The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce the official agenda for “Spiritual Crossroads: Faith, Mental Health and the African American Community,” featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Robert Gilmore, a recent winner of Faces & Voices of Recovery’s 2012 Vernon Johnson award.

The award honors outstanding individuals in long-term addiction recovery that have become allies for future generations striving for sobriety. The honor reflects Rev. Dr. Gilmore’s dedication to community-based support networks, a key objective of the Spiritual Crossroads conference.

On May 15-16, 2012, Rev. Dr. Gilmore, alongside other keynote speakers, will present to faith leaders and congregants, mental health consumers, and other social service providers at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas to explore the value of connecting faith, mental health and community resources.

On day one, there will also be a dynamic consumer panel including Jinneh Dyson, executive director of NAMI Metropolitan-Houston; Pastor AJ Quinton of Diakonos Ministries, and Tracee Black-Fall, executive director or Tova’s Nest. The panelists will share their personal stories of recovery and wellness.

Other keynote speakers are Dr. Matthew Stanford, presenting on day one of the conference, and Pastor Dr. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, Rev. Dr. Micah McCreary and Rev. Dr. Michael Torres, presenting on day two.

Speakers were chosen for their prominence in the African American community, their faith-based background and their ability to bridge the gap between community and mental wellness.

Conference registration is free and includes a complimentary breakfast, a networking reception and continuing education units. Space is limited and online registration is required.

The registration deadline has been extended and now closes on May 4, 2012 or upon reaching capacity (400). A waiting list will be developed if necessary.