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Mr. Archie E. Van Ostrand, C.S.B., of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, President of The Mother Church, is a native of South Haven, Michigan, his paternal ancestors having come to New York and New England about 1632. The family attended the Congregational Church and Sunday school.
Mr. Van Ostrand was educated in the public schools of South Haven, and later was associated with business houses dealing in dry goods, among them Marshall Field Company, of Chicago. He became interested in Christian Science in 1896, and was healed by reading the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. He became a member of The Mother Church in 1897, and has been continuously active in church work since that time. Soon after coming into Christian Science he removed to New York and became identified with Second Church of Christ, Scientiest, Brooklyn, which he later served as Second Reader. He entered the public practice of Christian Science in 1900, and became a teacher of Christian Science after a Normal Course with the Board of Education in 1907. He has served as Assistant Committee on Publication in different fields for the past twenty-five years.
Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
with contributions from David Newton McKee, Archie E. Van Ostrand, Edward L. Ripley
Albert F. Gilmore
Ella W. Hoag
When I first heard the two words "Christian Science" I...
Alice V. Lessey
Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Christian Science
Edward J. Morley
In 1923 a kind friend brought Christian Science to my...
About ten years ago, Christian Science found me a physical...
Elizabeth R. Sample
I wish to express my gratitude to God for giving me the...
Marie Steinmann with contributions from Frances von Drigalski
With a heart full of gratitude, I testify to the healing...
Kathryn B. McDougall
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Harry Levi, Stanley Baldwin