2020 HMA National Conference

Save the Date!

September 13-15, 2020

One Voice, One Vision: Wisdom for Healthier Communities

Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center
Techny, IL (Chicagoland)

Announcing the call for poster presentations for the
2020 HMA Conference Hall of Excellence

We invite you to share an outstanding & ministry that has impacted the community your you serve.
This year’s conference, One Voice, One Vision: Sharing Wisdom for Healthier Communities of Faith
provides an excellent theme to help get your creative juices flowing!

Click here for the Call-for-Poster-Submission 2020 flyer
and here for the Hall of Excellence: Poster Submission Form

Conference Overview

Wisdom is seeing and understanding life as a whole. Wisdom is gained through experience, acquisition of knowledge and honing the ability to apply that knowledge with good judgement. When professions and communities share wisdom, this ideally results in a common vision. That common vision fosters the development of a unified voice. The ministry of creating healthier communities is an ongoing process in which we are continually growing in wisdom. Sharing that wisdom provides the  inspiration, guidance and tools to encourage and sustain faith leaders, faith community nurses and lay health ministers in fostering body, mind and spirit health..

Conference Purpose

The purpose of this conference is to is to enable participants to foster a unified voice and work toward improving whole person care within our communities.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide a national forum for faith and health practitioners to gain wisdom with regard to innovative and creative methods of enhancing the health of congregations and communities.
  • Learn how physical and psychosocial challenges across the lifespan impact motivation, health seeking behavior and the ability of individuals to gain wisdom with regard to the integration of faith and health.
  • Explore how the qualities of forgiveness, compassion, resilience and acceptance contribute to the growth of spiritual wisdom and holistic health in communities.


You are invited to join us at Techny Towers, a historic retreat center on Chicagoland’s north shore.  Techny provides an inviting and idyllic setting to convene for learning, reflecting and sharing. The peaceful environment is perfect for meditation, serene outdoor walks, group discussions and more, minus the busy distraction of technology. Bring a good book and a clear mind, and enjoy this beautiful place to reflect, renew and connect.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Frederick Buechner

Check back for more information on our 2020 Conference. In the meantime, please see the 2019 Conference content below, and photos on the Gallery page.

2019 HMA National Conference


Faith-Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities

— 30th Anniversary —

Was held

Oct. 11 – 14, 2019
St. Elizabeth Training and
Education Center
3861 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY


Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Annual Conference Program! Click here for the Program.
Photographs and more information about the 2020 Conference will be posted very soon!
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in 2020.


Purpose/ObjectivePre-ConferenceKeynote Speakers


Statement of Purpose/Objectives

  • Engage individuals nationwide who practice at the intersection of faith and health.
  • Examine whole person health as a dynamic process that embodies integration of spiritual, physical, mental and social dimensions.
  • Discuss approaches and impact of collaborative partnerships that are key to building healthier communities.

Pre-Conference Offerings

Pre-Conference A: Creating a Good PITCH – Leaving Your Audience Wanting More – Shane Meeker
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am – 3:15 pm

Join us for a session on how to create a powerful ‘elevator pitch’ for your work or ideas. When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your mission is, it transcends boundaries and opens doors. Stories have the power to move us to take action.

Do you know what the most powerful part of your story is, how to share it and leave the audience wanting more? If you are approaching a funder, presenting an idea to church leadership or a board of directors, you need to be able to effectively share the passion and power of your story to engage them.

Storytelling in our work is just like storytelling in film, theatre, literature and communication –it is an integral part of our lives. Shane will cover some fascinating techniques that can be used for any situation, in a fun mix of information and hands-on practice.

Read more about Shane Meeker on the Keynote Presenters tab.

Pre-Conference B: Creating Sanctuary: Challenges Facing LGBT Youth – Andy Buechel, PhD
Friday, October 11, 2019: 8:00 am – 12:15 pm

Today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has unique risks and needs from the health care community. All health care providers, those with religious affiliations and those without, interact with LGBT patients and need to know the challenges they face. During this pre-conference session Andy will provide participants information on the following key points:

  • Basic ways to help you better communicate with LGBT patients
  • Learn the health risks that are common to the LGBT community and their causes
  • Understand how health care professionals can help mitigate these risks

After completing his doctorate in Theological Studies at Emory University, Andy was an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and Xavier University. His area of research was the LGBT experience and what insights it could bring to Christian theology. Since then, Andy has joined Safe and Supported, a program of Lighthouse Youth and Family services in Cincinnati, to work to end LGBT youth homelessness and family rejection.

Pre-Conference C: Mindfulness: A Practice to Rekindle Your Flame – Kim Lauch, , E200RYT, 500RYT, RCYT, YACEP, AADP
Friday, October 11, 2019: 12:15 pm – 4:15 pm

What is mindfulness? In this workshop the definition unfolds as you begin to cultivate awareness through holistic practices. You will learn how to maintain a mindful state. In stressful situations, you can be fully present, aware of where you are, what you are doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. It’s time to wake up to the inner workings of your mental, emotional, and physical processes to gain self-understanding and mindfully respond.

