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


Why Should You Care About Peripheral Artery Disease?

Avery Ince MD PhD
Vice President, Medical Affairs
Cardiovascular & Metabolism Franchise
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson
Full Bio



Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.



“Standing In The GAAP” Multiple Myeloma Awareness — A Discussion with a Multiple Myeloma Patient


Willis Steele, M. Div.
Director, Patient Advocacy
Worldwide Hematology
Bristol Myers Squibb
Full Bio


Robert Pew
Multiple Myeloma Patient
Full Bio




Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb




Understanding Genetic Kidney Disease and Its Impact on the Black Community: Insights into the APOL1 GeneGenetic Kidney Disease
Dr. Stacy Johnson (Vertex) 

Associate Medical Director, Clinical
Development, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Full Bio

Sponsored by Vertex


Boxed Lunch


Health Ministry Development

Breakout Workshops (Concurrent; Choose One at Registration)

Workshop 1
Developing Your Health Ministry

Maya Harris
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

Cary Goodman
Program Consultant
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





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


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

Please Note: You may visit our Exhibitors during Registration, Lunch, and Breaks.