Faith & Sports Forum

Faith & Sports Forum

April 29, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm (CDT)

Athletes, coaches, and others in the sports world are taught to be physically and mentally tough. Where does mental health fit into that picture? And how should Christians approach the subject of mental health? Join Dr. Monique Marsh-Bell, Dr. John Swinton, and the FSI team for an important conversation at the intersection of faith, sports, and mental health.

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Monique Marsh-Bell, PsyD

Assistant AD for Mental Health Services
Baylor University

Monique Marsh-Bell

Dr. Monique Marsh-Bell has focused her clinical and advocacy work on the prevention, education, and treatment of mental health issues with vulnerable populations and with people who underutilize mental health services. She earned a BS in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College, as well as an MS and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Since 2018, she has served as the Assistant AD for Mental Health Services with Baylor Athletics. In her current role she provides mental health resources to student-athletes in the form of individual therapy, mental health education, crisis intervention, and referral services. She also provides mental health education to Baylor’s athletic department.

John Swinton, PhD, RMN, RNMD

Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen

John Swinton

Dr. John Swinton worked as a registered mental health nurse for sixteen years, as well as a mental health hospital chaplain. His background in nursing, ministry, and healthcare chaplaincy laid the foundation for his teaching and research in practical theology, pastoral care, counseling, mental health studies, disability theology, healthcare ethics, and nursing.

Dr. Swinton currently serves as Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies for King’s College and is an honorary professor in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing at the University of Aberdeen. He founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability, as well as the Centre for Ministry Studies, a joint project between Christ’s College and the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Swinton has authored several books on the intersection of theology, spirituality, mental health, and the human condition, most recently Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of People with Mental Health Challenges (Eerdmans). He is also an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland.


Watch the June 2020 Forum conversations here.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary