Ministers’ Health Summit Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Matt Bloom

Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Principle Investigator, Wellbeing at Work Program

Matt Bloom is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the Wellbeing at Work Program. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before becoming a professor, he was a consultant for Arthur Young and a financial advisor for Shearson Lehman Brothers. He has seen firsthand the negative consequences of unhappiness at work, and is committed to finding real solutions to make the workplace a positive, vibrant experience.

Matt lives in South Bend with his wife, Kim. His oldest son, Nicholas is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Duke University. His son, Keaton, is an architect in New York. One of Matt’s passions is backcountry hiking, so each year he goes “off the grid” somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.

Matt recently published a book titled, Flourishing in  Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Well-Being. About the book: Pastoral work can be stressful, tough, demanding, sometimes misunderstood, and often underappreciated and underpaid. Ministers devote themselves to caring for their congregations, often at the expense of caring for themselves. Studies consistently show that physical health among clergy is significantly worse than among adults who are not in ministry. Flourishing in Ministry offers clergy and those who support them practical advice for not just surviving this grueling profession but thriving in it. Click HERE to learn more.

 

Words of Wellness “WOW” Session Speakers

Financial Wellbeing

Dr. Bo Prosser

Director, Ministerial Excellence Initiative, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bo Prosser is the director of the Ministerial Excellence Initiative for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta. He holds degrees in Business Administration, Theology, Christian Education and an Ed.D. in Adult Education. He joined the senior leadership team of CBF in 2002 to enhance resourcing of the local church. Though his title has changed, his challenge throughout the years has always been to make the Fellowship more relevant to congregations and congregational leaders. The Ministerial Excellence Initiative focuses on helping pastoral leaders face economic challenges both in their personal finances and in their congregations. The MEI provides grants to pastoral leaders for debt relief and retirement.

Dr. Prosser is also a catalytic coach with pastoral leaders and corporate executives. He also serves as an Interim Pastor while coaching and consulting with local congregations and sharing with congregational leaders. He is the author of eight books and countless articles on congregational ministries. His book, Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth, has also been translated into Spanish.

He is an adjunct professor at several of CBF’s partner schools and a corporate trainer and coach for several major companies. He is a storyteller, improvisational trainer, and certified professional coach. His mission statement, “People go, where they know, they’ve been prepared for and cared for,” has become an inspiration to many. To relax, he plays guitar, writes songs, loves live music and collects Coca Cola memorabilia and old baseball cards. He is married to Gail, has two adult daughters, and two sets of twin grandchildren.

Mental Wellbeing

Dr. H. Mac Wallace

Senior Professor of Pastoral Care, Campbell University Divinity School

H. Mac Wallace, D.Min., LMFT is an ordained Baptist minister, a Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and the Senior Professor of Pastoral Care at Campbell University Divinity School. He is a NC licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NCLMFT), a CPE Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), a certified Pastoral Psychotherapist with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

He has thirty plus years of pastoral experience as pastor and interim minister for numerous churches in NC. He taught Clinical Pastoral Education, Pastoral Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC for fifteen years before opening the Baptist Hospital CareNet Counseling Center in Wilmington, NC in 1991. He received an AA degree from Mount Olive College (1968), a BA degree from Duke University (1971), a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1986), and did clinical training at the Duke, Murdock, Dorthea Dix, and NC Baptist Hospitals. He and his wife Dr. Emma Wallace maintain a private practice for psychotherapy and supervision in their home/office at High Rock Lake near Lexington, NC.

Physical Wellbeing

Dr. Nicholas Pennings

Chair of Family Medicine, Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Director, Campbell University Health Center

Nicholas Pennings, DO FOMA, is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Pennings moved from private practice into academic medicine joining the faculty of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He serves as Chair of Family Medicine and as the Director of the Campbell University Health Center. Dr. Pennings is a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and serves as an Executive Director for Medical Education for the Obesity Medicine Association.

Dr. Pennings’ research interests focus on the disease of obesity. In particular, the relationship between endogenous insulin production and weight gain as well as the impact of intensive lifestyle change on health improvement. Dr. Pennings also maintains a special interest in an obesity related condition called Lipedema.

He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia.

Spiritual Wellbeing

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the exciting, gifted and anointed senior pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria, VA. A courageous, dynamic, and visionary leader, he is only the eighth pastor in the church’s 216-year history of worshipping Christ while serving humankind.

In 1994, Dr. Wesley graduated from Duke University as a double major in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. After his first year in medical school, he felt God calling him to attend seminary in preparation for serving God’s people. In 1997, he graduated from the Boston University School of Theology as a Martin L. King, Jr. Scholar. Then in 2003, he graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Wesley is part of the first of its kind in the world; the inaugural cohort of only ten exceptional students in the Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Wesley is an avid golfer who also enjoys movies, reading, and working out. He is the proud father of two beautiful sons, Howard-John, II and Cooper Reece.

 

Yoga/Mindfulness Session

Dr. Michelle Green

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University

Michelle Green PT, DPT is a physical therapist currently teaching neurological curriculum within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Campbell University.  Dr. Green has 25 years of experience in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, MS and brain injury. Additionally, she has been a certified yoga instructor for fifteen years.  Dr. Green regularly teaches yoga to her students as well as community groups with a focus on mindfulness and awareness to enhance mind and body wellness.