Phaedra D. Blocker

Director of the Center for Community Care, Formation, & Vitality at Palmer Theological Seminary; Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation and Assistant Director of Openseminary

McInnis 221

"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 growth as leaders. I want them to become ‘whole persons’ who know what it is to ‘do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.’”

Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker has a passion for empowering individuals and organizations (particularly clergy and churches) to move toward wholeness and actualize their potential. She currently serves as Director of the Center for Care, Formation, & Vitality at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, as well as an Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation and Assistant Director of Openseminary. Formerly Director of Programs for New Baptist Covenant, her ministry experience includes oversight of discipleship and pastoral care ministries, counseling, serving as an associate pastor for a congregation of 10,000-plus members, and as assistant pastor for a small Liberian congregation. She also has more than 30 years’ experience in management, community relations, communications and marketing, and program and organizational development. 

In addition to her earned degrees, she has done 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. Her professional affiliations include serving on the boards of the Transforming Center, in Wheaton, IL, which equips leaders to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities; the International Enneagram Association (IEA) Great Lakes Chapter, and Grace & Race Ministries, Inc., which provides racial reconciliation ministry, conflict resolution, leadership development and educational opportunities through churches, faith-based and community organizations. In addition, she is a member of Spiritual Directors International, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Inter-Seminary Initiative of Interfaith Philadelphia. 


DMin (Spiritual Transformation), Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
MDiv, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA (Communications), Temple University

Classes Taught

Spiritual Practices and the Growing Leader (DMin)

Nurturing Spiritual Life & Character I 

Leading and Managing for Organizational Health

Spiritual Formation in Congregations

Faith and Fiction

Spirituality in Social Justice

Theological Field Education

Faith, Reason, and Justice

Research Interests

Spiritual Transformation, Leadership, Social Justice