Pastor Therman E. Evans, MD, PhD and First Lady Bernetta Evans
Dr. Therman E. Evans is the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center, Inc. and Founder/CEO of WholeLife Associates, Inc., a management consultancy company.
As the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center (MSCCC), he has brought the message of “wholeness” in mind, body, and spirit to the dynamic, growing membership and ministries of the MSCCC congregation (see Pastor’s Corner). Likewise, he has established healing through outreach services that positively increase self-reliance, health, and well-being to families and individuals.
Dr. Evans received his BS and MD credentials from Howard University. He earned a PhD in Theological Studies from the United Christian College in New York City. He has served on the clinical faculty of Howard University, is a member of the Commission on Continued Vitality at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, and is a visiting Regent’s Scholar and Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego.
His corporate background experience includes serving as the former Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of CIGNA Corporation, one of the largest healthcare companies in America. At CIGNA, Dr. Evans was a founding member of the Corporate Diversity Committee. In addition, he conceived, planned, developed, and implemented a wellness program now known to be one of the best corporate programs.
Known as “Mr. Inspiration,” he is one of the most exciting and dynamic motivational presenters internationally recognized. He has trained and lectured across the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin and South Americas. The lectures Dr. Evans present address wellness, including physical fitness, nutrition, diversity, stress management, education, dealing with change, and spirituality. Subsequently, he has been the keynote speaker and seminar leader for a large range of businesses, colleges, universities, churches, fraternal organizations, state/federal departments, and other groups such as The NY Giants, The NY Jets, Carolina Panthers, The Cleveland Browns, The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Denver Bronchos and the Buffalo Bills.
Dr. Evans has served as an active member on the Board of Directors for The Wellness Council of America, the National Association of Health Service Executives, and the Washington, D.C. Board of Education. In addition, he has published over 30 articles in various health journals and newspapers, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of National Medicine Association, The Los Angeles Times, Health Quest, Ebony Magazine, Washington Post and Black Collegian Magazine. Dr. Evans is also the author of 4 exciting books, “What Are the Leading Causes of Life? A Prescription for Living at Your Highest and Best,’’
“How to Keep People From Getting On Your Last Nerve: A Prescription for Managing Stress,” “What In Hell Do You Want? A Prescription for the Spiritual Strength to Live Heaven on Earth,” and “From Purpose to Promise Driven Life: A Prescription for Making the Difference You Were Born to Make;” 5 booklets called “Prescriptions,” the co-author of two books: “Lighten Up” and “Staying Strong” and for 10 years hosted a 2-hour radio segment called “LIFELINE” on WHAT and WHUR in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Evans is the recipient of several honors, recognitions, and awards including three honorary doctorate degrees from Rust College in Mississippi, Bethune Cookman College in Florida, and Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. In 2003, he was appointed to the faculty of Howard University College of Medicine. He received the Distinguished Service Award as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2003 by Howard University College of Medicine and the 2003 Living Legend Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the National Medical Society. He has been recognized by several cities with keys and/or days named in his honor. Likewise, he was nominated by his alma mater, Howard University, to receive the Year 2000 Distinguished Alumni Citation, an honor bestowed on only 200 of the one million graduates of historically black colleges and universities. In June 2005, Dr. Evans gave the opening prayer for the United States Senate and in 2007 he was recognized, and was recorded in the Congressional records in Washington, D.C. as a paradigm of community service and dedication by the US House of Representatives. Furthermore, he is installed as a Chief of the Village of Senya Beraku in Ghana, West Africa.
Dr. Evans is married to the lovely Bernetta Jones. They have two sons, Therman, Jr., and Clayton Ennis, one daughter-in-law, Monica and two grandchildren, Taylor and Mitchell.