Our plan is simple
Minds Renewed is building a network of 12,000 hand-selected consortium members who will provide the hearts, spirits, knowledge, and prayers through which we serve those impacted by mental health concerns and addictive disorders.
To Honor God by Serving Those Impacted by Mental Health Concerns
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God -- what is good and acceptable and perfect.”- Romans 12:2 NRSV
Through our Web Portal, use the power of technology to reach the nation to:
Inspire those needing help
Both the suffering and their loved ones need the hope that they are not alone; that healing is possible; that others will come alongside them; that there is eternal hope in Jesus Christ.
Inform them of the best resources available
Using our network of 12,000 consortium members, we can help simplify their searching by evaluating, curating, and communicating the highest quality mental health content on the web.
Provide personal connections for reaching resources
Even with the best websites and information, we often need a navigator to help us find our way or steer around obstacles. We will provide those navigators and, when needed, poll our 12,000 consortium members to provide more help.
Encourage Christian churches to join in mental health ministry
We will accelerate the growing interest in mental health ministry by providing a central place where news of local church ministries can be found; where regional, national, and denominational or topic-specific conferences and mental health ministries can be publicized; and where those who are interested can find them easily.
How we’re serving
At the heart of Minds Renewed is its Consortium of nominated, hand-selected members, which we seek to grow to 12,000 members by 2020-2021. All will be followers of Jesus Christ.
Together, they will represent proportionately the theological, cultural, and geographic diversity of Christian faith communities in the US. While the majority will be mental health and pastoral counseling professionals, others will be leaders of mental health non-profits; clergy and leaders of churches and para-church ministries; and social workers, educators, writers, journalists, researchers, physicians, attorneys, other professionals, and advocates and peer supporters.
Our “Cord of Three Strands” connecting the Consortium
The desire to follow Jesus Christ
When Consortium members apply to serve, they describe the centrality of their desire to follow Jesus Christ.
In keeping with their desire to follow Christ, they agree to pray for Minds Renewed regularly and to allow their prayer to guide them as they respond to needs that come to their attention.
Members also agree to allow their prayers to guide them in how they share their time and financial resources with Minds Renewed.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”- Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
Though it was incorporated in 2013, the roots of Minds Renewed go back to 1992 and a local church in Winston-Salem, NC. When one of the church’s pastors was asked by non-believing parishioner for advice about his depression, the pastor recommended a Christian counselor whose ministry had opened a short time earlier. A brief counseling relationship resulted in the parishioner giving his life to Christ and the depression lifting. A few years later, he became a Board member of the counseling ministry, where he served for twenty years.
In the late 1990’s the parishioner experienced an episode of bipolar disorder. That experience led him to a psychiatrist who was a member of his own church. That psychiatrist became the department chair of psychiatry at two major medical schools and served as Minds Renewed’s founding chairman.
In 2001, a pastor of the church asked the parishioner to establish a church-based bipolar support group ministry for the community. That ministry continues today and has been visited by over 2500 people of many ages and faiths.
Noting the fruits of this ministry, in the late 2000’s the parishioner, the counselor, and the psychiatrist began investigating the availability of mental health ministries elsewhere. They also studied specifically whether a web-connected consortium might be needed. That produced a study that resulted in a small conference in 2011 to discern the Lord’s will for meeting this need. The answer was Minds Renewed.
Minds Renewed is a not-for-profit corporation chartered in North Carolina under the name of Minds Renewed: The Consortium for a Christlike Response to Mental Health. It is approved for tax exempt status as a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its North Carolina Solicitation License number is SL011230.
Who We Are
The Consortium Network
Minds Renewed is building a network of 12,000 hand-selected consortium members who will provide the hearts, spirits, knowledge, and prayers through which we serve those impacted by mental health concerns and addictive disorders.
At the core of that network are our board members, special advisors, and staff volunteers. As we move forward we will select a national advisory council, at least 1000 charter members, and 11,000 general members. We will maintain a commitment to represent proportionately the theological, cultural and geographic diversity of Christian faith communities in the U.S.
Our 12 board members keep us true to our mission and vision by providing governance, fiscal and legal oversight, policy development, and employee oversight, and support through their prayers and gifts.
