About CCCW

Our Vision

“Empowered Clergy, Empowered Congregations, Empowered Communities”


Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Clergy & Congregational Wellness (CCCW) is to empower ministry leaders to facilitate health and wholeness in themselves, their ministry contexts, and their adjacent communities.


What We Do

CCCW provides a holistic, coordinated approach to support and nurture the spiritual and emotional health of ministry leaders, and to assist them in developing and implementing ways to engender that health in their congregations and other vocational contexts. The Center also provides skill-based organizational/ministry development consulting to assist congregations and ministries in creating a sustainable, thriving capacity to implement adaptive, community-focused ministries in the ever-changing social and cultural contexts in which they live.

Our Services & Resources Include:

About the Founder & President

Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker is a preacher, teacher, consultant, spiritual director and retreat leader, and singer. Founder and Principal of The Blocker Group, LLC, she is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations (particularly clergy and congregations) to move toward wholeness and actualize their potential as agents of change and shalom in the world. She is also the Founder and President of the Center for Clergy & Congregational Wellness, a nonprofit organization that empowers ministry leaders to facilitate health and wholeness in themselves, their ministry contexts, and their adjacent communities. In addition, she serves as Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, where she teaches in the Seminary’s Masters and Doctoral programs, as well as in the University's Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral program. She also serves as a Visiting Professor at Northern Theological Seminary. Her 20-plus years of pastoral ministry experience includes serving both large and small congregations, and she has more than 30 years’ experience in program and organizational development, management, community relations, communications and marketing. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Temple University, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Transformation from Northern Theological Seminary and has done clinical training in marriage and family therapy at the Council for Relationships.


Dr. Blocker’s most recent professional affiliations have included serving on the boards of the Transforming Center, in Wheaton, IL, which equips leaders to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities; Grace & Race Ministries, Inc., which provides racial reconciliation ministry, conflict resolution, leadership development and educational opportunities; and Black Faith Rising, a collaborative of Black congregations and leaders seeking committed to being agents of change for justice and liberation. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Spiritual Caregivers Network of American Baptist Home Mission Society, Spiritual Directors of Color Network, and the Steering Committee for the Inter-Seminary Initiative of Interfaith Philadelphia. A guiding verse for her life is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”