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Church Health Center celebrates 25 years

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(WMC-TV) - Celebrating 25 years of helping to heal the community's working poor, the Church Health Center put its faith on display with a conference dedicated to faith community nursing.

Hundreds of people from all over the country and as far away as the Philippines are learning how to become better faith community nurses, by making sure their church members get healthy.

Jan Earlenbaugh-Gaddis made the trip from Indianapolis.

"Knowing that church is bigger than our congregation, that it's broader, it's about the joy, it's about hope, it's about healing, it's about bring people into whole health," said Earlenbaugh.

One of the high points of the Church Health Conference is the Friday night banquet featuring key note speaker, Ambassador Andrew Young.

Young shared his memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 45 years after King's assassination, and how faith and healing go hand in hand.

"The best healers are healers who understand that mind, body and spirit go together," said Young.

But Young is preaching to the choir.

It is a message Church Health Center founder, Dr. Scott Morris has been sharing with Memphis for decades.

"The workshops, the speakers, are all about trying to help us professionally, but also personally advance this whole idea of what does faith and health look like," said Morris.

With such a storied political career, people often forget that Ambassador Young is also an ordained minister.

The Church Health Conference runs through Sunday.

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