Jane became a licensed professional counselor following a long career as a clinical nurse manager and educator, followed by work in medical research and medical records analysis. Building upon her medical experience and her Bachelor’s in nursing from The Ohio State University, Jane completed her master’s in community counseling at UNC-Greensboro and worked as a psychotherapist with her Christian faith as the foundation. She began retirement in January 2018 and along with her husband Mark is enjoying their three adult children and families, including grandson August, born November 2017. She and her husband Mark are active members of Lewisville Baptist Church and she is a facilitator in the Bipolar Support group ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/jane-bardou-283b4416
Topsail Beach, NC (Chair)
John is president of Burke Consulting, a role that allows him put to good use his four decades of experience as an international leader and entrepreneur in the workplace behavioral health field. John received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in psychology at Appalachian State University and was a pioneer nationally in the development of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) during his stint with NC’s Division of Mental Health. In the 1980’s he founded Burke-Taylor Associates. It became one of the Southeast’s largest EAP companies before being sold to Value Behavioral Health, for which John became Executive Vice President. In 1998 he formed Burke Consulting, a consulting firm providing business development and mergers and acquisition services in the behavioral health space both domestically and internationally. This has enabled him to found two companies in the United Kingdom and invest and serve on boards of others in the U. S. John routinely presents at conferences and events around the country and internationally along with publishing articles in various professional journals. John and his wife Pam have two adult children and four grandchildren, and enjoy adventure vacations to many parts of the world. At home on the NC coast they are Associates of Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, a unique non-denominational church in Topsail Beach. John’s career has taught him that including the spiritual side of a person, along with their bio/psycho/social sides, is the most impactful way to assist people with mental health needs. He believes the mission and vision of Minds Renewed is addressing what is often a void in national mental health care.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/burkeconsulting1
Dr. Carson Felkel
How does a young psychiatrist just 11 years out of college become the Lead Physician of the behavioral health program for the country’s 5th largest Catholic healthcare ministry and one of the nation’s 20 largest healthcare systems? For this Central Florida native, the story took shape as he came to Wake Forest University for college. His Christian faith grew there, particularly through the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). Marriage to Nicole (a clinical therapist) and entry into Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago followed graduation. The Felkels returned to North Carolina for his residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. After two years at Cornerstone Health, they moved to Greenville SC when he was named Lead Physician of the Behavioral Health Program Services for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. In 2018 the Greenville-based Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and the Marriottsville, MD-based Bon Secours Health System, Inc. merged to form Bon Secours Mercy Health. Carson is now Lead Physician for behavioral health services of the merged groups. The new system serves communities along the east coast and in Ohio and Kentucky. It has 43 hospitals, more than 1,000 care sites, and more than 57,000 employees, including 2,100 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Carson is also co-executive director of the Upstate Behavioral Health Provider Collaborative and is involved in many programs including the area’s faith community partnership, peer recovery program, and human trafficking initiatives. He and Nicole have 3 young sons. The family spends many weekends wakeboarding and wake surfing.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/w-carson-felkel-ii-md-fapa-a9a28ba8
Dr. Patrick Harmon
Northeast Tennessee native Patrick Harmon followed the Lord’s leading from college to seminary to the pastorate to the psychiatry department faculty of a major academic medical center. Patrick’s parents and Young Life nurtured his early days as a Christian. His college education took him to East Tennessee State and the University of Memphis. After receiving his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, he became a pastor in churches of the Presbyterian Church in America in Rock Hill, SC and Savannah, GA. Feeling a calling toward high school and college-aged students and their families, he received a doctoral slot at the Fuller Theological Seminary DMin program in Pasadena, CA focusing on Adolescent Psychosocial Development. A major vocational change came for Patrick when he moved to Cambridge, MA to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Master’s Degree at Harvard University. He later returned to finish his medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina, completing both his General Residency and Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem where he now serves on the faculty. His clinical practice remains focused around College-Aged Mental Health and provides services to numerous educational institutions. Patrick and wife, Kitsie, are parents to five daughters with ages ranging from early teens to early twenties plus their newest addition, a toddler son.
