Reverend Dr. Frances Lorenz
Frances, an ordained minister, sees her personal mission as an emancipator of minds. Her positive energy and global heart vision lead to deep community commitment and passionate international outreach. She has dedicated her life to New Thought teachings since 1994. Recently she led the “death with dignity” memorial service for the famous Kalakala ferry that has been permanently decommissioned. She has been invited to present at a Conference in Mexico for all centers in Central and Latin America to be held in Chapala, Mexico this coming July.
She served on the board of Sister Cities International for three years, and is the outgoing Chair of the Tacoma Sister Cities Council where she served for five years, She is chair of the El Jadida, Morocco-Tacoma Sister City Committee and has served as Treasurer of the Cienfuegos, Cuba Sister City Committee for over ten years.
Frances has been published in the Science of Mind magazine and enjoys developing curriculum. Frances holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her doctoral degree in ministry from Wisdom University in San Francisco, California. She currently is involved in researching and writing several books.
She has served as Vice President of the Stadium Business District and Chair of the Dickens Festival for the last ten years, Secretary of the Hilltop Business District,and as a member of the Hilltop Street Fair Planning Committee and organizer of the Hilltop Heroes awards. She is interested in international diplomacy, reconciliation and compassion projects and promotes programs of non-violence and peace. She originated the Tacoma Moon Festival in September 2013 that took place at the Chinese Reconciliation Park.
Prior to coming to Tacoma, she was assistant superintendent for the Austin School District and directed a nationally recognized community involvement project called “Forming the Future” that involved over 20,000 people in restructuring curriculum and passing a $210 million bond issue. She has successfully run her own communications business and has directed two non-profit organizations. She coordinated an award winning partnership program at the Citizens Education Center in Seattle based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and set up tutoring programs through business-school partnerships in King and Snohomish Counties.
Frances is married to Mario Lorenz, business district manager and a successful entertainer and owner of Laughter Masters. She has three grown children: a son in San Francisco, a daughter in Seattle, and a daughter in Tacoma. She is blessed with three granddaughters. She enjoys writing, gourmet cooking, creating sculptures, songwriting, creating new community collaborations and loves to laugh.