In episode four, host Lynn Patterson speaks with mental health leaders Renee Dillard, Neelley Hicks, and Jaha Martin about mental health and ministry. Click below to listen to the episode and explore mental health resources for ministry.

Episode 4 Transcript

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Episode Four Guests

Renee Dillard


Renee Dillard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (licensed in TN, AR, and MS), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). A native Memphian, Renee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Memphis State University, Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Tennessee, and her Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is an Ordained Minister in the United Methodist Church and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Ministry in Faith and Health/Pastoral Therapy.

Renee has experience in behavioral health, ministry, grief and loss, nonprofit leadership, and community based social work. She is passionate about promoting healing and hope for individuals, families, and our community. Renee loves time with her family, meaningful conversations, getting lost in a good book, and exploring nature through a long walk on a beautiful day.

Neelley Hicks


Neelley Hicks, Executive Director of Harper Hill Global (HHG), is committed to improving the world by combining her gift of communications with her passion for empowering leaders. By training and equipping people of faith to lead small groups in trauma recovery and wellness, Hicks is bringing hope to people who may have no other place to turn. The cornerstones of HHG are Triumph Over Trauma and Hearts United
for Health. These programs are rooted in evidence-based practices and are creatively designed for use across numerous faith contexts.

Neelley is a deacon at Glencliff United Methodist Church, a mission church rooted in mercy and justice ministries for Nashville. Her passion for building appropriate, affordable, and accessible solutions for emerging nations has led to speaking engagements at the United Nations InfoPoverty World Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and New York and teaching opportunities throughout Africa, Haiti, and the Philippines. An ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, Hicks holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Belhaven College.

Jaha Martin


Jaha Martin is licensed mental health provider and a lay member at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church. She uses a range of treatment techniques in her practice, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT). Jaha is an advocate for social justice who is passionate about dismantling systems of oppression and she offers culturally relevant therapy and coaching.