Clergy Leadership Conference to feature authors


Gary Gunderson and Larry Pray, who together wrote Leading Causes of Life, will be the featured presenters at the 2008 Clergy Leadership Conference for the Mississippi Conference.

The event is scheduled for Jan. 28-30 at Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven.

Gunderson is senior vice president of Health and Welfare Ministries at Methodist Le Bonheur in Memphis and is a leading voices in the field of health and  faith. He is an author, minister and professor. He teaches at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, the University of Cape Town and four theological schools.

Pray approaches his work on the leading causes of life from a pastoral perspective, with a special emphasis on rural congregations. Ordained in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church, he serves a church in Joliet, Mont., and consults with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings. He is also the senior pastoral scholar for Methodist Le Bonheur. His mission travel has taken Pray to Romania, Russia and Paraguay.

Also providing leadership will be Teresa Cutts, Joe Ranager and John Wilcher of the Methodist Healthcare Health & Welfare Ministries staff.

The theme for the event is “Do You Want to be Healed? An Invitation to Wellness.” Cost of the event is $110. Clergy receive two continuing education credits for full participation. For information or to register online, visit or call 601-974-1488.

The Clergy Leadership Conference is one of the annual continuing education opportunities offered by the Board of Ministry of the Mississippi Conference and the Center for Ministry. It is supported by participant fees and a gift from the W.D. and Inez Myers Trust.