Mobilizing faith communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

We are committed to creating dementia friendly faith communities.

About Us

The ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s Network and FaithUnitedAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition are diverse, interfaith national communities of clergy, other faith leaders, laity, and organizations advocating for dementia friendly faith communities across the country and demanding action to stop Alzheimer's. 

Clergy Network and Faith Coalition members believe that living with value and purpose is a human right. To that end, we promote dignity, compassionate care, and quality of life for those living with dementia and their families, as we work together to stop Alzheimer’s by 2020. The Clergy Network brings together faith leaders and people of faith, while the Faith Coalition includes faith- or denomination-based organizations and Alzheimer’s agencies working with community faith leaders.

Our communities are welcoming to those living with dementia and their families, and take steps to enable worship, support care partners, educate about dementia, and promote brain health.

Strategy

The ClergyAgainstAlzheimer's Network and FaithUnitedAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition call on industry leaders, community stakeholders, and policymakers to work urgently to improve care for those living with this disease and their care partners, and fully fund research to find disease-modifying treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's.

Leaders

Northeast

Rev. Cynthia Abrams
Director, Health and Wholeness
United Methodist Church
Washington, DC
Rev. Dauba Adams
Providence United Methodist Church
Monrovia, MD
Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin
Founder,
Jewish Sacred Aging Project
Cherry Hill, NJ
Rev. Martin Ankrum
Senior Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church
Greensburg, PA
Pastor Wesley Berkebile
Center Hill Church of the Brethren
Kittanning, PA
Rev. Leslie Boone
Volunteer,
Hospice
Irwin, PA
Rev. Nicole Brodeur
Associate Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church
Greensburg, PA
Bonnie Prisk Caripolti
Juniper Village at Forest Hills
Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Don Carlin
Chaplain,
Hospice
Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Marie Carpenter
Director of Eldercare Ministries,
American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
Exeter, RI
Rev. Ada Criscione
Universal Life Church Ministry
Edgewater, NJ
Mike Curren
Deacon,
St. Augustine's Parish
Andover, MA
Deacon Drew DeCrease
Hospice Chaplain,
Senior Independence
North Huntingdon, PA
Rev. Dr. Lisa Dormire
Director of Fund Development,
Redstone Highlands
Greensburg, PA
Dr. Darrell J. Gaskin
Deputy Director,
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities
Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Steven M. Glazer, DHL, DD (hon.)
Principal,
Glazer Consulting
Rockville, MD
Rev. Nancy H. Hardin
Chaplain,
Mercy McAuley Center, Mercy Memorial Hospital
Urbana, OH
Pastor John Heller
Director of Spiritual Care,
Lutheran Care Center at Concord Village
Poughkeepsie, NY
Rev. Bobbie Hinline
Chaplain,
Redstone Highlands
Greensburg, PA
Rabbi Shimon Hirschhorn, FIPA, MS, MA
Director of Religious Services,
The Hebrew Home of Riverdale
New York, NY
Rev. Richard W. Krug
Pastor,
St. John's Lutheran Church
North Versailles, PA
Lois Lutz
Former Director,
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter
Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Brian McCaffrey
Chaplain,
LutheranCare
Clinton, NY
Rev. Scott R. McCormick
Retired Methodist Clergy
Uniontown, PA
Rabbi James Michaels, DMin, BCC
Rockville, MD
Dr. John C. Morgan
Ethics Professor,
Albright College
Reading, PA
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Morgan
Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitator,
Redstone Highlands and Irwin Community Center
North Huntingdon, PA
Sister Mary Lou Palas
Seton Hill Sisters of Charity
Greensburg, PA
Rev. Bill Paul
Former Pastor & Director of Missions, Pittsburgh Presbytery
Cranberry, PA
Rabbi Joseph Polak
Director Emeritus,
The Florence Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
Boston, MA
George Schaefer
Society of Friends
Arch Street Friends Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
Anna Sever
North Huntingdon, PA
Rev. Becca Siddle
Chaplain,
Redstone Highlands
Murrysville, PA
Brenda Sobota
Director of Volunteers,
Redstone Highlands
Greensburg, PA
Barb Stephens, MPH
Co-facilitator, AD Suport Group
Redstone Highlands
Irwin, PA
Rev. Sharon Stewart
Pastor,
Crafton Presbyterian Church
Crafton, PA
Max Wallack
Research Intern,
Dept. of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University School of Medicine
Natick, MA
Rev. Ken White
Associate Pastor for Missions,
Southminster Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh, PA

