Assistant Director of the Openseminary MTS
Affiliate in Leadership & Formation
DMin (Spiritual Transformation): Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
MDiv: Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA (Communication): Temple University
"The world needs Christian leaders who are spiritually and emotionally healthy; 'gifts' are important, but they are not enough for sustainable, effective ministry. I am deeply committed to helping our students answer the Spirit's call into a journey of spiritual transformation, and engaging them as they learn to integrate their personal transformation with their professional growth as ministry leaders."
Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker is the founder and principal of Word&Wisdom, a ministry whose mission is to empower individuals and organizations to move toward wholeness and realize their potential. Through Word&Wisdom, she provides spiritual companioning, retreat facilitation, life coaching, counseling, leadership development, and ministry/organizational consulting.
An ordained minister of the Gospel, Dr. Blocker's ministry and professional experience has been rich and diverse. Formerly an associate pastor for a congregation of over 10,000 members, her experience includes oversight of pastoral care and discipleship ministries, counseling, leadership development and training, women's ministry, drama ministry, and music ministry. She also has more than 25 years experience in manageent, community relations, communications and marketing design, fund development, event planning, program and organizational development, and training. Currently, she serves as Assistant Pastor at the Eternal Life Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
In addition to her earned degrees, Dr. Blocker has completed clinical training in marriage and family therapy at the Council for Relationships, and coursework in Public Administration at the Fels Center for Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Transforming Church Network, an "affiliation of churches and church leaders committed to becoming communities of spiritual transformation that discern and do the will of God." She is also co-founder of Daughters of Thunder, a collaborative effort that supports, nurtures, and empowers female clergy of color.