Meet Rev. Soni Cantrell-Smith, Interim Minister

Reverend Soni Cantrell-Smith is the founding Minister of Ahava Center for Spiritual Living, Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Holmes Institute, under the Direction of Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, in 2006, and was ordained in 2011. Rev. Soni is steeped in the principles of Science of Mind and is a lifelong student of the philosophy.

Rev. Soni began her studies in 1992 at Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science under Rev. Mary Murry Shelton. For ten years she was the Music Director at Namaste CSL in Long Beach, California. She has co-written a successful musical titled, “Last Call” which has been preformed in numerous venues throughout the country.

In addition to serving Ahava, Rev. Soni teaches spirituality classes at the Hope Center Rehabilitation for Women and is a co-founder of Bluegrass Rainbow Faith Communities, dedicated to supporting faith communities in becoming open and affirming to all.

Rev. Soni has served the CSL minister council for the last six years, three of those as Co-Chair. She also served on the Nominating Council as well as the CSL Task Force.

Rev Soni has been serving the CSL interim minister’s team for two years and is affectionally know as their “First Responder”. She currently resides in Lexington with her wife Louise, two onery cats and a border collie that doesn’t like sheep.