Mobilizing faith communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

We are committed to creating dementia friendly faith communities.

About Us

The FaithUnitedAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition is a diverse, interfaith national coalition of clergy, faith leaders, laity and faith-based organizations advocating for dementia friendly faith communities across the country and demanding action to stop Alzheimer's.

Faith Coalition members believe that living with value and purpose is a human right. To that end, we promote dignity, compassionate care, and quality of life for those living with dementia and their families, as we work together to stop Alzheimer’s.

Our communities are welcoming to those living with dementia and their families, and take steps to enable worship, support care partners, educate about dementia, and promote brain health.

The FaithUnitedAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition calls on industry leaders, community stakeholders and policymakers to work urgently to improve care for those living with this disease and their care partners, and fully fund research to find disease-modifying treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's.



  • Rev. Cynthia Abrams
    Director, Health and Wholeness
    United Methodist Church
    Washington, DC
  • Rev. Dauba Adams
    Providence United Methodist Church
    Monrovia, MD
  • Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin
    Jewish Sacred Aging Project
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Rev. Martin Ankrum
    Senior Pastor,
    First Presbyterian Church
    Greensburg, PA
  • Pastor Wesley Berkebile
    Center Hill Church of the Brethren
    Kittanning, PA
  • Rev. Leslie Boone
    Irwin, PA
  • Rev. Nicole Brodeur
    Associate Pastor,
    First Presbyterian Church
    Greensburg, PA
  • Bonnie Prisk Caripolti
    Juniper Village at Forest Hills
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rev. Don Carlin
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Rev. Marie Carpenter
    Director of Eldercare Ministries,
    American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
    Exeter, RI
  • Rev. Ada Criscione
    Universal Life Church Ministry
    Edgewater, NJ
  • Mike Curren
    St. Augustine's Parish
    Andover, MA
  • Deacon Drew DeCrease
    Hospice Chaplain,
    Senior Independence
    North Huntingdon, PA
  • Rev. Dr. Lisa Dormire
    Director of Fund Development,
    Redstone Highlands
    Greensburg, PA
  • Dr. Darrell J. Gaskin
    Deputy Director,
    Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities
    Baltimore, MD
  • Rabbi Steven M. Glazer, DHL, DD (hon.)
    Glazer Consulting
    Rockville, MD
  • Rev. Nancy H. Hardin
    Mercy McAuley Center, Mercy Memorial Hospital
    Urbana, OH
  • Pastor John Heller
    Director of Spiritual Care,
    Lutheran Care Center at Concord Village
    Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Rev. Bobbie Hinline
    Redstone Highlands
    Greensburg, PA
  • Rabbi Shimon Hirschhorn, FIPA, MS, MA
    Director of Religious Services,
    The Hebrew Home of Riverdale
    New York, NY
  • Rev. Richard W. Krug
    St. John's Lutheran Church
    North Versailles, PA
  • Lois Lutz
    Former Director,
    Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rev. Brian McCaffrey
    Clinton, NY
  • Rev. Scott R. McCormick
    Retired Methodist Clergy
    Uniontown, PA
  • Rabbi James Michaels, DMin, BCC
    Rockville, MD
  • Dr. John C. Morgan
    Ethics Professor, (ret.)
    Albright College
    Reading, PA
  • Rev. Dr. Richard L. Morgan
    Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitator,
    Redstone Highlands and Irwin Community Center
    North Huntingdon, PA
  • Sister Mary Lou Palas
    Seton Hill Sisters of Charity
    Greensburg, PA
  • Rev. Bill Paul
    Former Pastor & Director of Missions, Pittsburgh Presbytery
    Cranberry, PA
  • Rabbi Joseph Polak
    Director Emeritus,
    The Florence Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
    Boston, MA
  • George Schaefer
    Society of Friends
    Arch Street Friends Meeting
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Anna Sever
    North Huntingdon, PA
  • Rev. Becca Siddle
    Redstone Highlands
    Murrysville, PA
  • Brenda Sobota
    Director of Volunteers,
    Redstone Highlands
    Greensburg, PA
  • Barb Stephens, MPH
    Co-facilitator, AD Suport Group
    Redstone Highlands
    Irwin, PA
  • Rev. Sharon Stewart
    Crafton Presbyterian Church
    Crafton, PA
  • Max Wallack
    Student, Harvard Medical School
    Founder, Puzzles to Remember
    Natick, MA
  • Rev. Ken White
    Associate Pastor for Missions,
    Southminster Presbyterian Church
    Pittsburgh, PA


