Spiritual and mental health is the focus on Friday’s Equipped! First, we visit Italy to learn how COVID-19 is actually strengthening the church there. Then Dr. Sabrina Black helps us process our own grief and sorrow over the suffering, death and lost opportunities during this time of crisis. We will join together in prayer and hope on this edition of Equipped!
Dr. Leonardo De Chirico is a writer, speaker, professor, and church planter. He planted and pastored an Evangelical church in Ferrara (northern Italy) from 1997 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been involved in a church planting project in Rome and is now pastor of the Breccia di Roma church there. Additionally, Leonardo is the Director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and he leads the Rome Scholars Network (RSN). He earned degrees in History (University of Bologna), Theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and Bioethics (University of Padova). His Ph.D. is from King’s College (London)
Dr. Sabrina Black is an International speaker and author. She is the Clinical Director of Abundant Life Counseling Center in Detroit, Michigan and has provided hope, help and healing for individuals, families and groups for over 25 years. Dr. Black has served on several video-based training projects with American Association of Christian Counselors including the new: Race and Reconciliation, Grief and Loss, and Domestic Violence. Many people also know her from her work with the highly acclaimed DivorceCare and GriefShare video-based training program. Dr. Black is the founder of Global Projects for Hope, Help and Healing a non-profit 501c3 Missions Agency that has served on 5 of the 7 continents. Sabrina is a global humanitarian and a modern day abolitionist in the fight against Human Trafficking.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.