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International Appointment of Dr. Keith Gilkey (as announced – Sunday, May 26, 2024)

As we acknowledge Dr. Aaron Bryant taking off the flesh on May 16, 2024, The Board would like to inform the body of a decision made by the International Board of Trustees. Prior to Dr. Bryant taking off the flesh, he declared that if anything were to happen to him, he wanted Dr. Keith Gilkey to be the International Dean and remain International President. Dr. Bryant made this known to multiple trustees, members, and to Dr. Gilkey. The Board of Trustees met on May 25th, 2024, and unanimously acknowledged Dr. Bryant’s request. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Keith Gilkey is our International Dean and President. 

We will give him the same support we gave Dr. Henry Clifford Kinley, Dr. Robert Harris, and Dr. Aaron Bryant.

Announcement Regarding Dr. Aaron Bryant

Dr. Aaron Bryant, IDMR International Dean and Vice President, took off the flesh on Thursday evening, May 16, 2024.  Dr. Tonia Bryant has requested that no texts or phone calls be made to her at this time.  Additional information is forthcoming.  

Announcement Regarding Dr. Gary Mathess

Dr. Gary Mathess, International Board of Trustee Member and former International President, and longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, is at home resting comfortably under hospice care.  Please no phone calls or texts.  Cards are welcomed.  The address is 4917 Acacia Street, San Gabriel, CA  91776.  

International Ministers Meeting Scheduled for March 30, 2024

Important Announcement for all Active IDMR Members from International Headquarters

At the direction of the International Dean and Vice President Dr. Aaron Bryant, we are announcing the establishment of an International Ministers Meeting to be facilitated by the International Superintendent.  The meetings will be held on the 5th Saturday before the 5th Sunday.  The format of the meeting will be similar to the minister’s meetings that were conducted in the Los Angeles branch with an administrative session first, followed by a spiritual session. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Los Angeles, CA at the Los Angeles branch school.  Members in the local area are invited and encouraged to attend.

For details on how to submit questions for the meeting, please view the complete announcement.  It is available on the International Web-Based Application (IWBA).  Please contact your local officers board to request a copy of the complete announcement.  Additional details regarding the logistics of the meeting including meeting time, parking and other information will be forthcoming.  Please make this information available to all active members in your branch school.

New Trustee Elected  

The International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new Trustee to fill the vacancy on the Board due to the demise of Dr.
Shauna Carr.  Dr. Derrick Auzenne of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was elected as Trustee.  The International Board of Trustees wholeheartedly welcomes him to the Board. 

Passing of Dr. Shauna Carr – Updated 6/30/23

Dr. Shauna Carr, member of the International Board of Trustees, Dean of the IDMR Lexington Kentucky Branch, and mother of Drs. Kyetia and Ian Carr, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, June 27, 2023.  She was a longtime member of the IDMR.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to her daughter, Dr. Kyetia Carr at 491 Whispering Hills Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.  No flowers or arrangements please.  Donations in lieu of flowers are greatly appreciated.  The memorial service for Dr. Shauna Carr will be Saturday, July 22, 2023 at the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, 250 W Fourth St, Lexington, KY 40508.  The service will begin at 11:00 am EST. Class on Sunday, July 23rd, will be held at the same location from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.

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 this link. Also, please contact the branch directly to make them aware of your plans to visit, to verify the class schedule, and to obtain any COVID-19 related protocols.  



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International Headquarters has not received any reports of IDMR members being adversely impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes in the Midwest and South including Alabama, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and surrounding states. Due to inclement weather conditions in Texas recently, the Spring Texas Branch sustained some flooding and had minor cleanup; however, IDMR members in all of the affected areas are doing fine.


International Headquarters has not received any reports of IDMR members being adversely impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes in Slidell, Louisiana (near New Orleans).  IDMR members living in the Slidell area are all doing fine.


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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 send an email to If you do not have access to email, please call (323) 402-0444, and leave a message. Thank You.


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.