Steve leads Minds Renewed with the skills and experiences of a banker and chief financial officer (CFO) with 4 decades of experience. A Greensboro, NC native, he majored in business at NC State University and began a 25 year career in banking at several NC and VA banks. During that time he also received an MBA from Wake Forest and a master’s in Banking from LSU. In 2001 he became the CFO for a client firm in Charlotte and served as CFO/Chief Operating Officer of another firm in Winston-Salem before retiring in 2014. Along the way his faith in God was tested and strengthened, especially through times of illness and loss. He and his wife Carol have a blended family with four adult children and five grandchildren. They are active members of First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem. As Minds Renewed builds in size and strength, Steve is also volunteering as the ministry’s CFO.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/steve-harris-57526047
Dr. James Kimball
Psychiatrist James Kimball made the move south from his native New Jersey to continue his medical and academic career. A Drew University undergrad, he graduated from Rutgers Medical School before a residency at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2003 he has been at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and has served in a variety of roles. In 2017 he was named an associate professor of psychiatry. His recent interests have been focused on global health and have included medical work in Mongolia and Macedonia. James credits his wife Sally’s encouragement and his participation in international missions sponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Association for inspiring him to renew and strengthen his faith. He is active in Holy Family Catholic Church where he serves on the pastoral council and the St. Francis Club, and also serves through his parish’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/james-kimball-a805bb6
Faith in God, hard work, a dedicated work force, and the loving mentorship and leadership of his father helped John Vann build and run a successful contract research organization serving the clinical research needs of the pharma and biotech worlds. John joined several generations of Vann family members as he graduated from Wake Forest (where he has served as a Trustee) before returning to Bristol to become a banker and computer service bureau rep to start his career. He joined his dad and a colleague in the 1990 founding of CTMS, a clinical research provider. He was CEO there when his company merged in 2007 with British-based Chiltern, allowing it to have international impact and John to oversee Chiltern’s US and Latin American operations as well as global marketing, business development and new partner acquisition. In 2012 he was led to step away from business and allow his experiences to be used in other ways. Principal among these are a range of church and community positions, including serving as a business advisor through the Summit Companies in Bristol, providing consulting services to small businesses and pro-bono services to non-profits. Today John is primarily applying his skills and wisdom to non-profits to which he’s drawn, including Minds Renewed. He and his wife Karen are active in their church’s mission partnership with a church and school in northeast Brazil, where they have traveled nearly every year since 2001, and as facilitators with Wycliffe Associates in short term Bible translation missions. The Vanns have four children and eight grandchildren.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/john-vann-9b53bba/
Dr. Pamela Wright-Etter
A wonderfully diverse career in medicine and a well-tested faith in Christ prepared Pam for the leadership of Minds Renewed. Growing up in New York and Ohio included education at Catholic schools. After training as a nurse, she practiced in an emergency room as she completed her BS at Wright State. She received her MD from Medical College of Ohio and finished residency training in psychiatry at Harding Hospital (Ohio State University) in Columbus. After private practice and teaching there she moved to Charlotte to practice at Carolinas Medical Center. She then set up a private practice with husband Kevin Etter. While raising a blended family of 5 children, Pam and Kevin had busy inpatient and outpatient practices as well as medical director roles at both free standing and large general hospitals in Charlotte. Her broad experience includes serving as a Clinical Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at the University of South Carolina since 1997 and serving as Medical Director/consultant with TranscendED, providing consultation as part of a leadership team of partial hospitalization and residential treatment of eating disorders. In 2012 Pam received a Masters of Public Healthcare Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Pam and Kevin have won major awards from the American Psychiatric Association. As they anticipate their retirements, she is making her last professional contribution in public mental health. She was recently named to the position of VP and Senior Medical Director/ Interim Chief Medical Officer for Cardinal Healthcare Innovations working to lead the transformation in NC Medicaid to whole person care. Though raised a Catholic, Pam did not have a personal relationship with Christ until attending medical school. She has followed God’s leading to travel over 8000 miles on mission trips as a teacher of psychiatry in countries that are among the world’s most closed to Christianity. She is especially interested in how those who are LGBTQ might be supported rather than alienated by the church. She is looking forward to seeing how the Lord will work through Minds Renewed.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-wright-etter-md-mha-17225320/
Pastor, community builder, prison chaplain, soldier, police officer, spiritual mentor, and award-winning barbeque pit master – these and many other roles are dimensions of Winston-Salem’s Johnny Young. A rural Eastern NC native, Johnny came to his eventual home community as a Winston-Salem State student. He left to serve Uncle Sam with a degree, his bride and ministry partner Pansy, and the first of their four children. Several years later they returned to Winston-Salem where he began service as a police officer. Then God’s call led him into pastoring. Having lived in the Northeast Ward many years before, he and Pansy felt a need to return to their old neighborhood and assist the residents there. Over the years, the neighborhood of 25th Street and Cleveland Avenue had declined and become pockmarked by crime and poverty. In 1997 they moved back to that neighborhood and opened The Potter’s House Family Resource Center, a non-profit whose mission is to assist families and individuals in crisis. Realizing that education is one of the ways to escape poverty -- but is rarely actualized by those living below the poverty level -- they made education their top priority. The Potter’s House has also served as a base for other organizations and ministries to connect with many residents of the Northeast Ward. In 2006 Johnny completed his MDiv in Theology at the Wake Forest Divinity School. He has served churches and prisons in the area and continues to speak at churches regularly. The Youngs have nine grandchildren and a host of spiritual children whom they have mentored over the years. When not pastoring and loving kids, Johnny loves cooking and feeding. As a professional barbecue chef, his travels have taken him to eight states and allowed him to compete against some of the nations’ top barbecue chefs. Johnny relates his board service for Minds Renewed to his call to minister in the area of healing and restoration. He understands intimately the need for a ministry like Minds Renewed.