Kim Lauch is a corporate, group, family, school, and personal board certified holistic wellness provider with a passion for cultivating her client’s mind-body-spirit awareness through the practices of IAYT Sattva Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness, Mindful Communication, and Holistic Nutrition Coaching.

She is the Founder of RELAZENSHIPS whose mission is, “Through holistic practices we foster and cultivate mindful relationships with one’s self, family, work, community, and nature.” All RELAZENSHIPS programs are certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Kim was called to the practice of mindfulness and yoga in 1999 while earning her Bachelor of Science in Economics and began her mind-body wellness facilitator journey in 2005. She has studied with many practitioners such as yogi masters, mindfulness educators, doctors, and psychotherapists, to medical neuroscience professors and monks from around the world. She has helped many adults and children lessen their suffering from a diagnosed illness or disease or structural imbalance, as well as those in recovery. She has also conducted training on being more efficient in the workplace and at home through mindful communication. Kim leads retreats all around the globe, as well as workshops, trainings, groups, and private sessions. Her passion is to serve selflessly those in need.

Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to announce our 2019 Keynote speakers!

From a nationally recognized author, an NFL chaplain, to company historian and corporate storyteller, a Police officer and security expert on the front lines working to improve safety in congregations, attendees will enjoy a variety of approaches to our conference theme – Faith Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities! Here is a bit of information on each of them. Stay tuned as more details will follow.

LaMorris Crawford, BS, MS – Saturday, October 12th
Born on the south side of Chicago, LaMorris Crawford was only ten months old when his mother was shot to death at the young age of seventeen; to this day he still has no idea who his father is. Growing up without parents, in poverty and a city of violence, LaMorris found his own way of survival through gangs, drugs, popularity, and basketball. Although he was a popular athlete, this attention could not fill the void in his life. When LaMorris was nineteen years old he had an encounter with Jesus Christ that changed him forever. Christ completely changed the course of his life.

The first in his family to attend college, LaMorris earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Today, LaMorris and his wife Megan have four beautiful children, and they serve as the team chaplains to the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a passion for preaching, communicating clearly and effectively the Word of God by sharing with others how God can also do an incredible work in their lives.

Shane Meeker – Saturday, October 12th
An industrial designer with a love of movies, Shane Meeker went on to become the company historian and corporate storyteller for the largest consumer products company in the world, Procter & Gamble. His two great passions merged when he began to connect what worked in his favorite movies and how to tell better business stories. In fact, he often tells groups that almost every business problem can be solved with what works in Star Wars.

Shane has been sharing his content around the world for over 12 years and does keynotes and workshops for the world’s biggest companies and brands, including: Walt Disney, Ford, P&G, American Express, Exxon Mobil, US Bank and Nationwide just to name a few.   Shane also just published his first book on the subject called StoryMythos: A Movie Guide To Better Business Stories. It was recently rated a #1 New Release Best Seller in Business Writing and Skills. 

Kay Francis, MBA, BS, CSP – Saturday, October 12th

Motivational Humorist, Kay Frances, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Health and Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years.

Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”

When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People”. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”

Dana Trent, M.Div – Sunday, October 13th
The Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College. An ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, her work has been featured on Time.com, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, as well as in Sojourners and The Christian Century. Her fourth book, Dessert First: Beginning with the End in Mind (September 2019) chronicles lessons on life and death from the bedsides of the dying, including her mother—who served as a psychiatric and public health nurse for over 30 years.

Dana is also the award-winning author of books on wholistic wellness and multi-faith spiritual practices: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation; For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, and Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. She is a certified group fitness instructor and teaches for the YMCA. She and her husband, Fred, are long-time vegetarians and live in Raleigh, N.C. with their orange tabby cat.

Glen Evans, BA, EMT-B – Monday, October 14th
When he graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1993, Glen set out on a course to serve and protect people through a career in law enforcement. Wanting to do more, he became a firefighter and an EMT a few years later and currently serves a local community near Dayton, Ohio. While serving as a SWAT officer, he observed how effective training could mean the difference between life and death.
After the terrorist attacks in 2001, he realized how people perform in a dangerous and stressful environment is dependent upon the quality of the training they received prior to the event.  Having the right knowledge and skill can be the difference between living and dying. Armed with this knowledge, Glen developed personal safety and self-defense seminars for people interested in protecting their families.

In 2008, he co-founded the Church Security Alliance and authored Church Security Basics.  He currently travels throughout the United States training church safety and security teams in violence prevention and response techniques.

If you would like to view photos from the 2018 Conference, visit our 2018 Conference Photos page.

2019 Conference Sponsors!

Major Sponsor:

“Hall of Excellence” Poster Presentation Sponsored by:

Award Sponsors:

~ Marilyn Harris – Ronnette Sailors ~





General Sponsors:

~ Dr. & Mrs. Don Welsh ~