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Conversations in Wellbeing Webinar Series

The Conversations in Wellbeing series comes out of a passionate concern for the wellbeing of clergy and the people they serve. Join Professor Phil Helsel ONLINE as he talks with leading scholars about various ideas and practices to help pastors and church communities flourish.  

Seek wellbeing in conversation with us this fall! 

The Conversations in Wellbeing series is funded by a grant from the Spiritual Mind Body Institute at Columbia University, Teachers College with generous support from The John Templeton Foundation. Erica Knisely and Phil Helsel were awarded the grant in partnership with Ecumenical Center of San Antonio, Texas. All sessions are offered at no cost to participants.

Topics and Guests

Our Conversation Host

Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel, Associate Professor in the Nancy Taylor Williamson Distinguished Chair in Pastoral Care, joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2016. He previously served on the faculty of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he has been assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling since 2012. Helsel earned his PhD in pastoral theology and practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012. He also holds the MDiv in pastoral care and counseling from Princeton Theological Seminary (2004) and the BA, summa cum laude, in Bible and religion from Anderson University (2000). Helsel is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was parish associate for pastoral care at Freehold Presbyterian Church in Freehold, New Jersey.
Helsel is the author of Pastoral Care and Counseling- An Introduction (Paulist Press, 2019). He published his first book, Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology’s Marginalization: Resisting the Discourses of the Psy-Complex (Palgrave Macmillan, New Approaches to Religion & Power Series) in 2015 and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Our Producer

Rev. Erica Knisely (she/her) is a graduate of Austin Seminary and an ordained teaching elder in the PC(USA). She serves as Minister of Formation & Outreach for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas. At her core, Erica is a pastoral caregiver who considers it a great gift and a privilege to accompany people in times of crisis and transition. When she helped lead the lifelong learning department at Austin Seminary (2015-2023), Erica had the privilege of witnessing the triumphs and struggles of many pastors. Out of a passionate concern for the wellbeing of clergy and the people they serve, Erica collaborated with Phil Helsel to develop the Conversations in Wellbeing series. In addition to serving in local ministry, Erica provides group spiritual direction to clergy and offers consulting services in grant writing and in the design of transformative learning experiences. Erica is partner to Patrick and mama to Magnus. The three live in Pflugerville, Texas, with their cats, Moose and Monkey.