Henry Lee Bates was born the seventh child
of Glen and Frances Bates,
on a farm in Paris, Missouri.
He is one of twelve children.
the First Baptist Church of Paris, Missouri, as a child. As the
expanded, Henry later lived in rural Mexico, Missouri, attended a
school house [GPS School] until the eighth grade. He attended
School through the tenth grade. At age sixteen he moved to St.
where he lived with his sisters while attending school and
worked as a copy boy for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Henry attended
colleges and universities in St. Louis, Missouri, Seattle, Washington,
and also studied additionally at U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles, California.
Henry began to have an interest in the Catholic Church while in his late
teens. He converted to Catholicism, leaving the Baptist Church, and was
in the Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon in 1978. After attending
his first service at the Hollywood Church of Religious
Science, Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Founder and Spiritual Director, he left mainstream
theology in 1992 and began a serious study of spiritual principles as
taught by the Master Mind Jesus and in the Holy Bible and The Torah.
Bates studied at
Hollywood Church for three and a half years, and also began his ministerial studies
there with Dr. Domenic A. Polifrone.
Dr. Domenic continues to be a great mentor for Rev Bates and has given
him great insight into the purpose and practice of ministry. Under
the direction of Dr. Domenic Rev Bates began giving spiritual
presentations early in his spiritual education, first at the old
Hollywood Church of Religious Science on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood,
and then as a guest speaker at churches in Northern and Southern
California. Rev. Bates answered every "call to ministry"
during his seven years of training to become an Ordained Minister.
For advanced studies, Rev. Bates transferred his
Practitioner Internship and ministerial studies to the City of Angels
Religious Science to study with the great, Dr. O. C. Smith, Founder and Spiritual Director.
Rev. Bates received his Religious Science Practitioner
designation September 23, 2000, at City of Angels Church of Religious Science,
an Independent Religious Science Church.
Beginning the first Monday morning in August, 2001,
Rev. Bates began his
first Radio Show, "The Way To A Wonderful Life,"
on KRLA 870/Los Angeles and KRLH 590/San Bernardino, which broadcast from August 2001 thru October 2002, covering
Southern California and Live Internet broadcast. He was instructed in
ministerial studies by both Dr. O. C. Smith
Juanita Bryant-Dunn at the City
of Angels Church of Religious Science. Dr. Juanita Bryant-Dunn has
taught classes at Guidance Church, Founders Church, Agape International Center
of Truth and at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science.
The great Dr. O. C. Smith is known to the world for his music,
especially the song "God Didn't Make Little Green
Apples." He and his wife, Robbie Golshan-Smith, co-founded
the City of Angels Church of Religious Science, a 5000 member church
located in Los Angeles, California.
Bates was Ordained as Reverend Henry Lee Bates at City of Angels
Church of Religious Science on June 30, 2002.
After pulpit duty at the Light of Truth in San Fernando,
California and the Palm Springs Church for Today in Palm Springs,
California, for two years, Rev. Bates founded Desert Cities Community
Church in Palm Springs on May 16, 2004. The church continued for
eleven and a half years in Downtown Palm Springs.
On May 13, 2007, Dr. Robbie Smith and the Board of
the City of Angels Church of Religious Science/MECCA,
in Los Angeles, California,
awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates.
April 26, 2009, Rev. Bates went back on the Radio with:
Way to a Wonderful Life"
and aired broadcasts for 11 1/2 years
ending the program on October 28, 2023
The Mission for this work is to: "Create
a vital and dynamic teaching and learning environment for instruction in
the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus and the wisdom of the ancients, that
leads to The Way To A Wonderful Life for all peoples of the World."
- Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates
purpose of this organization shall be to advance the knowledge and the
practice of the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus, evolutionary science of mind, among all people,
as taught by Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates, especially among its adherents, and to foster fellowship,
cultural and social well-being to a global community.
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"Prayer is a Powerful
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