Rev. Dr. Phaedra Blocker

Director of Programs

Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker has a passion for empowering individuals and organizations (particularly clergy and churches) to move toward wholeness and actualize their potential in Christ. She has worked with non-profit and for-profit organizations both locally and nationally, and has more than 25 years of experience in management, community relations, communications and marketing design, fund development, event planning, program and organizational development, and training.

An ordained minister of the Gospel, Phaedra has served the Kingdom of God in various capacities and contexts, both lay and clergy, large and small. She has served as an associate pastor for a congregation of over 10,000 members, and as an assistant pastor of a small faith community comprised primarily of believers who immigrated from Liberia; she was the first African American member of the congregation. In addition, her ministry experience includes oversight of Christian education and pastoral care ministries, counseling, leadership development and training, women’s ministry, drama ministry, evangelism and outreach ministries, and music ministry.

A graduate of Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Phaedra has also earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Transformation at Northern Theological Seminary. She has also completed graduate level course work in Government Administration at the Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has done clinical training in marriage and family therapy at the Council for Relationships (a COAMFTE accredited program). She is an Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.

Phaedra is a member of the Transforming Church Network, a community of churches and leaders who affirm that spiritual transformation is central to the Gospel and therefore, central to the mission of the church. Her other professional affiliations include Spiritual Directors International, and Daughters of Thunder, a collaborative effort that supports, nurtures, and empowers female clergy of color. She is the recipient of citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the City of Philadelphia for service “to the faith and business communities,” as well as a Legion of Honor Award from the Chaplain of the Four Chaplains, for “…service to community, nation, or humanity without regard to race, religion or creed.”

Email Dr. Phaedra Blocker at pblocker@newbaptistcovenant.org.

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