Our special advisors provide wise counsel, specific knowledge, and broad networks of contacts as they help us help others. They have specific responsibilities for advising us on nominees for our national advisory council and other positions and on content for our web portal. Members also provide financial and prayer support. This group will grow to 50 members and represent the diversity of Christian faith communities in the U.S.
Chris Aiken, MD - Director, Mood Treatment Center
Chris is the director of the Mood Treatment Center, editor in chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, and is an instructor at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is the author of Bipolar, Not So Much, a 2017 self-help book that focuses on natural recovery for mood disorders. He is a founding board member of Minds Renewed and completed his medical training at Yale, Cornell, and Duke. Chris believes that stress and mental illness can wear away at people’s values, and that faith offers a path to healing. He is encouraged that full recovery from most mental illnesses is possible and -- though the challenge is great -- he often sees people come out of it with a stronger and more personal connection to their maker.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/chris-aiken-b1176634
Tonya Armstrong, MA, MTS, PhD – Owner and Licensed Psychologist, The Armstrong Center for Hope
MTS, Duke University Divinity School; MA and PhD, University of North Carolina. President, North Carolina Psychological Association, 2017-2019. Dean, MA in Christian Counseling Program, Apex School of Theology. Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling & Stephen Ministry Leader, Union Baptist Church. Recording artist and author, Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness (2018).
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/drtonyaarmstrong
Vance Brown, JD - CEO at National Cybersecurity Center; Chairman/Co-founder at Cherwell Software; Board President at Exponential Impact
Colorado Springs, CO
JD, University of North Carolina. Summer graduate programs, Stanford and Harvard Business Schools. Serial entrepreneur in information technology, education, and ministry. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Cherwell Software was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/vance-brown
Frank Clark, MD, FAFA - Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Services at Marshall Pickens Hospital, PRISMA Health-Upstate
Board Certified General Adult Psychiatrist; Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Residency: University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health-Richland Hospital; Member of the Dean's Advisory Council-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; immediate past chair of American Medical Association-Minority Affairs Section Governing Council.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/frank-clark-18221226/
Todd Clark, PhD - Vice President, Counseling and Community Partnerships, Trellis Supportive Care
MA in Professional Counseling, Liberty University; PhD in Christian Counseling, Christian Bible College. Has provided executive leadership for behavioral health services in public and private settings, large integrated hospital systems as well as smaller residential, outpatient, in-home, and community-based settings. Currently serves in a regional healthcare system as Vice President of Counseling and Community Partnerships. Also serves as Volunteer Chief Administrative Officer for Minds Renewed. His professional interests include speaking on topics related to the integration of spirit/soul/body, and spirituality and mental health. With the experience of growing up a minister’s son, he spends time consulting with church leaders on how to transform their church/place of worship/spiritual congregation into a safe place for those struggling with mental health.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/todd-m-clark-phd-3ab8b673
Mark Crear, PhD – President, Mark Crear Ministries
Recognized as a dynamic speaker, ordained minister, published author, professional counselor, and master life and business coach. Known for his work on multicultural and racial reconciliation coaching, counseling, and consulting. As the Executive Director for the multicultural division for The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), he helped create several cultural competency video-based trainings, including Racial Reconciliation and Healing. Founder of In The Zone Coaching Counseling Consulting based in Los Angeles. Uses his experience as two-time Olympic champion hurdler to counsel and teach in way that are encouraging, biblically sound, clinically sound and easily applicable.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/markcrear/
Gina N. Duncan, MD - Eastover Psychological & Psychiatric Group
MD, University of North Carolina; general residency and chief resident at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Also serve as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Dean for Admissions for the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. Special interests include the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry, disparities in health and achievement that disproportionately affect underserved communities, strength-based approaches to building resilience, and faith- and community-based approaches to addressing disparities in mental health.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/glnduncan
Kathryn Greene-McCreight, MDiv, STM, PhD - Author & Priest Affiliate, Christ Church, New Haven
New Haven, CT
MDiv, STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD, Yale University. Priest Affiliate at Christ Church, New Haven, CT. Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Connecticut; noted author, known especially for her book on mental illness and the Christian life, Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness (2006; revised edition introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, 2015). A New Haven area mental health lay leader with NAMI and Yale New Haven Health.
Reverend Brad Hoefs - Founder and Executive Director, Fresh Hope for Mental Health; Senior Pastor, Community of Grace Lutheran Church
MDiv, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Ordained Lutheran pastor since 1984. Founded Fresh Hope after personal mental health challenges. Fresh Hope provides an international network of Christian mental health support groups that empower people with a mental health diagnosis, along with their loved ones, to live well despite mental health challenges. Also offers extensive resources online and a mental health podcast with 37,000 listeners. Chairs the Advisory Committee for Mental Health for the Governor of Nebraska. Author, Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/bradhoefs/
David Jenkins, PsyD - Professor | Director, MA in Addiction Counseling |
Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, Liberty University
MA, Appalachian State University; MA, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PsyD, George Fox College. Serves on Executive Board of the Society for Christian Psychology; served previously as Clinical Director of the International Board of Christian Counselors of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Speaks frequently at conferences, seminars and retreats.
