New Administrator

With great joy and gratitude, the Beacon Haven Board of Trustees is pleased to introduce Bonnie Fanz as the new Administrator for Beacon Haven and its Christian Science nursing services.

Bonnie Fanz is the new Administrator for Beacon Haven.

“Bonnie is ideally qualified to serve our community in this new role,” said Judy Norden Olson, president of the Board of Trustees. “During her decades supporting the mission of Beacon Haven and its predecessor Clifton House, Bonnie has served as both a Christian Science nurse directly caring for patients, as well as in the administrative office supporting patient families and processing the volumes of paperwork required to support the work of our Christian Science nurses. All of us are so very grateful for Bonnie and her service.”

Others have echoed that praise, including the most recent people to serve in the administrator position before Bonnie.

“Throughout my years of working closely with her, I could always rely on Bonnie to uphold the highest ethical and legal principles.”

Suzanne Givens, Beacon Haven Administrator from 2017 to 2021

Former Beacon Have Administrator Suzanne Givens offered this praise: “Throughout my years of working closely with her, I could always rely on Bonnie to uphold the highest ethical and legal principles.”

Suzanne continued, “I was Beacon Haven’s Administrator for six years and Bonnie served as the Assistant Administrator. Bonnie always stayed on top of things – new HR laws; state, federal and Medicare regulations; anything and everything we needed to do, especially during the pandemic. She was a big help in getting our staff through the ever-changing policies.”

“Bonnie was such a help and resource during my time at Beacon Haven that it would be a natural fit to see her in an Administration role.”

Elizabeth (Liz) Harned, Beacon Haven Administrator from 2011 to 2016

“Bonnie was such a help and resource during my time at Beacon Haven that it would be a natural fit to see her in an Administration role,” wrote Elizabeth (Liz) Harned who served as the Beacon Haven Administrator from 2011 to 2016 Liz now serves as the administrator with Clearview Home in Wisconsin. “Her years of experience at Beacon Haven in the role of Office Manager, Christian Science nurse, and her understanding and love for Christian Science nursing and the Christian Science community will continue to make her a blessing for Beacon Haven.”

Bonnie first joined Clifton House as a 1987 as a Christian Science nursing assistant at the former Clifton Avenue facility. In the years since then, Bonnie has contributed to every aspect of our Christian Science nursing operations.

“Her love of Beacon Haven and Christian Science nursing is unparalleled. The entire Beacon Haven family will be blessed with Bonnie at the helm.”

Rick Landrum, Beacon Haven Administrator from 2021 to 2022

“As a long time Beacon Haven employee, Bonnie brings so much institutional knowledge and historical perspective to her new role,” said Rick Landrum who served as Administrator immediately prior to Bonnie’s new appointment. “She is exceptionally talented and competent. Her love of Beacon Haven and Christian Science nursing is unparalleled. The entire Beacon Haven family will be blessed with Bonnie at the helm.”

Our mission

The mission of Clifton House, Inc (dba Beacon Haven) is to support proper care and an expectancy of healing through Christian Science nursing.

Beacon Haven provides a wide range of services to support those who rely on Christian Science for healing, including both facility-based and visiting Christian Science nursing care.

Incorporated in 1921 as Star of Bethlehem Home, Beacon Haven continues a long-tradition of community funded Christian Science nursing as a practical, spiritual ministry that actively supports the patient’s decision to rely on Christian Science for healing.

About Christian Science Nursing

Christian Science nursing is a practical, spiritual ministry that actively supports the patient’s decision to rely on Christian Science for healing. It is grounded in the Bible-based theology of Christian Science, which includes Christ Jesus’ commandment to love one another (see John 15:12). This ministry is carried out with prayer, wisdom, compassion, and skill.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, in a portrait that hangs at Beacon Haven

The founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, established the authority and standard for the Christian Science nurse in 1908 in the Manual of The Mother Church (Article VIII, Section 31):

Christian Science Nurse. A member of The Mother Church who represents himself or herself as a Christian Science nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick. The cards of such persons may be inserted in The Christian Science Journal under rules established by the publishers.

Manual of The Mother Church (Article VIII, Section 31)

Christian Science Nursing. Christian Science nurses provide skilled, practical care that is grounded in the spiritual healing method of Christian Science.  The Christian Science nurse’s standard of care rests squarely on the Bible, especially the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ Jesus, and on Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.

Christian Science gives an idea of who and what we are as “made in God’s image.” The reason that Christian Science treatment or prayer heals is that it opens human thought to God’s infinite goodness, which includes no sickness, evil, or fear, and to God’s man, who is deserving of all good. Christian Science treatment persists in affirming the presence of God and man made in His image and likeness.

Christian Science Practitioners. All persons admitted to Beacon Haven must be under the care of a Christian Science practitioner listed in the current issue of The Christian Science Journal.

Christian Science nursing care at Beacon Haven includes:

Spiritual Reassurance. Acknowledging God’s all-presence and absolute power; faithful and consistent affirmation of a patient’s real, spiritual nature.

Personal Care. Assistance with bathing, commoding, oral care, feeding, moving, handling, positioning in a chair or bed; help with the use of wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and other aids.

Dressing/Bandaging. Proper cleansing and bandaging for cleanliness, protection, and comfort, and teaching the patient or others to meet these needs.

Reading Aloud. Reading from the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and other authorized Christian Science literature to support healing and spiritual progress.

