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 2019-2020. 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.
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.
Dr. Tonya Armstrong
After receiving her undergraduate degree at Yale University, Tonya returned to her hometown of Durham. A clinical psychologist with a focus on child, adolescent and family issues, she received her master’s and doctoral degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Possessing a deeper sense of the psychological and spiritual challenges confronting our youth, she also obtained a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School. She served on the faculty of Duke Divinity School for five years. In 2010 she founded The Armstrong Center for Hope, a private group practice of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. She also serves as Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling of Union Baptist Church in Durham, and as Dean of the Counseling Studies Department at the Apex School of Theology, and as president-elect of the North Carolina Psychological Association. Recently she published a book with accompanying CD, Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness. In leading Minds Renewed, she is especially interested in reclaiming the voices of persons from historically black denominations, particularly as it pertains to mental health and soul care. She and her husband Corwin have a teenage daughter and an elementary school age son.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/drtonyaarmstrong
Jane became a licensed counselor following a long career as a nurse and nurse educator, plus stints in research and medical records analysis. Building upon her medical experience and her Bachelor’s in nursing from Ohio State, Jane completed her master’s in community counseling at UNC-Greensboro and began work as a psychotherapist with her Christian faith as the foundation. She sees clients of all ages in her solo practice in Lewisville and Winston-Salem, but pursues her special interests in children and families, mood disorders, ADHD, life transitions, and grief and loss. Jane and husband Mark have three adult children. She is an active member of Lewisville Baptist Church and is a facilitator in the Bipolar Support group ministry at First Presbyterian Church.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/jane-bardou-283b4416
Topsail Beach, NC (Chair-elect)
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 three 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
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 four 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
Reverend Yvonne Hines
Like many people with a deep faith, Yvonne has been well prepared to serve God through times of loss and uncertainty. She grew up in Danville, VA., in a family of modest means that stressed education. Inspired to be a teacher, she graduated from Winston-Salem State University and completed graduate studies at the University of Virginia. Some years later she received a second graduate degree, a master’s in Divinity from Wake Forest University Divinity School. Yvonne married Reverend John Hines, who became Senior Pastor of Mt. Sinai Church in Winston-Salem. She continued her teaching and raised their two children, and also cared for and reared three other children over a 20 year period. When her husband died in 1995, she was confirmed as Senior Pastor of Mt. Sinai Church, where she still serves, along with serving on numerous community boards and as a consultant on conflict resolutions in congregational settings, international missions work, women in leadership roles and community uplift. Yvonne’s life was touched by mental illness most directly over the last decade when a close family member suffered a serious disorder. But she has also experienced the joy that came as God brought other believers around to support and pray for them during his recovery.
For more: www.mountsinaifullgospel.org
DC area native Matt Hinson brings to Minds Renewed the energy, entrepreneurial vibe, and tech-savvy mind of the millennial generation. Matt started and sold two small tech centric companies at a young age, the second of which won him recognition at Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 2004. Out of college he ran the global eCommerce and national direct sales business units for the DISH network in Denver, then moved back east to become Senior VP-Strategy at Mullen Advertising, a Boston-based national agency with a large presence in Winston-Salem. More recently he joined Flow Automotive Companies (dealership conglomerate) first as Chief Marketing Officer and now Managing Director. Along with that role he is also Managing Director of Amplify RPM, a technology-focused venture capital operation backed by several private dealership groups. Matt and his wife Sarah have two young children. They have been active at their home church, First Presbyterian, in small group and youth activities. Having seen firsthand the stress mental illness can place on both individuals and families, Matt welcomes the opportunity to serve God and to apply his knowledge and mindset to help Minds Renewed become increasingly innovative and effective using technology to solve human problems.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/hinson
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
Dr. Sam Martin
Steve A. “Sam” Martin’s long professional history includes not only many positions, but major career changes into the pastorate, seminary leadership, business and non-profit consultancy, and advising society’s leaders. A South Carolina native, Sam received a B.A. from Rhodes College, a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (Virginia), and a Ph.D. from LSU. He pastored Presbyterian churches in South Carolina and Louisiana before joining Union Seminary where he served as a professor and vice president. In 1981 he began a third career as a management consultant and fully retired recently. During the last few years he completed terms as Chair of the Board of Winston-Salem State University and as Board Chair of the Presbyterian Church Foundation. Sam and his wife Hervey have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Dr. W. Vaughn McCall
When Vaughn met with a new patient in 1997, neither suspected that 16 years later they would be co-founding a ministry. Vaughn is a Winston-Salem native whose undergraduate degree, medical school education and psychiatry residency were completed at Duke University. He also served as a psychiatrist and junior faculty member at Duke Medical School. In 1991 he joined the psychiatry faculty of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and rose to chair the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. In 2012 he was named Case Distinguished Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University). In 2013 he became Minds Renewed’s Founding Chair. Members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, he and his wife Dawn have three adult sons. He credits the evenings he spent reading the Children’s Bible aloud to his sons with prompting a lasting spiritual re-awakening.
