On September 14th, 2010, Yvonne Farrow graduated from the University of Metaphysics with a Bachelor of Metaphysical Science, B. Msc; a Metaphysical Practitioner’s Diploma; and license as an ordained Metaphysical Minister in the International Metaphysical Ministry. She is currently finishing up her master’s thesis.
Reverend Farrow was first licensed as a Religious Science Practitioner at City of Angles Church of Religious Science in 2004 & 2006 where she served as Vice President of the Minister/ Practitioner Association, Worship Leader and Instructor. She then became a member of the Los Angeles Third Church of Religious Science where she served as Director of Practitioners, Worship Leader, Instructor, Special Programs Director and Co-Chair of Women’s Month. At that time she also held Professional Practitioner licenses with LA Third and Emerson Theological Institute where she was an Affiliate of Emerson New Thought Center’s “Church Without Walls”.
Prior to Religious Science, Reverend Yvonne spent 20 years in the practice of Siddha Yoga Meditation; an ancient spiritual path from India brought to the West by the late Swami Muktananda. She also studied under his successor, Gurumayi Chidvilasanda where she served the SYDA Foundation in various capacities. Reverend Farrow is currently working on her Master’s Degree at University of Sedona in hopes of becoming certified as a chaplain.
Yvonne has worked in the entertainment industry as an actress, filmmaker, writer, producer, director, model, dancer and choralographer most of her life. She and her partner, twin sister Yvette Heyliger, have a production company, TWINBIZ, whose mission is to write, produce and direct original projects for stage, television and film that entertain, educate and serve.
In 2010 Twinbiz launched its National Black HIV/STD Theatre Initiative, whereby artists, theatres, churches, producers, youth and senior community centers across the nation write, read or produce at least one play, once a year, on or about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, until this preventable disease is eradicated. Commemorated with a Resolution from the City of Los Angeles, Twinbiz’ NBH/STI is observing its third year this February. For more information visit www.twinbiz.com.
Choosing service as her ministry, Yvonne most recently worked with Organizing for America, President Obama’s grassroots re-election campaign, where once vetted, she became an Organizing Fellow. After rigorous training, she was quickly promoted from Fellow to Volunteer Coordinator to Neighborhood Team Leader to Staging Location Director for Get Out The Vote. Yvonne lead a staff of 50 core leads in a headquarters hosting over 300 volunteers a day.
In January 2013, she once again answered the call to serve in the kickoff activity for 2013 Presidential Inauguration, the National Day of Service, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who once said, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.” Through Yvonne’s ministerial connection and Twinbiz’ NBH/STI, she was awarded a booth at Councilmember Bernard Parks’ 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Festival (immediately following the Kingdom Day Parade) where her team, Organizing for Baldwin Hills/Leimert Park, collected household items, clothing and toys for the Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women with children. This effort was a part President Obama’s national initiative to build a culture of year-round service to our communities in areas of Faith, Health, Education, Environment, Veterans, Economic Development and Community Resilience (her team’s focus). Following is a letter she received after the successful outcome of their service.
Dear Yvonne and all our fabulous friends,
Thank you so much for choosing Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and their children as the beneficiary of your collection of clothing and household items on January 19th The National Day of Service honoring both as the inaugural kickoff event for President Obama as well as the honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both of these men have done so much for our nation and our lives.
We are most impressed by the tremendous response of your amazing efforts! The U-Haul TRUCKLOAD of clothing and household items were a most welcome sight and have already been distributed to the families who need them.
Thank you so very much for your commitment to others in need and your focus on “Community Resilience” through Organizing for Baldwin Park/Leimert Park. If what you did in one day is any indication of what you can do for our community and our nation, I will watch in awe!!!
Know that you all remain in our grateful hearts and prayers that you may each be as blessed as you have so graciously and generously blessed us and the families we serve here at the Shelter.
All the best,
Sr. Anne Kelley, RGS
Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and their children
For more information visit www.twinbiz.com.