The Center for Congregational Health®, one of four departments in the Division of Faith and Health Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has realigned personnel to strengthen and expand the delivery of their services to faith communities, lay leaders and clergy.
Reverend Elizabeth Kennett will become the full time Network Coordinator for Healthy Faith Communities. Although she has worked on a part time basis with the Center for six years, Beth is the first ordained female clergy hired to a full time position with the Center. According to Bill Wilson, president of the Center, “Beth is truly a utility player. She has touched practically every facet of the Center’s work, from coaching to consulting to interim ministry to leadership development to spiritual formation.”
Beth will coordinate the Center’s coaching ministry as well as several new strategic initiatives, including the Healthy Faith Community Network. She is leaving her position as co-pastor (with her husband) of Hillsborough United Church of Christ in Hillsborough, NC.
Reverend Melissa Clodfelter has made a significant contribution to the Center’s ministries for the last 10 years. A major involvement has been to design and implement the coaching ministry. Melissa recently accepted a full time position with Wake Forest University as Associate Director, Professional and Leadership Development, and needs to substantially reduce her work with the Center. Fortunately for the Center, she will remain connected as the Center’s Coordinator of Coach Training, as well as continuing to work with coaching clients.
Dr. Mike Queen has accepted the part time position of Pastor in Residence, continuing and expanding upon the work begun by Dr. Jack Causey who recently retired from that position. While Mike’s work will cross all age lines, he will be placing heavy emphasis on the mentoring of younger clergy as a faculty member for the Center’s Young Leaders’ Program. In April of this year, Mike retired from the full time pastorate, having most recently served for 25 years as the senior minister of First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC.
Dr. Monica Corbitt Rivers, a licensed psychologist and leadership consultant, has accepted the position of Coordinator of the African-American Clergy and Congregational Health Initiative. The project is a collaborative venture that is in the initial stages of development. Monica has taught leadership courses at the Wake Forest School of Divinity and currently serves as an adjunct professor of psychology at Winston Salem State University.
Dr. Larry Williams has decided to retire after leading the Pastor as Spiritual Guide Program for the Center for the last 9 years. When Larry retired from the full time pastorate, he approached the Center with his idea for this ministry. Since that time, he has worked part time as the Coordinator of the program and one of two faculty members. During this time, more than 50 pastors have been positively impacted by his work.
For more information about the Center for Congregational Health® and their ministries, visit their website at www.healthychurch.org or call the main office at 336.716.9722.