For more: www.liberty.edu/academics/behavioralsciences/counseling
Eric L. Johnson, PhD - Professor of Christian Psychology and Director of the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling, Houston Baptist University
MA, Calvin College; PhD Michigan State University. Experience in pastoral counseling and as a professor of psychology and counseling. Executive Board of Society for Christian Psychology and the Institute for Christian Psychology. Publishes frequently in books and professional journals, and often speaks at professional conferences.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/eric-johnson-7959a74
Ian F. Jones, PhD - Professor of Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA
MA, MDiv, and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and PhD from University of North Texas. Active in the field of counseling for over 35 years as a counselor, educator, scholar, writer, and leader of professional and academic organizations in both the US and other countries.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ian-jones-4a821827
Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD - Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, Harvard Medical School
RSCJ, PhD She is a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation of Catholic women religious that lives out its vocation in the service of education. Her area of expertise in her faculty service is religion and spirituality in the clinical context. For thirty-five years, using a model she created, she has led groups on spiritual beliefs and values for adults with psychiatric disabilities. She presents frequently at regional, national, and international conferences. Many have praised her 2009 book: Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness.
Learn more about her work: expandingconnections.com
Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD - Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center; Esther Colliflower Associate Research Professor of Pastoral and Moral Theology, Duke Divinity School
MD, Harvard Medical School; MTS and ThD at Duke University Divinity School. He is a psychiatrist and Christian theologian, currently practicing at the Durham VA Medical Center and teaching at Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School. He cares deeply about the way that churches and Christian communities understand mental health problems and walk with people with mental illness. He is also co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. He frequently speaks at professional conferences and publishes in professional journals.
For more: https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/warren-kinghorn
Michael Lyles, MD - Medical Director, Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting
MD, University of Michigan. Residency at Duke followed by positions on the Psychiatry faculty and as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Units at the University of Kentucky. In private practice since 1986 in Atlanta area. American Association of Christian Counselors Executive Board member and frequent conference speaker. Has held medical leadership positions in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for psychiatric and addictive disorders. Also, has provided psychiatric services in federal and state correctional facilities, state psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric consultation/liaison services in general hospital settings.
For more: www.LylesandCrawford.com
Joe Moore - Assistant Regional Director, Carolinas Region, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Joe received the Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Columbia Theological Seminary and the Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Renovare’ Institute. For many years he served as Intervarsity’s National Co-director of Spiritual Formation and Prayer. He serves as a chaplain and consultant for Minds Renewed.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/joe-moore-70342613/
Joe Padilla - Founder, CEO and President, Mental Health Grace Alliance
Baylor graduate and ordained minister with over 20 years of missions and ministry experience. In 2011, Joe co-founded Mental Health Grace Alliance (The Grace Alliance) to provide the body of Christ with simple and innovative mental health resources, small groups, and training. Joe co-authored all The Grace Alliance’s curriculums and programs with positive outcomes published in three psychological journals. Today, The Grace Alliance has become a large and growing network of small groups across denominations and around the world.
For more: www.MentalHealthGraceAlliance.org and www.linkedin.com/in/joepadillalink
Jared Pingleton, PsyD - Director of Mental Health Care and Ministry, American Association of Christian Counselors
MA, University of Missouri-Kansas City; MA, PsyD, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. Dually trained and credentialed in both theology and psychology, Jared is a third-generation minister and a licensed clinical psychologist. In professional practice since 1977, Jared was formerly Director of Counseling Services at Focus on the Family and specializes in the integration of psychology and Christianity. He has taught at several Christian universities and seminaries, is a noted national and international speaker and conference leader and is author or co-author of eight books, including the acclaimed ministry resource: The Struggle is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church.
For more: www.DrPingleton.com & www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jared-pingleton-a307967
Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, MDiv, Editor, The Christian Citizen, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
MDiv., Andover Newton Theological School. Led task forces related to mental health for the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities, and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, a project of the American Psychiatric Association and the faith community to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Member of the board of directors of Pathways to Promise, a ministry which works with faith communities to welcome, support, engage and include persons with mental illnesses and those who care for them.
For more: www.ChristianCitizen.us/ & www.linkedin.com/in/cramseylucas
Constance Rhodes - Founder & CEO, FINDINGbalance, Inc.
Founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, a Christian non-profit helping people find freedom from eating issues since 2002. Frequent speaker on themes of eating disorders, body image, and identity issues. Author, Life Inside the 'Thin' Cage and The Art of Being. Practical Theology Diploma, Christ for the Nations Institute.
