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Methodist Healthcare Foundation Annual Report 2017

COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY Pastor Charlie Caswell embraces City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland at his congregation in Raleigh-Frayser following the 2017 summer storm. Methodist is Proud to be a Partner in Pastor Charlie Caswell’s “Seven Ps” In December 2017, in recognition of his Pastoral leadership and commitment to his community, Pastor Charlie Caswell was honored by Methodist Healthcare’s Congregational Health Network as Visionary of the Year. “It was truly a blessing to be honored among my peers - especially as a new pastor. It was really amazing,” he shared. Pastor Caswell’s childhood experiences defined the work he does. “Growing up in North Memphis in the projects, I saw a lot of events that really transformed my life and the work that I do today. From seeing my best friend killed in front of me to being robbed at gunpoint, these experiences led me to where I am now,” he shared. Married to his wife Teresa for over 11 years, father to six children ages six to 21, and Associate Outreach Pastor of The House Church of Memphis, Pastor Caswell has dedicated his life to helping young people and their families overcome obstacles - instead of letting the obstacles define them. He shared, “Finding Christ and giving my life over to God really helped me understand the things I went through as a child.” When he was invited to serve as Pastor of his first congregation, Union Grove Baptist Church in 2015, Pastor Caswell made it clear his calling was to the community, “God has showed me that if the community is not well, the church is not well.” That calling has resulted in his innovative approach to community development and outreach. “God birthed in me and my Pastor, mentor, and spiritual father, Apostle Ricky Floyd, a vision to build up the community by connecting with what we call the ‘Seven Ps’: Pastors, Police, Politicians, Parents, Principals, Proprietors and Partners,” Pastor Caswell explained. “From our experience working with the ‘Seven Ps’ in our community, I wrote a book, How to Become More Visible, Vocal, and Valuable to Your Community, that focuses on how to communicate, collaborate and connect with others in your community,” he said. “Just like how the Congregational Health team works within churches to improve people’s health by directing them to resources and care, I see the need for navigation like that in a lot of other areas.” By working with the “Seven Ps”, Pastor Caswell, pastors, community leaders and stakeholder are creating a holistic model to break the cycle of poverty and to prevent adverse childhood experiences. 4 I METHODIST HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2017


Methodist Healthcare Foundation Annual Report 2017
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