About Church Health Reader

Since its founding in 2008, Church Health Reader has grown from a start-up website to an award-winning print and online publication. Published by Church Health in Memphis, Tennessee, Church Health Reader encourages and equips people of faith to create and sustain Christian ministries of health, healing and wholeness.


The mission of Church Health is to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits. In support of that mission, Church Health Reader publishes inspirational and innovative resources drawn from knowledgeable sources, and offers practical ways to create happier, healthier communities.

Church Health Reader is a ministry of Church Health in Memphis, Tennessee, and is supported by paid subscriptions and donations.

Church Health Reader is…


We believe that Christians, churches and congregations are agents of change, so we highlight the meaningful ministries common within many faith communities.


We feature new ideas because we know health ministry comes about by many exciting methods.


We see faith and health as a burgeoning field, so we draw ideas from talented scholars in fields like medicine, religion and public health, and are active participants in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.


We recognize ourselves in people like you, so we design Church Health Reader to encourage you to apply ideas and make your community a healthier place.

Our Team

Rachel Thompson Davis


Rachel is editor for Church Health Reader and director of healthy ministry resourcing, overseeing the production and distribution of our resources and publications. Rachel joined the Church Health Reader team at its launch in 2008 and has previously served as managing editor and online editor. A graduate of Rhodes College, Rachel attends First Presbyterian Church in Nashville where she serves as a volunteer youth leader and hosts a Bible study for young adults in her home.

Lizy Heard

Marketing Manager

Lizy is the marketing manager for Church Health Reader. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and joined the team in 2010 as a Fellow from Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Lizy is committed to urban ministry and serves with the Orange Mound Outreach Ministries in Memphis. She enjoys traveling and watching baby videos of her niece and nephew.

Susan Martins Miller

Managing Editor

Susan is managing editor for Church Health Reader and the writing and editing coordinator at Church Health. She has been a publishing professional for 30 years as an author, editor, collaborative writer and writing coach. Her body of work includes fiction, non-fiction, and spiritual formation resources for use in congregational settings. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and they have two twenty-something children.

Website Design

Jacob Fentress
Guerilla Labs, LLC
Nashville, Tennessee