Christian Doctor’s Digest – February 2017

The relation between faith & health is examined with Dr. Tyler VanderWeele about his research findings of church attendance & better health outcomes. Then Bert Jones shares from a message he gave on Psalm 91 about abiding in the secret place. And Ellie Lafario comes to the microphone with wit & insight to discuss her book Leap of Faith.

Meet Our Guests

Tyler J. VanderWeele, MD

Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD

Individual Interview Location within the program: 1:50

Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. VanderWeele holds degrees from the University of Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. His research interests include perinatal, psychiatric and social epidemiology; epidemiologic methods; and the relationships between religion and health. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation, and he is the author of more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts along with his wife Elisabeth and their son Jonathan, and they attend St. Paul’s Church and the Church of the Advent.

Rev. Bert Jones

Rev. Burt L. Jones

Individual Interview Location: 24:40

Rev. Bert L. Jones serves as the Senior Pastor at Woodburn Missionary Church in Woodburn, Indiana. He previously served as the President and CEO of GO InterNational, as well as the Director of Leadership & Church Ministries at CMDA. Prior to working at CMDA, Bert planted Harvest Community Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and served as its Lead Pastor. Since 1988, Bert has led multiple mission teams nationally and internationally. He has traveled on five different continents and to 33 different countries to teach and preach the gospel. Bert co-authored Leadership Proverbs with Dr. David Stevens. He is a certified instructor for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and frequently teaches lessons regionally for the Perspectives movement. He graduated from Asbury University in 1989 with a degree in Bible. Bert and his wife Cheryl have been married since 1989 and have three children.

Ellie Lofaro

Ellie Lofaro

Individual Interview Location: 53:45

Ellie Lofaro is the founder of Heart Mind & Soul Ministries, and her message is a blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. A serious student of Scripture and an observer of culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind and nourishes the soul— thus inspiring her to establish Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. Ellie has committed her life to sharing the gospel. She previously served as a youth group leader, public high school English teacher, women’s ministry coordinator and Christian radio talk show host. She continues to be blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ through international speaking engagements, authoring books, appearing on radio and television and teaching a weekly non-denominational Bible Study. Ellie’s husband Frank is the CEO of Prison Fellowship International, and they have three children.

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