For more: www.augusta.edu/mcg/psychiatry/psych_faculty.php
A bout with depression led Barbara to apply the skills she learned in a business and marketing career to directing a large regional office of CareNet Counseling, the largest hospital-based and faith-integrated program of its kind in the nation. CareNet is an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health and serves 88 of NC’s 100 counties. Growing up primarily in the DC suburbs, she received her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland and later a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. Her business career in the retail food industry brought her to Winston-Salem based Lowes Foods in 1995, where she rose to Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising. She overcame a struggle with a major depressive disorder, but this experience gave her a deep appreciation for the need to help others who struggle. In 2011 the door for her to serve professionally opened at CareNet. Barbara and her husband Richard have two adult children. Her life has given her an intense desire to reduce the stigma around mental health counseling, especially in the faith community.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-saulpaugh-5b796810
Carol Stream, IL (Chair)
Nurse, educator, mental health advocate, supportive wife and mother, leader – all those roles and more describe Board Chair Judy Smith. A Michigan native, she graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She worked in a number of nursing roles, the longest of which was as 17-year stint as the school nurse for a large suburban Chicago high school. She and her husband Harold have two adult sons. Her role as a supportive spouse took on new dimension when Harold, who joined the global media ministry of Christianity Today in 1984, was named its president and chief executive officer in 2007. Together they travel throughout the U. S. and many other countries for discussions with Christian leaders. The mental health challenges of family members caused Judy to take up the banner of advocacy. She regularly teaches Mental Health First Aid and is a board member of the DuPage chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is also leading her home church, College Church in Wheaton, IL, as it seeks God’s direction on its offerings for those impacted by mental illness.
Minds Renewed only had to look around the corner to find the person most ideal to lead its board’s efforts to evaluate and adapt the software needed to make its web portal, volunteer experience, and donor experience the best possible. Tim grew up as a pastor’s son in the mountains around Asheville, NC and graduated from Wake Forest with majors in anthropology and physics. Even before graduating in 1988 he became a valuable member of the University’s technology team, with a special assignment with the University Advancement office’s computer systems. That grew into a near-30 year career as 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. As Associate Vice President for Alumni and Donor Services, he is responsible for overall management of Alumni Services, the Wake Forest Fund, Donor Services and Advancement Services. He serves on industry product advisory councils and regularly provides advisory services for non-profit organizations. Tim and wife Kim have a son entering college in 2017. They are longtime leaders in Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church where Tim’s personal ministry is one of music, teaching, and worship service design.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/wtimsnyder
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 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
Vance Brown, JD - Executive Chair & Co-founder, Cherwell Software
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
Todd Clark, PhD - Vice President, Counseling and Community Partnerships, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter
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
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.
