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, licensed as a marriage and family counselor (LMFT) in the state of Georgia, and has completed his Doctor of Theology dissertation (May 2022): Does It Have To Make You Sick? Preparing Seminarians For Greater Vocational Health as a part of a Th.D. program in pastoral counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary; Decatur, GA.
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.
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.
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Maggie graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT, in 2014 with majors in Public Health and Spanish & Latin American Studies. She has previously worked with Spanish-speaking, low-income, and asylum-seeking populations in a variety of positions focused on health, wellness, emergency care, and immigration justice. Maggie is a certified Medical Interpreter and trained in Conscious Discipline classroom management. Originally from “out west,” Maggie enjoys hiking and camping and has recently picked up gardening as a part of her personal sustainability and food justice practices.
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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 M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Memphis School of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research interests and specializations include health promotion and chronic disease prevention through proper self-care behaviors, particularly among Christian clergy and seminarians.
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.”
Paul Van Wyke
Paul has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbia, SC, for 40 years. He currently works on a limited basis. He has been an active participant in the life and worship of Forest Lake Presbyterian Church PC(USA) during those years.