  • Rabbi Esther Adler
    Mount Zion Temple
    St. Paul, MN
  • Rev. Dr. Jade C. Angelica, MDiv, DMin
    Founder and Director,
    Healing Moments
    Dubuque, IA
  • Rev. Thomas Brackbill
    First Presbyterian Church of Alma
    Alma, MI
  • Chaplain Rebecca Ebb-Speese
    Director of Pastoral Care,
    Maple Creek
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Richard L. Haid, PhD, PCC
    Adult Mentor,
    Hamilton, OH
  • Christopher Henderson-Johns
    Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Nicole Henderson-Johns
    Batavia Faith United Methodist Church
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt
    Chicago Theological Seminary
    Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Darrick Jackson
    Minister; Educator and Treasurer,
    Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregration; Healing Moments
    Grayslake, IL
  • Rabbi Cary Kozberg, MAHL, DD, BCC
    Founder and CEO,
    Side-by-Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years
    Columbus, OH
  • Rev. James Ludwick
    Pastor/Hospice Chaplain,
    Otterbeing Senior Living Community
    Lebanon, OH
  • Rev. John T. McFadden
    Appleton Health Care Center
    Appleton, WI
  • Susan H. McFadden, PhD
    Research consultant; Professor Emerita,
    Fox Valley Memory Project; University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
    Appleton, WI
  • Dr. Howard C. Morgan
    Chicago, IL
  • Ann Napoletan
    USAgainstAlzheimer’s Facebook Community
    Columbus, OH
  • Rev. Katie Norris
    Executive Director,
    Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health
    Rocky River, OH
  • Pastor Curtiss Seefeldt
    Director of Church Relations,
    The Lutheran Home Association
    Belle Plain, MN
  • Anne Simpson
    St. Paul, MN


  • Rev. Judith Anna
    Holston Clergy, Retired
    The United Methodist Church
    Maryville, TN
  • Rabbi Jeremy Barras
    Temple Beth El of Fort Myers
    Fort Myers, FL
  • Rev. A.D. Baxter, MSSW
    Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice
    Knoxville, TN
  • Rev. Brenda Carroll
    Chattanooga District, Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Rev. Kim Wingo Chafee
    Sentara Hospice
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Rev. Donna Coffman
    Caring Spirit
    Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Rev. Dr. Reginald J. Corfield
    Anglican Priest,
    Diocese of South Carollina
    Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Deborah D. Danner, PhD
    Assistant Professor,
    University of Kentucky, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
    Lexington, KY
  • J. Norfleete Day, PhD
    Associate Professor Emeritus,
    Beeson Divinity School
    Birmingham, AL
  • Robin Dill
    Founder, Grace Arbor,
    Our Congregational Respite Program of First United Methodist Church
    Lawrenceville, GA
  • Rev. Dr. Donovan Drake
    Pastor/Head of Staff,
    Westminster Presbyterian
    Nashville, TN
  • Rev. Dr. S. Miram Dunson
    Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
    Commerce, GA
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Durham
    Pastor (ret.)
    First Presbyterian Church Tuscaloosa
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Rev. Steve Eason
    Senior Minister,
    Myers Park Presbyterian Church
    Charlotte, NC
  • Rev. Dr. James Ellor
    Professor of Social Work,
    Baylor University School of Social Work
    Waco, TX
  • Bishop David Epps
    Diocese of the Mid-South
    Sharpsburg, GA
  • Lynda Everman
    Founder, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s
    Founder, ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s
    Alzheimer’s Semipostal Advocate
    Birmingham, AL
  • Pastor Bobby Fields
    Mt. Olive Baptist Church
    Program Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
    Knoxville, TN
  • Rev. James A. Garrison, MDiv, MA
    Staff Chaplain, Dept. of Pastoral Care,
    Mission Hospitals, Inc.
    Asheville, NC
  • Rev. Dr. Michael Gemignani, PhD, JD
    Episcopal Priest,
    League City, TX
  • Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
    Retired United Methodist Clergy
    Gallatin, TN
  • Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ
    Faith Community Baptist Church
    Richmond, VA
  • Rev. Ron Grant, DMin
    Pentecostal Holiness Church
    Moore, OK
  • Rev. Dr. James D. Hager, OCD, OSL, BCC, BCCC
    Father Superior,
    The Goshen Community
    Greenwood, SC
  • Rev. Dr. James Howell
    Senior Pastor,
    Myers Park United Methodist Church
    Charlotte, NC
  • Father James Hubbard
    St. Mark's Episcopal Church
    Clifford, VA
  • Rabbi Douglas J. Kohn
    Temple Emanu El
    Birmingham, AL
  • Dr. Benjamin T. Mast, PhD
    Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences,
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY
  • Chaplain T.J. McGiffert, MDiv, BCC
    Memory Care Chaplain,
    Appleton Health Care Center
    Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. John M. Mulder, PhD
    Minister for Stewardship,
    Second Presbyterian Church
    Louisville, KY
  • Chaplain Jo Nichols
    Maryville, TN
  • Nell E. Noonan, DMin
    Durham, NC
  • Rev. James P. Oberle, SS, PhD, STL
    Spiritual Director; Professor,
    Holy Trinity Seminary
    Irving, TX
  • Robin Pippin
    Former Managing Editor,
    Upper Room Books
    Nashville, TN
  • Rev. Linn Possell
    Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ
    Orlando, FL
  • Daniel C. Potts, M.D., FAAN
    Founder and President,
    Cognitive Dynamics Foundation
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Rev. Amy Rollins Probst
    First Farragut United Methodist Church
    Knoxville, TN
  • Rev. Dr. William B. Randolph
    Longwood Presbyterian Senior Care
    Oakmont, PA
  • Rev. Stephen Sapp
    Senior Professor of Religious Studies,
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
  • Rev. David Seymour
    Evangelical Church
    Newberry, SC
  • Rev. Barbara Shefelton, MDiv, BCC
    Mary Immaculate Hospital
    Newport News, VA
  • Rev. Dr. Marvin Simmers
    Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network and Association of Retired Ministers, Spouses, or Survivors of the Presbyterian Church, USA
    Avondale, GA
  • Rev. Dr. Harry C. Simmons, PhD
    Professor Emeritus of Religion and Aging,
    Union Presbyterian Seminary
    Richmond, VA
  • Rev. Dr. Wesley F. Stevens
    Holly Hall Retirement Community
    Houston, TX
  • Jane Marie Thibault, PhD
    Clinical Gerontologist,
    Prospect, KY
  • Bishop Philip E.P. Weeks
    The Charismatic Episcopal Church
    Lynchburg, VA
  • Rev. Désirée Youngblood
    Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
    Paris, KY


