BACK TO SPEAKERS  |  BACK TO AGENDA

Michael O. Minor, EdD
Conference Speaker


Dr. Michael O. Minor is a local, regional, and national champion of faith-based health and wellness mobilization. He is best known as the “Southern pastor who banned fried chicken in his church.” As a community organizer for over 20 years, Dr. Minor has worked on community empowerment, non- profit business development, and faith community issues. He currently serves as the undershepherd of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, president of the Mid-South Churches Cooperative Conference State Convention, co-chair of the National Faith-Based Mobilization Network (Faith MoNet), and the National Director of the H.O.P.E. Health and Human Services Partnership of the National Baptist Convention, USA, (NBCUSA) Incorporated – the nation’s largest African American religious denomination. A published researcher, he provides advisory services for several local, regional, and national health related initiatives including the Multi-State Plan Program Advisory Board in the National Healthcare Operations - Healthcare and Insurance Division, U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the American Heart Association National Advocacy Committee.

A national voice for the promotion of faith and health, Dr. Minor has generated extensive international multi-media coverage including the New York Times, Reuters News Service, Buenos Aires Herald, German Public TV ARD, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Southern Remedy TV Broadcast, ABC-TV, NBC News, and Fox News. In February 2012, he was featured in Guideposts Magazine. Cooking Light Magazine selected Dr. Minor as one of 20 national food heroes in its November 2012 issue. In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now (2015) listed Dr. Minor as one of America’s new generation of civil rights leaders in the area of health equity.

Dr. Minor has honed his efforts through his nearly 20 years’ as the director of education and training for the Rising Sun Usher Federation/H.O.P.E. Ministry editing a comprehensive congregational usher and health and wellness ministries guide centered around the concept of wholeness. Championing the initiation and networking of health and wellness ministries in houses of worship across the country, Dr. Minor vigorously promotes the use of trained health ambassadors to lead these ministries. These efforts have expanded nationally including his work with the NBCUSA, Faith MoNet, and tri-regional faith and community health summits in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Evidence of the success of his mobilization efforts have come through his work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. During the First Lady’s visit to Mississippi in February 2010, Dr. Minor participated in the launch of this effort. Dr. Minor has received White House invitations to attend several events celebrating the success of Let’s Move! including the December 2011 national convening, the second year anniversary celebration in Orlando in February 2012, and the third year anniversary in March 2013 in Washington, DC. He continues to work with various federal agencies and national health and wellness advocacy organizations in support of faith-based outreach and sustainable lifestyle changes. Since 2013, HHS awarded his church and state-wide collaborative nearly $1.6 million in Affordable Care Act Navigator Grant funding, one of only two awards for the State of Mississippi.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University, Dr. Minor earned masters’ degrees in business administration and real estate development and a doctorate degree in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis. Committed to staying current in the field of faith-based health and wellness mobilization, Dr. Minor is active in professional and personal development. He is an associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix – Memphis Campus and continues to conduct primary research on the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching techniques for adult learners. Married to the former Lottie Bennett, Dr. Minor has three wonderful daughters – Bethany, NyKiya, and NyTasha and a darling granddaughter - Akira.

Email: michael@michaelominor.com
Website: www.michaelominor.com



 


 

 

BACK TO SPEAKERS  |  BACK TO AGENDA

 

HOME  |  CONFERENCE INFO  |  ABOUT NUSA  |  ABOUT MEMPHIS  |  CONFERENCE AGENDA  |  CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
REGISTRATION  |  EXHIBITORS & VENDORS  |  BECOME A SPONSOR  |  RESOURCE & LINKS
A TASTE OF MEMPHIS AT TIGER LANE  |  NEWSLETTER  |  CONTACT US