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November 7, 2017 > Leading Movie Role for Local Pastor

Leading Movie Role for Local Pastor

Submitted By Pat Torello

Dr. Jay Scott Neale, pastor of Tri-City Religious Science Center in Newark, didnÕt know how valuable his experience in movies more than 50 years ago would be to his ministry today. Now he draws on this background for his leading role in a new film, ÒThe Science of ErnestÕs Mind.Ó

Dr. Jay, as he is known, portrays Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes in the educational film about the great metaphysicianÕs life and work. The documentary was recently released for distribution in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Jay led a full life before starting religious studies. For four years his bed rack was on top of a torpedo. Like his acting, his years in the Navy as a submarine torpedoman were helpful to his ministry. ÒI had to know how to do everyoneÕs job,Ó he recalls. ÒThatÕs valuable experience for a minister.Ó

After the Navy he moved on to supporting roles in movies in Southern California, and a substantial amount of post-production, voice-over work for films including The Way We Were and Papillon.

He began ministerial studies at Founders Church of Religious Science, Los Angeles in 1963, studying under Dr. Fenwicke Holmes, ErnestÕs brother. Dr. Jay received his ministerial license in 1968, his doctorate in 1983 and recently a Doctor of Divinity and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tri-City Religious Science Center was chartered in 1975 as Tri-City Church of Religious Science, founded in Fremont by Dr. Jay and his wife, the late Dr. Carol Neale. Dr. Jay has been pastor of the evolving organization for 42 years.

He continues to speak nationally and internationally, serves on the Executive Board of International New Thought Alliance, and is a member of Emerson Theological Institute and Affiliated New Thought Network. For more information visit

ÒThe Science of ErnestÕs MindÓ was produced by Sue Rouda, RScP.

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