For more: www.findingbalance.com
Tony Rose, DMin - Senior Pastor, LaGrange Baptist Church
MDiv, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; MS in Conflict Management, Sullivan University; DMin in Preaching and Soul Care, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Senior Pastor at LaGrange since 1993. In 2014 and 2015, was chairman of the Mental Health Advisory Group to Dr. Frank Page, president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. The working group reported on how Southern Baptist Churches and entities were serving individuals and families that were suffering from the difficulties of mental illness and suggested ideas on how they might care for and serve these hurting people more effectively.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/tony-rose-81015965
Steven Scoggin, PsyD - Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health; Interim Chair for Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine; Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
MDiv, LPC, and PsyD. Formerly provided leadership to Wake Forest Baptist’s CareNet, a statewide spiritually integrated psychotherapy and counseling network comprised of 35 clinics. As ordained clergy for 40 years he has served the church as Senior Minister, Associate Minister and Minister to Youth.
Harold Smith - President and CEO, Christianity Today Global Media Ministry
Carol Stream, IL
A graduate of the University of Michigan, he joined Christianity Today in 1984 and was named to the top position in 2007. Has led efforts to make it a dynamic global media ministry that reaches 5 million people per month. Has overseen the transition from primarily print to linking web, mobile, and tablet technologies to print to expand the reach of the ministry and its message of Good News. Married to Judy, the Chair of the Minds Renewed board, Harold is half of the “first couple” of Minds Renewed’s ministry.
For more: www.ChristianityToday.org/inside-story/inside-ministry/2012/february/harold-b-smith-bio.html
W. Tim Snyder – Associate Vice President for Alumni and Donor Services, Wake Forest University
Graduated from Wake Forest in anthropology and physics. 31 years of experience as University Advancement’s leader in adapting ever-changing technology to the ever-increasing demands for more effective communications with and among constituents, secure and responsive methods of fundraising and friend-raising, and powerful delivery devices that go everywhere. Minds Renewed board member, 2014-2017. Serves on Educational Advisory Board and Product Advisory Group for Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. He regularly provides advisory services for non-profit organizations.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/wtimsnyder
Matthew Stanford, PhD - CEO, Hope and Healing Center & Institute
Adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science he is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. His research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in such national publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today, as well as many news websites including Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo, and US News & World Report. He is the author of two books, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, Revised and Expanded (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and The Biology of Sin: Grace Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (InterVarsity Press, 2011).
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-stanford-46285582
W. Chad Stephens, MD - Medical Director, Integrative Care, Novant Health
MD, Duke University. Residencies in family practice, psychiatry, and addiction, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Private practice for several years, then five years as medical director for a large regional publicly funded behavioral health provider. He and his family also served through extended medical and educational missions trips to Kenya. Co-founded the Amani Children’s Foundation to provide funding for New Life Homes, a Kenya-based ministry that supports abandoned children of that region.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/chad-stephens-b9a10a16
Bob VandePol - Executive Director, Employee Assistance and Church Assistance Programs, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Grand Rapids, MI
MSW, University of Iowa. Career includes direct clinical involvement (inpatient and outpatient) and leadership of a 5,000 member Critical Incident Response network. Currently leveraging behavioral health expertise to support business and ministry initiatives. Pine Rest is a psychiatric hospital and behavioral health provider with a main treatment campus located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and about 20 outpatient locations in Michigan and Iowa. It is one of the largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/bobvandepol
Joseph Verga, PhD - Executive Director Emeritus, Associates in Christian Counseling
MA Theology & PhD Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Director Emeritus, Associates in Christian Counseling (ACC); Assistant Professor, Graduate Counseling Program, Liberty University. Founded and directed ACC (1991-2013); Faculty of Liberty 2006-present.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/joe-verga-57a50637
Ryan Casey Waller, JD, MTS, MS - Assistant Rector & Pastoral Leader of Uptown Services, Church of the Incarnation
JD, MTS, MS in Counseling Psychology, Southern Methodist University. Episcopal priest and writer. Practiced law before being called to teach and preach. Served at All Saints’ Episcopal School before current position. Author of Broken and Centurion: Mark’s Gospel as a Thriller.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-casey-waller-420b5481/
Richard Winter, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP - Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology and Counseling, Covenant Seminary
Creve Coeur, MO
MD and Past Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). Doctor and Psychiatrist for 11 years in England; Counselor and Director of L'Abri Fellowship in England for 14 years. Associate Pastor of International Presbyterian Church in England for 8 years. Professor of Applied Theology and Counseling + Psychotherapist, St Louis, MO for 24 years. Emeritus professor for two years.
