elected as the new International Treasurer of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research.  The Board wholeheartedly welcomed Dr. Lafergola to his new position and thanked Dr. Farley 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.




The following guidelines were announced recently in the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and contain recommendations regarding COVID-19 protocols for IDMR Branch Schools from International Headquarters: IDMR_MASTER_10-21-21 Facilities Screen.pdf and IDMR_Branch_Facilities_Guidelines 10-21-2021


Please be advised that Hightail will conduct a scheduled maintenance on Friday, October 29, 2021 starting at 10pm and ending on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at approximately 2am, to perform an infrastructure upgrade. During this window the Hightail service will NOT be available.  Service will be restored as soon as the maintenance is complete, which should take no more than 4 hours.


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.



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.   



Dr. Oliver Gill, Trustee, Ohio State Dean and Dean of the IDMR Springfield Ohio Branch, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Dr. Oliver E. Gill Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information: https://www.kinleymemorialservices.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=21843746.

Dr. Marion Harris, Trustee and retired International Secretary, passed away peacefully at home with family without pain at about 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021.  Dr. Marion Harris was the beloved wife of Dr. Robert Harris, International Dean and Vice-President. There will be no service.  A virtual celebration of life will follow along with notification of that event.  Additional information will be provided via www.idmr.net and IWBA News pages. The family requests no telephone calls at this time. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Leah Wilmore, 3405 W. 21st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018.


Mrs. Glenda Mosley, sister of Dr. Altoria Glenn of the Los Angeles Branch passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021, Hesperia CA. There will be no funeral service. Cards and expressions of condolence may be sent to Altoria Glenn, 1139 E. 150 Street, Compton, CA 90220. Her phone number is 310-630-7438.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hagen, sister of Dr. Vivian Wellmaker of the Los Angeles Branch passed away Monday, November 22, 2021, at Country Villa Terrace in Los Angeles. The family will hold a private memorial service. Cards and expressions of condolence may be sent to Dr. Vivian Wellmaker at 13223 Stanton Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Her telephone number is 909-377-5121.

Mrs. Rowena Richardson 92, mother of Drs. Allen Richardson and Rosalind Irvine, longtime members of the Lexington Kentucky branch, and grandmother of Drs. Keturah Taylor also of Lexington Kentucky Branch, and Tarin Smith of the Mesa Arizona Branch, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021, of natural causes. Funeral services will be Friday, November 19, 2021, Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church, 744 Charles Avenue, Lexington, KY. Viewing will be at 11:00 AM EST, Funeral Service at 12:00 PM EST. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Cards and condolences may be sent to Rosalind Irvine, 1142 Oakwood Drive, Lexington, KY 40511. Phone: (859) 494-8761

Lee Gardner, son of Drs. Dwayne and Linda Price of the Shreveport Branch passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021. There will be no service; however, a viewing and family visitation is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2PM until 5PM CDT at AULDS FUNERAL HOME, 7849 East Kings Hwy., Shreveport, LA (behind LSU-S). The funeral home is small and limited on seating space and parking, and everyone must wear a mask due to COVID protocol. Cards of condolences may be sent to Dwayne & Linda Price at 732 Rutherford Street, Shreveport, LA 71104.

The funeral service for Ms. Afrika Smith, the daughter of Dr. Maisha Evans of the IDMR Prince George’s County Branch, will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, at Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory, 6160 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745. The public viewing is 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and service 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with the burial immediately following at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Demone Cook Jr. 19 , son of Drs: Nielle and Demone Cook Sr., of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was fatally wounded Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in Louisville Kentucky. Funeral services will be Saturday November 6, 2021, A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, 1300 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40218. Viewing will be at 10:00 AM EST, Funeral Service at 1:00 PM EST. The contact person is Dr. Demone Cook Sr. at 661-388-9846. Cards and condolences may be sent to the family at the following address: 27518 Rosa Lane, APT 101, Canyon Country, CA 91387.

Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Sleggs, a longtime member of the Hornell, NY Branch, passed away suddenly at her home Monday, October 18, 2021, at the age of 90. She is the mother of Drs. Lynne Mitchell, Shelly Williamson and Sandy Hughes and was the grandmother of Dr. Tom Lauterborn. Cards of condolence may be sent to: The Family of Catherine Sleggs, 9131 Bump Road, Cuba NY, 14727. A Celebration of life is being planned for Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Dr. Nathaniel Washington, longtime dedicated member of IDMR, husband of Dr. Rhonda Washington (President, Clear Lake TX Branch) passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021, due to a non-COVID related illness. Cards and condolences can be sent to Dr. Rhonda Washington at the following address: 11607 Spill Creek Dr., Pearland, TX 77584. You may also contact Rhonda via cell at 713.478.6621. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the following location on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. CST: Clayton Funeral Home (281) 485-4446 -  5530 W. Broadway; Pearland, TX 77581. The service may also be viewed via livestream at the following site: https://claytonfuneralhomes.com/. · Click Obituaries in upper righthand corner · Locate obituary – Nathaniel Washington · Streaming will become active 5 to 10 minutes before the service begins

Dr. Tonita Harrell, a longtime member of the Los Angeles Branch, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  Her death was COVID-19 related.  There is no additional information available at this time. 