Christian Support. Gently offering assistance in support of the patient’s expression of vitality and normal activity.

Accreditation & license

The Commission

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Beacon Haven is inspected and accredited by The Commission for Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc. as a Christian Science care facility.

State of Minnesota

Beacon Haven is inspected and accredited by the State of Minnesota Department of Health as a nursing home.

Medicare (CMS)

Beacon Haven is inspected and accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institution (RNHCI). As such, we are treated as a hospital under Medicare part A. Beacon Haven has chosen not to participate in Medicaid at this time.

Christian Science Journal-listed nurses

Individuals advertising in The Christian Science Journal have presented satisfactory evidence that they fulfill the requirements in the Christian Science Nurse bylaw mentioned above. Beacon Haven has a Journal-listed Christian Science nurse available at all times.

Membership Opportunities

Clifton House Inc. is the official name of our non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. This corporation has a membership that votes for members of the Board of Trustees and bylaw changes.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please open the file below and print it. Fill it out and send it to us with your check. Your membership application will be considered at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.

A photo tour of our facility

The Beacon Haven Front Entrance.  A covered garage entrance is also available.
Community Room and Group Dining.
Grand Piano in the Community Room.
Library available to all guests and visitors.
Private meeting room near the front entrance.
CS Nursing station.
View of Pike Lake shoreline from the rear porch and dinning room windows.
View of Beacon Haven from the lakeside of the grounds.
View of Pike Lake.

Our leadership

Governing Board

Judy Olson, CS – President
Roger Wichlacz – Vice President
Robert Ehrick, CS – Treasurer
Conrad Hansen – Secretary
Molly Larsen
Mark Chichester
Bruce Richardson

Staff Leadership

Bonnie Fanz, Administrator
Wendy Bracken, JL-CSN, Director of Christian Science Nursing

Employment opportunities

If you are interested in working at Beacon Haven, please download and complete the employment application and employment information release authorization.

When completed, forward both to information@beaconhaven.org or mail to

Beacon Haven
1200 Long Lake Road
New Brighton, MN 55112

Our mission and history

Our Mission
The mission of Clifton House, Inc (dba Beacon Haven) is to support proper care and an expectancy of healing through Christian Science nursing.

Our History
1908 – Nursing By-law: Woven into the Fabric of Christian Science
The ministry of the Christian Science nurse was woven into the fabric of the Christian Science church in 1908 when Mrs. Eddy added the by-law “Christian Science Nurse” to the Church Manual (Article VII, Section 31). The requirements in this by-law are the source of the Christian Science nurse’s authority and scope of practice.

Christian Science nurses provide skilled, practical care that is grounded in the spiritual healing method of Christian Science.

1920s – Star of Bethlehem: Meeting a Need
As the Christian Science movement grew at the turn of the last century, so did the number of its critics.
At this crossroads moment, two students of Mrs. Eddy, Emma Thompson and her daughter Abigail Dyer Thompson, saw the need for a place for Christian Science nursing where Christian Scientists could practice healing without interference.
With support from generous gifts, Christian Scientists built Star of Bethlehem Home in St. Louis Park. It opened in 1927 with 26 bedrooms and served Christian Scientists and their families for decades. After it closed in the early 1960s, Christian Science nurses worked independently to meet the need.

1970s – Clifton House: Upgrading the Care
Star of Bethlehem closed because changing health care and safety regulations required expensive renovations for the facility. With this closing, Christian Science nursing in the Midwest was again at a crossroads.

In the early 1970s volunteers purchased an office building on Clifton Avenue in Minneapolis that was renovated in 1974 to be the next home for Christian Science nursing in the region.

A group of donors known as the Friends of Clifton House worked together to pay off the mortgage for the facility while other donors known as the Group 500 each pledged funds annually for the on-going operation of Christian Science nursing services.

For decades Clifton House made Christian Science nursing accessible to Christian Scientists and their families both through the facility and with private duty services provided in homes.

2000s – Transition with Visiting Services: Choosing Life
Designed for a mid-20th century operating model that had become too expensive to continue, by 2000 the Clifton House facility was also in need of significant renovations and repairs to meet changing health care requirements.

The facility closed in 2003 and Christian Science nursing was at another crossroads.

Clifton House volunteers communicated with the Christian Science community and decided to “choose life” by creating a Visiting Christian Science Nursing Service to provide care without interruption as preparations were made for a new facility.

2009 – Beacon Haven: Freedom requires choice
Christian Scientists need the choice of Christian Science nursing if they are truly to have freedom to practice.

During the years of fundraising for a new facility, a Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service provided this choice of care for many , but the work of these Christian Science nurses also revealed the importance of having a facility for patients needing more care who would otherwise have to travel great distances to receive it.

Because of this need, even in the midst of national economic insecurity, the board of trustees chose to begin construction of a new Christian Science nursing facility in 2008. Facing this crossroads required a sincere focus on the ever-presence of good, rather than on scarcity.

During the Build a Beacon capital campaign, hundreds of gifts from donors raised millions to build a new facility. Beacon Haven opened in July 2009. Beacon Haven marked its fifth anniversary (2014) by paying off the last of the new facility mortgage.

There is no better testament to the wonderful benefit created by the donors and volunteers of Beacon Haven than the care so many people have received from our Christian Science nurses. The healings achieved have been a blessing to the entire community.