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 Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA, Calvin College; PhD Michigan State University. Experience in Pastoral Counseling and as a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Pastoral Care. Executive Board of Society 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 - Clinical Professor of Psychology, 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 and Pastoral
and Moral Theology, Duke University Medical Center & 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, who 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: www.linkedin.com/in/warren-kinghorn-243b331b
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 1997 in Atlanta area. American Association of Christian Counselors Executive Board member and frequent conference speaker.
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. For Minds Renewed he serves as a chaplain and consultant for the work of Minds Renewed staff.
For more: learningandtalent.intervarsity.org/spiritual-formation-prayer/more-about-joe-moore
Joe Padilla - Founder, CEO and President, Mental Health Grace Alliance
Baylor graduate and an ordained minister who worked with Antioch Ministries International (AMI) in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. Leads The Grace Alliance in carrying out its mission to “build peer and lay-led mental health recovery resources, support programs, and training accessible and affordable to anyone, anywhere, anytime.” The ministry offers over 100 groups across and outside the U.S. Co-authored with Matthew Stanford (PhD) The Grace Alliance’s mental health recovery coaching curriculum, mental health support groups, and mental health trainings for clergy leaders. Frequent speaker in academic, community, and church-based setting. Has provided mental health coaching and consulting for individuals and families experiencing mental health distress.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/joepadillalink
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.
For more: 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.linkedin.com/in/constancerhodes
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 - Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health and CareNet, Inc., Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Strategy and Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health
MDiv, LPC, and PsyD. Provides leadership to CareNet, a statewide spiritually integrated psychotherapy and counseling network comprised of 35 clinics. Also teaches and supervises Psychiatric Residents in psychotherapy. As ordained clergy for 40 years he has served the church as Senior Minister, Associate Minister and Minister to Youth.
For more: www.wakehealth.edu/CareNet
Amy Simpson - Life and Leadership Coach, Author, and Speaker
CPCC; MBA, University of Colorado at Denver. Certified Co-active Coach. Author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission and Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry. Extensive background in editing and publishing with Group Publishing and Christianity Today International.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/aresimpson
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
Matthew Stanford, PhD - CEO, Hope and Healing Center & Institute
MA, PhD, Baylor University. Also adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. Formerly Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Studies at Baylor University and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. His research and his two books on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith have been recognized frequently in national publications. Co-founded and served as executive director of the Mental Health Grace Alliance.
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
Gaines Township, 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 Gaines Township, 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
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.
For more: www.covenantseminary.edu/academics/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
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 Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, 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. With her children now in public high school, she’s rejoined the paid workforce to serve God in an area that is very close to her heart. 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
Robby Berthume & Jason Drass - Bull & Beard - Digital Strategists and Communications Advisors
Our relationship with Robby and Jason, the Winston-Salem contingent of Bull & Beard (www.bullandbeard.com), is partially a business one. But their donated time and spiritual encouragement are inspired by their faith in God and their identification with our mission of honoring God by serving those impacted by mental illness. Along with the partners of MANE (www.madebymane.com) -- Sasa Jovanovic, Darko Ignjatovic and Sinisa Sasic – and their Belgrade, Serbia-based web design and development team, Jason and Robby are literally 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. Co-founder and Managing Partner Jason is the bearded one of the group and has two decades of experience covering hundreds of projects using his 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 teen and elementary aged children. The millennial 'Bull' of the team is Robby, who began creating companies in high school and never stopped. The South Carolinian ran companies throughout his college years at Liberty University, then relocated to Los Angeles where he built a reputation as one of the top digital strategists for start-ups. His return to the Southeast eventually brought him to Winston-Salem where he and Jason built a partnership on shared values and complementary talents and experiences. Robby serves as CEO of their company and frequently does interviews, podcasts and writes articles on a range of topics including millennials, digital strategy, and entrepreneurship. He and his wife Marthann have three children, all under five years old.
For more: www.linkedin.com/in/robbyberthume and www.linkedin.com/in/jasondrass