Michelle Just, President and CEO at Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, was recently consecrated as a Diakonal Minister by the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM) of the United Church of Christ. The designation was bestowed upon Just after she completed a year-long leadership program focusing on connecting professional excellence with faith-based purpose. The consecration ceremony was held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley on December 10. This year, 11 leaders from across the country were consecrated as Diakonal Ministers.
The curriculum for this distinction is administered by the CHHSM Nollau Leadership Institute, a Cleveland-based organization related to the United Church of Christ (UCC). Beatitudes Campus is a ministry of the United Church of Christ, and founded fifty years ago by Church of the Beatitudes.
CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute is a yearlong program that creates opportunities for small groups of leaders to gather in person and online to learn and mentor one another as they explore how to lead faith-based health and human services organizations. Participants come together with a variety of faith traditions and occupational backgrounds.
“I am honored to earn the designation of a Diakonal Minister,” says Michelle Just, president and CEO of Beatitudes Campus. “This program emphasizes the servant leadership that is the foundation of Beatitudes Campus.”
Six Beatitudes Campus staff members are Diakonal Ministers. Pictured left to right are: Tim King, network administrator; Peggy Mullan, president emeritus; Tara Bethell, vice president of human resources and risk management; Michelle Just, president and CEO; Karen Mitchell, director of nursing; and Cammy Clevenger, controller.