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In The Round Clergy Conversations: Sustainable Strategies for Self-Care

November 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The NBTS Center for Clergy Care presents
In The Round Clergy Conversations

Sustainable Strategies for Self-Care

Let’s spend time together working unapologetically to be healthier, happier and holier. May we hold each other accountable to be the best you possible. Discuss new possibilities and opportunities to improve the quality of your life.

Among friends and colleague let’s share what makes for healthy clergy, holy congregations, and holistic communities. Come talk about the negative impact of toxic people and unhealthy practices. Caregivers, professionals and experts are present to committed to share their insights on self-care for clergy.


Jeff Gardere, Ph.D.
“America’s Psychologist”
Pastor Arthur “Superman” Barnes
Co-Founder & Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Transformation Seventh Day Sanctified (ALTSDS) Church in Brooklyn, NY
Reverend Maria Crompton
Pastor, Elmwood Presbyterian Church, East Orange, New Jersey


Rev. Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr., SCP, NCPsyA
Vice President of Community Relations, Director of the Center for Clergy Care, & Associate Professor of Practical Theology, New Brunswick, Theological Seminary



Schedule for the day: 

Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
Program from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Resource Tables

We will have resource tables in the lobby with information that will enhance your ministry and offer you care:

  1. NBTS
  2. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Internal Affairs, Bias Community Outreach
  3. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  4. SIDS Center of New Jersey
  5. American Red Cross


About our panelists:

Arthur R. Barnes is affectionately known as Pastor Arthur Superman Barnes because he is the people’s champion. He has been a champion in the Fight for $15 Campaign, Ban-the-Box, to end child sexual abuse and immigration discrimination, to tear down barriers to prison re-entry, and a relentless health and wellness advocate. Pastor Barnes is Tri-vocational as a Real Estate Agent for Keller Williams NYC and an award-winning multi-state licensed financial coach. Ordained as Seventh-day Adventist Pastor and born in Brooklyn, NY, Pastor Barnes is a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He has been in ministry for 26 years. 

He conducts revivals, seminars, biblical teleconferences, bible study classes, health and wellness empowerment classes, and trainings on financial education, money management, better credit solutions and debt elimination. Pastor Barnes is the Co-Founder & Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Transformation Seventh Day Sanctified (ALTSDS) Church in Brooklyn, NY, where he and his wife the Rev. Dr. Yvette Wilson-Barnes is also Co-Founder and Executive Pastor.  


Reverend Maria Crompton first felt the call of God on her life at the age of 12. At a Wednesday night service at her home church in Westwood, NJ, a guest minister called Reverend Crompton to the altar and boldly proclaimed: “God is going to use you.” As a Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Liturgical Dancer, Youth Advocate and former Case Manager for the Division of Child Protection & Permanency, Reverend Crompton lives her life being used by God. 

Reverend Crompton received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and English from Drew University and the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

As a result of her passion for youth and commitment to engaging, equipping and empowering the next generation, Rev. Crompton has had the privilege of serving as the Minister for Children, Youth and Families at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City as well as the Pastor for Youth at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Irvington, NJ. 

Rev. Crompton’s passion for ministry transcends the church as she feels called to empower people not only spiritually, but socially and emotionally as well. As a Case Manager, Rev. Crompton counseled women and girls who had experienced various forms of abuse and for seven years, Rev Crompton was a Family Service Specialist working with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. 

Rev. Crompton holds dual ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as the Pastor of Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange, NJ.   Reverend Crompton is married to Andre Crompton and they have two children, Nilah Marie and Andre Joshua.   Reverend Crompton does not take credit for anything that she has done. She believes that like Esther, God has placed her in this position for such a time as this! 


Dr. Jeff Gardere is one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health. In addition to having a private practice in Manhattan, he is an Associate Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Jeff is also an ordained Interfaith Minister with a Doctorate in Divinity from The New Seminary.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, is also a prolific author of four books and a contributing author of a half-dozen books including the brand-new text, “The Causes of Autism”.

In addition to being a respected academician, Dr. Jeff has been a contributor to the FOX network, the Today Show, MSNBC, and CNN.  Dr. Jeff was the host of VH1’s Dad Camp, and recently was the psychologist on The Housewives of Atlanta. He is also the aftercare coordinator and psychologist for Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.




November 12, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am



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