Midwest

Rabbi Esther Adler
Mount Zion Temple
St. Paul, MN
Rev. Dr. Jade C. Angelica, MDiv, DMin
Founder and Director,
Healing Moments
Dubuque, IA
Rev. Thomas Brackbill
Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church of Alma
Alma, MI
Chaplain Rebecca Ebb-Speese
Director of Pastoral Care,
Maple Creek
Grand Rapids, MI
Richard L. Haid, PhD, PCC
Adult Mentor,
Hamilton, OH
Christopher Henderson-Johns
Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
Cincinnati, OH
Nicole Henderson-Johns
Batavia Faith United Methodist Church
Cincinnati, OH
Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt
President,
Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL
Rev. Darrick Jackson
Minister; Educator and Treasurer,
Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregration; Healing Moments
Grayslake, IL
Rabbi Cary Kozberg, MAHL, DD, BCC
Founder and CEO,
Side-by-Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years
Columbus, OH
Rev. James Ludwick
Pastor/Hospice Chaplain,
Otterbeing Senior Living Community
Lebanon, OH
Rev. John T. McFadden
Appleton Health Care Center
Appleton, WI
Susan H. McFadden, PhD
Research consultant; Professor Emerita,
Fox Valley Memory Project; University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
Appleton, WI
Dr. Howard C. Morgan
Chicago, IL
Ann Napoletan
Moderator,
USAgainstAlzheimer’s Facebook Community
Columbus, OH
Rev. Katie Norris
Executive Director,
Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health
Rocky River, OH
Pastor Curtiss Seefeldt
Director of Church Relations,
The Lutheran Home Association
Belle Plain, MN
Anne Simpson
St. Paul, MN

South

Rev. Judith Anna
Retired Holston Clergy,
The United Methodist Church
Springtown, TX
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Temple Beth El of Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Rev. A.D. Baxter, MSSW
Chaplain,
Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice
Knoxville, TN
Rev. Brenda Carroll
Superintendent,
Chattanooga District, Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church
Chattanooga, TN
Rev. Kim Wingo Chafee
Chaplain,
Sentara Hospice
Virginia Beach, VA
Rev. Donna Coffman
Founder,
Caring Spirit
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Rev. Dr. Reginald J. Corfield
Anglican Priest,
Diocese of South Carollina
Myrtle Beach, SC
Deborah D. Danner, PhD
Assistant Professor,
University of Kentucky, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Lexington, KY
J. Norfleete Day, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus,
Beeson Divinity School
Birmingham, AL
Robin Dill
Director of Grace Arbor,
Our Congregational Respite Program of First United Methodist Church
Lawrenceville, GA
Rev. Dr. Donovan Drake
Pastor/Head of Staff,
Westminster Presbyterian
Nashville, TN
Rev. Dr. S. Miram Dunson
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
Commerce, GA
Rev. Dr. Charles Durham
Pastor and Head of Staff,
First Presbyterian Church Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, AL
Rev. Steve Eason
Senior Minister,
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Charlotte, NC
Rev. Dr. James Ellor
Professor of Social Work,
Baylor University School of Social Work
Waco, TX
Bishop David Epps
Bishop,
Diocese of the Mid-South
Sharpsburg, GA
Pastor Bobby Fields
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Program Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
Knoxville, TN
Rev. James A. Garrison, MDiv, MA
Staff Chaplain, Dept. of Pastoral Care,
Mission Hospitals, Inc.
Asheville, NC
Rev. Dr. Michael Gemignani, PhD, JD
Episcopal Priest,
League City, TX
Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
Retired United Methodist Clergy
Gallatin, TN
Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ 
Pastor,
Faith Community Baptist Church
Richmond, VA
Rev. Ron Grant, DMin
Chaplain,
Pentecostal Holiness Church
Moore, OK
Rev. Dr. James D. Hager, OCD, OSL, BCC, BCCC
Father Superior,
The Goshen Community
Greenwood, SC
Rev. Dr. James Howell
Senior Pastor,
Myers Park United Methodist Church
Charlotte, NC
Father James Hubbard
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Clifford, VA
Dr. Benjamin T. Mast, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences,
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Chaplain T.J. McGiffert, MDiv, BCC
Memory Care Chaplain,
Appleton Health Care Center
Atlanta, GA
Dr. John M. Mulder, PhD
Minister for Stewardship,
Second Presbyterian Church
Louisville, KY
Chaplain Jo Nichols
Maryville, TN
Nell E. Noonan, DMin
Author
Durham, NC
Rev. James P. Oberle, SS, PhD, STL
Spiritual Director; Professor,
Holy Trinity Seminary
Irving, TX
Robin Pippin
Former Managing Editor,
Upper Room Books
Nashville, TN
Rev. Linn Possell
Consultant,
Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ
Orlando, FL
Daniel C. Potts, M.D., FAAN
Founder and President,
Cognitive Dynamics Foundation
Tuscaloosa, AL
Rev. Amy Rollins Probst
First Farragut United Methodist Church
Knoxville, TN
Rev. Dr. William B. Randolph
Director,
Office on Aging and Older Adult Ministry, at the General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church
Nashville, TN
Rev. Stephen Sapp
Senior Professor of Religious Studies,
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
Rev. David Seymour
Pastor,
Evangelical Church
Newberry, SC
Rev. Barbara Shefelton, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain,
Mary Immaculate Hospital
Newport News, VA
Rev. Dr. Marvin Simmers
Member,
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network and Association of Retired Ministers, Spouses, or Survivors of the Presbyterian Church, USA
Avondale, GA
Rev. Dr. Harry C. Simmons, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Religion and Aging,
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Richmond, VA
Rev. Dr. Wesley F. Stevens
Chaplain,
Holly Hall Retirement Community
Houston, TX
Jane Marie Thibault, PhD
Clinical Gerontologist,
Prospect, KY
Bishop Philip E.P. Weeks
Bishop,
The Charismatic Episcopal Church
Lynchburg, VA
Rev. Désirée Youngblood
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
Paris, KY

