Promoting Public Good and Wellness from the Perspective of a Midwestern Regional Baptist Church Community-led Research Engagement Partnership


  • Rebecca Johnson Independent Researcher, formerly Center for Community Health and Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Diana Ingram Department of Healthcare, American College of Education formerly Rush University Medical Center
  • Paris Davis Total Resource CDO and Pastors4PCOR, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church
  • Bishop Simon Gordon Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church



faith-based communities, shared decision-making, engagement, public good and wellness, full gospel, research ministry ambassadors, Pastors4PCOR


Faith-based communities supporting diverse and underserved communities are increasingly being recognized by researchers as community “anchor institutions” and equitable partners in research engagement. Research suggests that faith-based organizations (FBOs) can promote health and well-being within congregations and throughout communities. This evidence has energized community-academic partnerships to collaboratively support FBOs in plans to improve community wellbeing and health equity, particularly within communities of color. This paper describes the evolution of a community-academic collaboration led by a Full Gospel Midwest Regional Baptist Church where the co-partners professed a commitment to advancing the public good through collaborative governance and shared goal setting in the delivery of an engagement training program. Core features highlighted are: (1) establishing a Community Advisory Board; (2) developing a research engagement training program; and (3) analyses, results, and legacy. Extension of the church-led mission to lead research engagement connects leaders and communities to resources and scientific expertise in support of the data needs and aspirations of faith-based communities. As research-ready partners, faith-based communities have the capacity to function as localized anchors to drive urban health policy and to serve as advocates by being the “voice” in community-driven research engagement for “public good.”

Author Biographies

Diana Ingram, Department of Healthcare, American College of Education formerly Rush University Medical Center

Diana Ingram, PhD, MPH, Pastors4PCOR. Founding member of Pastors4PCOR Community Advisory Board. Co- Investigator Pastors4PCOR Eugene Washington Awards. 

Paris Davis, Total Resource CDO and Pastors4PCOR, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church

Paris Davis, PhD, MBA, Executive Director Total Resource CDO and Pastors4PCOR, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church,1415 West 104th Street, Chicago, IL 60643. Founder of Pastors4PCOR. Founding member of Pastors4PCOR Community Advisory Board. Principle Investigator for Pastors4PCOR Eugene Washington Awards. 



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