  • Mobed Maneck Bhujwala
    Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council
    Huntington Beach, CA
  • Chaplain Richard Brandt, MDiv
    Grief/Share Ministry
    Saddleback Church
    Anaheim, CA
  • Rita Bresnahan, MSW, PhD
    Seattle, WA
  • Rabbi Susan Conforti
    Manager, Spiritual Care/Chaplaincy Services,
    Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
    Grass Valley, CA
  • Cordula Dick-Muehlke, PhD
    Consultant in Aging and Dementia,
    Cordula Cares
    Orange County, CA
  • Pastor Paige Eaves
    Assistant District Director,
    California-Pacific Conference
    The United Methodist Church
    La Mirada, CA
  • Rev. Nancy Gordon, MDiv
    California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging
    Anaheim, CA
  • Kirti K. Khalsa
    Chief Operating Officer,
    Alzheimer's Research& Prevention Foundation
    Tucson, AZ
  • Maria Khani
    Senior Chaplain,
    Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Rev. Donald R. Koepke, M.Div., BCC
    Publications Editor,
    Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging, the American Society on Aging
    Cerritos, CA
  • Rabbi Michael Lerner
    Tikkun Magazine
    Berkeley, CA
  • Rev. Maggie Smith
    Gateway Ministry
    Felton, CA
  • Marshall Stanek
    Founder, Memory Guides,
    Organizer of San Diego Memory Cafes & National Memory Cafe Conference
    San Diego, CA
  • Collin Tong
    Stringer; New York Times
    Reporter, Crosscut News
    Seattle, WA

Affiliations are for identification purposes only and do not necessarily represent the endorsement of the affiliated institution.

Creating Dementia Friendly Faith Communities

Fostering spiritual connection and meaningful engagement for those living with dementia and support for families, as we work together to stop Alzheimer’s disease.


Dementia-Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities

A product of Faith United Against Alzheimer's, this handbook by 45 different authors represents diverse faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Native American. It provides practical help in developing services and creating dementia friendly faith communities.

Latest Updates

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