Taking Care Of Yourself Is Not A Luxury, It’s A Necessity

In this episode of the How To Plant A Healthy Church Podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Pierre shares about the necessity of taking care of ourselves through the trauma of COVID-19.

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Following her recent interview with Adam Russell on The Ferment Podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Pierre stops by to chat with our hosts Michael Gatlin and Liz Moore about the necessity of taking care of ourselves through the trauma the whole world is facing in the era of COVID-19. This is particularly important for pastors and others in careers focused on helping others.


About the Guest

Dr. Elizabeth Pierre

Dr. Elizabeth O. Pierre is an assistant professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Counseling Psychology at North Park University (Seminary and School of Professional Studies). She is also a licensed professional counselor. Her research interests are in the area of care for sexual violence survivors and how contextual factors such as race, culture, and gender impact the experience of trauma and recovery. She has worked as a counselor for women recovering from drug abuse and families going through the adoption process.

Elizabeth holds a PhD from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in pastoral theology. Her dissertation was on how atonement theology impacts the recovery of Christian Black Women who are survivors of sexual violence.

She also received her counseling training from Boston College and the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. She travels abroad to teach, to research, and to learn how to provide care in communities affected by violence. She is grateful to God for the many opportunities to see God’s gracious and loving hands at work during the arduous journey of healing.

Dr. Pierre also served as a pastor at Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, MA from 2002-2005.


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