Health Disparities

Ministering To the Afflicted

Health disparities have long existed in all societies, and have become all the more prevalent and obvious in the context of COVID-19.  We will discuss how churches can take practical steps to minister to this need.

Meet Our Presenters

Dr. David Williams, PhD, MPH, MDiv

Dr. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.  Previously, he served 6 years on the faculty of Yale University and 14 at the University of Michigan.  He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences on health, and also serves as an Honorary Associate Health Ministries Director of the General Conference.

Dr. Peter Landless, M.B., BCH., M.MED., FCP (SA), FACC, FASNC

Dr. Peter Landless is the Executive Director of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (ICPA), and Director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.  He is originally from South Africa, where he was in academic and private practice as a clinical cardiologist with a special interest in nuclear cardiology.  He was also actively involved in pastoral work and is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The first eleven years of practice were spent in a mission program, which included obtaining a specialty in family medicine.  During this time, two congregations were planted and church buildings completed.  While specializing in internal medicine and cardiology, he was the associate pastor/pastor of a local congregation.  He is privileged to have had a distinguished military and academic career, and a blessed, blended ministry involvement in the Lord’s vineyard.  He is married to Ros, who is an organic chemist and now works as a software engineer.  They have two daughters Bronwen, a music therapist, and Jill, who is an occupational therapist.

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