WISE for Mental Health

The IKC supports the health and wholeness of churches and clergy

In 2020 at our Annual Gathering, the IKC voted to become the third WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged) for Mental Health Conference in the UCC. (Read the resolution here.) This team works to offer mental health support and educational resources, as well as to support congregations who are entering the WISE for Mental Health discernment process.

Click Here to Read the IKC WISE Covenant.

Rev. Dr. Chad R. Abbott

Conference Minister

United Church of Christ in Indiana and Kentucky


Sheronda Moore MSOT, OTR/L, LMHCA

Mental Health Educator – WISE Team Leader

United Church of Christ in Indiana and Kentucky


Rev. Dr. Monica Ouellete

Associate Conference Minister for Search, Call and Congregational Transitions

Indiana Kentucky Conference


Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, DMin, MSW, MDiv (she/her/hers)

Minister for Disabilities & Mental Health Justice,

Health & Wholeness Advocacy Team

United Church of Christ, National Ministries


Rev. Ann Houlette (she/her/hers)

Pastor Bethany United Church of Christ, Louisville, KY


Rev. Shannon Abbott

Pastor St. John’s United Church of Christ, Southport, Indiana

Rev. Paul S. Fraser

 Pastor, Zion United Church of Christ, Elberfeld, Indiana

Moderator, Lincolnland Association, Indiana-Kentucky Conference

Excellence in Ministry Facilitator, Clergy Communities of Practice


Letta Fraccaro MSW

Bethel UCC, Evansville, Indiana

The IKC has two dedicated staff to address issues of health and wholeness, particularly mental health.

As part of our commitment to mental health support and awareness for clergy and congregations, we employ Sheronda Moore as our mental health educator. Read more about Sheronda’s background on our Staff page. Sheronda provides support to the WISE Team, helps congregations to bring mental health awareness to their members, and offers other educational opportunities as they arise. Get in touch with Sheronda via email for more information and to discuss having her work with your congregation.

Email Sheronda Moore

Rev. Merlyn Lawrence, a member of the IKC staff, organizes and resources our Clergy Communities of Practice (CCOP). These support cohorts meet around clergy areas of interest, demographics, and geography. They meet regularly to provide encouragement and community. Groups such as these are known to improve clergy mental health and sustain them in their ministry. Learn more about Rev. Lawrence on our Staff page or email her for more information about CCOPs.

Email Rev. Lawrence
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