For more: www.covenantseminary.edu/faculty/richard-winter/
Nagy Youssef, MD - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University
MD from Cairo University; residency and fellowships at the medical centers of South Alabama, Yale, Duke, and the Durham (NC) VA. Extensive experience in mental health with special focus on treatment-resistant disorders; special focus on mood disorders and suicide prevention, and PTSD and resilience.
For more: www.augusta.edu/mcg/psychiatry/psych_faculty.php
While there will be paid staff needed as Minds Renewed grows, currently nearly everyone serving is a volunteer. They are sharing their time, talent, and treasure to honor God by serving those who are impacted by mental health concerns and addictions.
Bob Mills - President and Executive Director (Volunteer)
Bob brings to role of founder and director the skills from a 40 year career in constituent relations and fundraising and the perspective of a fellow searcher for mental and spiritual well-being. Bob received his BA from Wake Forest and immediately began his career there. Along the way he received an MBA from Wake Forest and led a wide range of programs in alumni and parent relations, annual funds, capital campaign direction, major and estate gift planning, and university planning. From early days he developed an appreciation for the power information technology brought to improving communications with and among constituents, and was a leader as the school’s innovative and entrepreneurial applications of technology won national acclaim. In 2013 he retired as Associate Vice President, Advancement to found Minds Renewed after research proved there was no central place on the web for people to find easy access to the best mental health resources generally and to Christ-centered resources particularly. Bob’s desire to honor God through serving the suffering grew out of his own experience with bouts of depression and bipolar disorder. He served on the board of Associates in Christian Counseling for 20 years and has facilitated a bipolar support group ministry he founded at his home church, First Presbyterian of Winston-Salem, since 2001.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/robert-d-bob-mills-4904264
Todd Clark - Chief Administrative Officer (Volunteer)
A Special Advisor since Minds Renewed’s 2013 creation, Todd stepped up his leadership to become our CAO in 2016. He brings to the role over 25 years of executive leadership and experience in behavioral health services in public and private settings, large integrated hospital systems as well as smaller residential, outpatient, in-home, and community-based settings. Currently he is Vice President, Counseling and Community Partnerships for Hospice & Palliative CareCenter headquartered In Winston-Salem. Todd received undergraduate degree and MA in Professional Counseling at Liberty University and his PhD in Christian Counseling from Christian Bible College. He and his wife Andrea have two school-aged children, and much of their free time is devoted to family and church activities. A Piedmont NC native, Todd’s call to serve others through behavioral healthcare and Minds Renewed is rooted deeply in a family and personal love for Jesus from an early age. He writes that he is excited and honored to see what God will do with our team, the vision He has laid on our hearts, and bringing hope to those in need.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/todd-m-clark-phd-3ab8b673
Rebekah Hines - Research Associate
Rebekah, a Winston-Salem native, is Minds Renewed’s Research Associate on its African American Initiative. She received a Master's in Psychology with a Clinical Concentration from North Carolina Central University. During her tenure at the university, she was an intricate part of numerous research studies and grant projects on program efficacy, student success, African American well-being, spirituality and mental health. She is an experienced behavioral specialist and provides social support for individuals and families affected by chronic mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Rebekah is a dedicated mental health advocate and believes every person should be guaranteed access to competent mental health services. In addition to her part time position with Minds Renewed, she is currently the Executive Director of the Sinai Community Development Corporation; a nonprofit organization which is committed to enhancing the quality of life for families through economic development, self-help programs, educational advancement, community revitalization and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Nina Poe - Secretary (Volunteer)
Nina is a native of North Carolina and attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she majored in Religious Studies. She continued her studies at Harvard Divinity School, completing her Master of Theological Studies, and Stanford Law School. Nina works at Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP. Nina has been an officer and volunteer for Minds Renewed since its 2013 incorporation. She finds healing in serving others as she continues her own recovery from a mood disorder she has had since she was a child. Nina is trained as a PEER Support Specialist and as a certified health records specialist. She also serves through the Shining the Light community mental health awareness ministry of Centenary United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she has worshipped with a variety of congregations: at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, Centenary United Methodist Church, and Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.