Ms. Rose Preston, mother of Drs. Christopher and Jonathan Preston of the Northern Virginia branch passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021. Condolences can be sent to the Preston family at: 6415 Symposium Way, Clinton, MD 20735.


Mrs. Mildred Zachery of Alliance Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021, her death was COVID-19 related.  Mrs. Zachery is the mother of Dr. Harriet Cottingham of the Los Angeles Branch. Dr. Cottingham is the contact person. She can be reached at 213-281-8583.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to 7922 Day Creek Blvd., # 8211; Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.


Dr. Doris Hall, a longtime member of the IDMR Prince George’s County, MD Branch passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021. Additional information concerning service arrangements are forthcoming. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Hall’s son, Tyrone Gillums, 705 60th Place, Fairmont Heights, MD 20743.


Dr. Jacob Timothy Macon passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 19, 2021, due to a non-Covid related illness. Dr. Macon was a longtime member of the Dallas, Texas Branch and the son of Dr. Floyd Macon Sr., Dean of the Dallas Branch, and Dr. Joyce Macon. There will be no service. The family would like to convey their thanks for the kind words of comfort and many acts of kindness shown during this time. Condolences may be sent to the Family of Dr. Jacob Macon. at 4212 St. Francis Avenue, Dallas, TX  75227. 


Dr. Ron Mims, a longtime member of the IDMR Houston Branch passed away last weekend.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 9:00 AM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 8650 Ferdinand Street, Houston.  Cards and flowers can be sent to 8614 Quailmont Drive, Missouri City, TX 77489.


Ms. Ann S. Ray, sister of Dr. John Ray of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, in Dayton, OH.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Dr. John Ray at 2329 1/2 3rd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018.  He can be reached at 323-245-1546.  


Longtime member of the IDMR Hornell New York Branch, Dr. Eleanor George Weakland, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, surrounded by her family at Elderwood Care Center in Hornell, NY.  Eleanor played an integral role in the establishment of the Hornell Branch and has many family members who attend the IDMR. She has served faithfully and will be sadly missed by many. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, September 17th, 2021, at the Brown and Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce Street in Canisteo, NY from 4PM - 7PM. Cards of Condolence may be sent to: The Weakland Family, 40 South Elm Street, Canisteo, NY 14823.


Mrs. Aleane Mayweather-Simms, the mother of the Treasurer of the Grand Rapids, MI Branch, Dr. Terry Mayweather, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021. Homegoing services will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 510 Franklin S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506.  Family Hour is from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST; and Services 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST.  Flowers can be sent in c/o Browns Funeral Home, 627 Jefferson Ave. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Repast will be held at Linc Up Cafe, 1167 Madison S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49507.


Dr. Charles Moba Kabala died Saturday, August 21, 2021, after being ill with COVID-19 for nearly 2 months. Dr. Kabala was the Treasurer, primary contact and major supporter of the Kitwe, Zambia Satellite Class.  His Burial Program is available via the following link: CharlesMobaKabalaBurialProgrammeFinal.pdf  


Dr. Patri Williams, a longtime member of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021. She was the mother of Drs. Kiron Rawlins and Keland Bickham of the New Orleans Westbank Branch and Dr. Wendell Turner (Skip) of the Banning Branch.  Dr. Williams was also the sister of Drs. Emma Williams and Oretha James of the New Orleans Westbank Branch. Private services will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Condolences may be sent to Drs. Kiron Rawlins (504-430-3623) and Keland Bickham at 6637 Congress Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126 or to Dr. Wendell Turner 36457 Bay Hill Drive, Beaumont, CA, 92223. Phone calls and texts may be sent to Dr. Candice Turner 251-753-4152.


Dr. Gregory Mobley, longtime IDMR member and former Dean of the Indianapolis, Indiana Branch, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021, after a lengthy illness.  No service is planned at this time. Expressions of condolences can be sent to his wife, Dr. Teverious Mobley: 10945 Meadow Lake Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46229, Phone: 317-891-0948.


Dr. Jack Wilkins, member of the IDMR Dayton OH Branch, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021, after a short-term illness (not related to COVID-19).  A private funeral service will be held for family and friends on Friday, August 20, 2021, in Dayton, OH with a capacity of 50 attendees; masks required.  Condolences can be sent to Dr. Wilkins daughter, Ms. Sara Jackson Wilkins, 57 Magnolia Lane, Apt #3306, Beavercreek, OH 45440.



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.