West

Mobed Maneck Bhujwala
Chair,
Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council
Huntington Beach, CA
Chaplain Richard Brandt, MDiv
Grief/Share Ministry
Saddleback Church
Anaheim, CA
Rita Bresnahan, MSW, PhD
Seattle, WA
Rabbi Susan Conforti
Manager, Spiritual Care/Chaplaincy Services,
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Grass Valley, CA
Cordula Dick-Muehlke, PhD
Consultant in Aging and Dementia,
Cordula Cares
Orange County, CA
Pastor Paige Eaves
University United Methodist Church
Irvine, CA
Lynda Everman
Convener, ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s Network
Board Member, Beating Alzheimer’s By Embracing Science
Irvine, CA
Rev. Nancy Gordon, MDiv
Director,
California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging
Anaheim, CA
Kirti K. Khalsa
Chief Operating Officer,
Alzheimer's Research& Prevention Foundation
Tucson, AZ
Maria Khani
Women's Committee Chair,
Islamic Institute of Orange County
Anaheim, CA
Rev. Donald R. Koepke, M.Div., BCC
Publications Editor,
Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging, the American Society on Aging
Cerritos, CA
Rabbi Douglas J. Kohn
Congregation Emanu El
Redlands, CA
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor
Tikkun Magazine
Berkeley, CA
Rev. Maggie Smith
Aromatherapist,
Gateway Ministry
Felton, CA
Marshall Stanek
Founder, Memory Guides,
Organizer of San Diego Memory Cafes & National Memory Cafe Conference
San Diego, CA
Collin Tong
Stringer; New York Times
Reporter, Crosscut News
Seattle, WA

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  • 5.7 million

    people are with living with Alzheimer's in the United States.

  • 15 million

    family members are serving as unpaid caregivers for a relative with Alzheimer's or another dementia in the United States.

  • 2 times

    Women are 2 times likelier than men to have Alzheimer’s.

  • 1.5–2 times

    Latinos are one and a half times more likely and older African Americans are nearly twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as non-Latino whites.

"I could not survive without my faith."

Greg O’Brien

Author, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

Join the Campaign

Faith leaders and communities nationwide are fostering spiritual connection and meaningful engagement for those living with dementia and supporting families, as they educate members about Alzheimer's and other dementias and advocate for a cure. 

For those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, caregivers, and society at large, Alzheimer’s and related dementias can be emotionally and financially ruinous.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias generate catastrophic healthcare, economic, and social impacts—and these impacts are rapidly growing.

Take action to support families and stop Alzheimer's.

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