Rob Phelps – Chief Technology Officer (Volunteer)
Rob began volunteering as our CTO in 2016. He is well prepared with over 30 years of leadership and consulting experience with global and fortune 500 companies, Healthcare Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), Academic Medical Centers (AMCs), biotech/pharmaceutical companies and medical device organizations. A PMP certified project manager, he currently works with the Enterprise Data Organization at BB&T Bank. A seasoned leader, Rob has both industry and consulting experience and specializes in informatics strategy, development and deployment of information systems, corporate consolidation, as well as performance management and process improvement initiatives. A native of small town eastern North Carolina, Rob finished his undergraduate degree in Biology at Wake Forest University. He also completed a Master Degree at Appalachian State in Community Education and earned a graduate level certificate in Public Health from UNC’s School of Public Health. Rob and his wife Helen have two married children and a grandson. He values being active in local faith communities, including the New Canaan Society (men’s ministry) and InterFaith Winston Salem. His service to Minds Renewed is rooted in a desire to find ways to bring people together around mental health issues. He believes we will provide leadership as we offer guided access to content and like-minded practitioners that can help those in need.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/rwphelps
Alissa Murph -- Administrative Coordinator
With training and experience in education and a heart for those who are overcoming difficulties, Alissa has a soul wholly devoted to God. She is well-suited for helping to coordinate the variety of administrative and communications tasks a national ministry start-up faces daily. Alissa’s creative talents – especially in visual arts – are also being put to good use. A Tidewater Virginia native, she received a B. S. in Education in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Barton College, along with a Cognate Study of Psychology. She also received additional certification in Birth through Kindergarten Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. She taught spoken language to preschoolers with hearing loss for 15 years before homeschooling her own two children for nine years. Her son will be a rising senior at Atkins STEM Magnet School and her daughter will be a rising sophomore at UNCG, studying art education. Like many who serve Minds Renewed, Alissa experienced dark times from struggles with mental health issues and unrecognized emotional wounds. She sought and found God’s peace and healing through Christian counselors, medical professionals, and peers, and has been active as a volunteer in helping others find the same. Alissa, husband John, and their children regularly attend Generations Family Church.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/alissa-murph-428640146
Elizabeth Allen - Chaplain (Volunteer)
Professional experience in medicine and teaching and a passion for prayer ministry prepared Elizabeth well to become Minds Renewed’s first Chaplain. She grew up in Charlotte, NC with medicine, ministry and teaching running in her blood. Her father was a pediatrician, her grandfather an Episcopal priest, and her mother a chemistry professor. She chose UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and medical school degrees, and her pediatric residency. She also met and married fellow undergrad Warren Allen. Their two sons were born during her fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Then came a move to Winston-Salem and 26 years as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician on the faculty of Wake Forest School of Medicine. There she cared for children and families affected by complex mental health challenges, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and autism. She always worked to address the roots of the problem, whether they were physical, emotional or spiritual, and often taught about the connection between faith and health. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2000, Elizabeth experienced deep healing through prayer. Since then she has embraced Christian healing ministry, a passion that combines many of her interests. In 2017, she left her practice of medicine (temporarily) to pursue her dreams of teaching, writing (prayers, prayer poems and articles), and leadership in healing ministry. She leads a committee at her church (St. Paul’s Episcopal) that focuses on improving mental health through education, resources, and support for those impacted by mental health challenges in her church and community. She also leads healing ministry broadly as secretary and North American board member for the Order of St. Luke (OSL), an international, interdenominational healing ministry. Her excitement about helping build a stronger prayer covering for the OSL inspired her to do something similar for Minds Renewed. She encourages all leaders to imagine what will happen if 12,000 mental health professionals and interested clergy and lay people started praying diligently together for the Lord to bring deep healing and hope to individuals with mental illness and their families.
Beth Murray -- Administrative Assistant
Beth is Minds Renewed’s newest staff member. A native of Winston Salem, she went to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Health Care Management. She then worked for Provident Life and Accident Insurance company, first as a Managed Care specialist and later as the Business Advisor in a Case Management Unit. She is grateful she was be able to stay home to raise her two children, who are now in their mid-20’s. Through the years she was able to use her extra time and talents in several areas that complemented her children’s lives. She was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, public school volunteer and a volunteer for several non-profits in Winston-Salem. Volunteering for non-profits and her alma mater remain big parts of her life. She cherishes this new opportunity to support the mission of Minds Renewed. Exposure to the growing needs around healthcare over the years, particularly those in the mental health arena, drives her passion for the Minds Renewed mission. As mental health challenges continue to proliferate in all corners of society, she’s passionate about the evolution of resources available to guide those in need.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/beth-warren-murray-a2034a5b
Jason Drass - Bull & Beard - Marketing Communications & Digital Advisors
Our relationship with Bull & Beard (www.bullandbeard.com) is partially a business one but the donated time and spiritual encouragement that founder, Jason Drass offers is inspired by a strong faith in God and an identification with our mission of honoring God by serving those impacted by mental illness. Along with the partnership of MANE (www.madebymane.com) and their Belgrade, Serbia-based web design and development team, Jason has been an answer to prayer for a start-up ministry with the vision to leverage technology and online communications to help people in need find what they need. Jason brings two decades of experience covering hundreds of projects using various talents in video, television, film and digital production. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and received his MA in communications from Regent University in Virginia. He and his wife Amy have one in college, one in high school and one child still in elementary school.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/jasondrass