Idea to Action Series

Hosted by Huntington University

The Idea to Action symposiums, held twice a year, explore relevant ministry topics in light of theological reflection, exemplary practice, and proven resources. Due to Covid restrictions, the events are currently offered online. The cost is free, but you need to register.

The next symposium will be held Monday, March 29, under the title “Erase the Stigma: Equipping the Church on Mental Health Issues.”

The cost is free for everybody. However, you need to register.

March 29, 2021 (Monday)

Erase the Stigma: Equipping the Church on Mental Health Issues

10:00 am
Dr. Mandy Kellums Baraka – “Who’s in Your Pew? History of Mental Health Care in the Church Congregations”

11:00 am
Panel Discussion with Dr. Jerry Davis: “Current Practices for Mental Health Care in the Church”
Panel Members:

  • Rachele Dixie: Director of Christian Education, New Covenant Worship Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Amanda Campati: Church administrator and coordinator of small group ministries, Broadway Christian Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Kathleen Schaffer: Member of the parish health team, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Ind.

11:45 am

12:00 pm
Dr. Eric Williams – “Pastoring Post Pandemic: Resources and Reflections for the Days Ahead”


The cost is free for everybody. However, you need to register.

Dr. Mandy Kellums Baraka joined the Forester family as an assistant professor of counseling in 2016. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College, and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. She has worked as a crisis therapist for Community Counseling Centers of Chicago.

Dr. Jerry Davis first joined the Huntington University faculty in 1981, and now teaches in the graduate counseling program. His experience includes 37 years of experience in private practice counseling and 25 years of clinical supervision.

Dr. Eric A. Williams teaches in the clinical mental health counseling program at Huntington University. His time as a counselor has seen him in many places, counseling everywhere from military bases to grade schools. He is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of North Carolina.

About the Idea to Action Series

The Idea to Action Series enables United Brethren pastors, ministry staff, and laypersons to learn about and discuss practical ministry. The purpose is to:

  • Provide theologically informed ministry perspectives
  • Provide a consistent source of quality continuing education credits
  • Provide opportunities for Huntington University ministry students and alumni to interact with local and regional ministry practitioners
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