Friday, July 21, 2023

8:00am – Registration Opens; Continental Breakfast
9:00am – Conference Begins

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2100 Richard Arrington Blvd
N. Birmingham, AL 35203

Featured Guests

Rev. Dr. John Faison
Senior Pastor
Watson Grove Baptist Church
Nashville, TN
Full Bio

Dr. Charles Jenkins
Award-Winning Gospel Artist
Full Bio



Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast


Morning Praise and Welcome
Introductions and Purpose

Dr. Pernessa C. Seele
Founder & CEO
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio


Disease State Awareness Plenary Sessions


More info coming soon




Understanding Genetic Kidney Disease and Its Impact on the Black Community: Insights into the APOL1 GeneDr. Stacey Johnson (Vertex) 
Associate Medical Director, Clinical
Development, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sponsored by Vertex


Exhibits and Boxed Lunch


Health Ministry Development

Breakout Workshops (Concurrent; Choose One at Registration)

Workshop 1
Developing Your Health Ministry

Cary Goodman
Program Consultant
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio

This workshop will provide hands-on
learning and tools for those seeking to
establish a new health ministry within
their congregation. Key topics:

  • Why Having a Health Ministry Matters
  • Key Components of a Health Ministry
  • Strategic Approaches to Building a Health Ministry
  • Getting Started with Your Health Ministry

Workshop 2
Strengthening Your Existing
Health Ministry
Pamela Price
Deputy Director
The Balm In Gilead, Inc
Full Bio

We will discuss resources and tools
to sustain and grow an active
health ministry. Key topics:


  • Strategic and Work Plan Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Fairs and Educational Programming
  • Partnership Development
  • Communication and Social Media




Evaluating Faith-Based Health
Pamela Price
Deputy Director
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio

Data collection and data analysis are essential to sustaining your health ministry and assessing whether it is achieving your goals. Participants will gain an understanding of how to evaluate their health ministry at every stage of development and implementation.

The session will provide an overview of SMART objectives and logic models and will identify helpful tools and resources.

3:45PM – 5:00PM

Closing Worship Experience featuring Rev. Dr. John Faison and guest artist Dr. Charles Jenkins.