Karen earned a B.A. in exercise physiology from University of California, Berkeley. Karen has extensive experience training and coaching clients using her exercise physiology, nutrition, and wellness coaching certifications. She was led to Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her M.Div. (2004), by the need she felt for a spiritual component in training clients that would allow them to achieve greater health and wholeness in their lives.
Karen is an ordained PC(USA) minister and has served congregations in multiple capacities, sharing her knowledge and practical experience in health ministry, spiritual formation, and gardening.
Karen received a D.Min. with a concentration in Christian Spirituality in May 2017 (Columbia Theological Seminary; Decatur, GA) and is currently serving as the executive director of HSHC.
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Travis came to Princeton Seminary, where he received his M.Div. (2004), intending to pursue an academic career. Through his seminary experiences, he began to see a vital need for the ministry of counseling to both parishioners and the community. He has served several congregations in multiple capacities, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain. He is an ordained PC(USA) minister, is licensed as a marriage and family counselor (LMFT) in the state of Georgia and Pennsylvania, and completed a Th.D. (Columbia Theological Seminary; Decatur, GA) in May 2022.
Travis is currently serving as an associate pastor at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church (Murrysville, PA) and also works with individuals in the counseling setting to assist them in finding ways to live into abundant life.
Travis often shares his story of how the stress of seminary and his first call as an ordained pastor brought with them significant weight gain, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This motivated him to not only significantly improve his own health habits, but also to incorporate what he has learned along his own personal health journey in his pastoral calling.
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Amanda recently graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree. She also has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Amanda loves words and while at CTS served as a writing coach for students. Amanda’s passions are the intersections of nature with spirituality and hiking with mental health and addiction recovery. She is pursuing training in forest therapy and will soon relocate to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.
Ella graduated from Converse University in 2020 with a BFA in Creative and Professional Writing. She currently works as a teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina and is continuing her own education by pursuing a graduate degree. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, video games, embroidery, and spending time with family and friends (and her cat!).
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Suzanne has an extensive background in marketing and product management, where she developed innovative programs and creative messaging for the consumer products and technology industries. She has an M.T.S. in Ethics and an M.A.P.T. in Pastoral Care from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. These days, she works with non-profits and small businesses to develop a strategic vision and goals and create effective communication with their audiences. As a practical theologian, she writes about the journey of reflection and action and learning to love God, self, and neighbor on her blog, On the Journey.
Anna Grace Claunch
Anna Grace recently completed a Pastoral Resident at Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham, New York and is now serving as Associate Pastor at Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Larchmont, New York. She graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and is on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). While she enjoys every aspect of ministry, she feels called towards pastoral care and grief counseling. She is especially passionate about mental health and suicide awareness and enjoys running and spending time outdoors.
Anna Grace Glaize
Anna Grace graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy in 2018. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in May of 2021. She now works for the Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation doing research and marketing for their Women in the Bible project. Her interests include pop culture and theology, podcasts, and food adventures.
Nathan earned his PhD at the University of Memphis School of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Science and his MS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His research interests include health promotion and obesity/chronic disease prevention. He primarily is interested in faith-based health promotion and partnering with faith communities to better understand the health needs of churches as well as their faith leaders.
Lucas Waweru Mburu
Lucas hails from Kenya, Africa. Lucas is 43 years old, a husband to Eunice, and father to Grace and Timothy. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ serving with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa – Kenya. He earned an M.A.T.S. from Columbia Theological Seminary in spring 2021 and began a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University in fall 2021.
Lucas loves and trusts Jesus Christ as his savior, where he draws his life philosophy: “Seeking to discern God’s will to do good to all people as he can, in as many ways as he can, at all times as he can, in as many places he can, and as often as he can.”
Montisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Aquinas College, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Education from Central Michigan University. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary. Montisa is a native of Detroit (MI), an avid reader of Black women’s history, strives to live a healthy lifestyle, adores old-school music, completes the occasional 5K and is learning how to take the MARTA without getting lost! To learn more about her, click here.