Rev. Jesse Johnson is program director of No Whispers at Christ United Methodist Church and serves on their congregational care team. Jesse is a pastor and ministry entrepreneur who is passionate about bringing awareness to the church and community on issues of mental illness. Jesse earned his M.Div from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a MBA from Eastern University. Jesse enjoys canoeing, bike-jouring and being outdoors. Jesse lives with his daughter, Genesis, black labrador, Cocoa and bearded dragon lizard, Petunia.
Elizabeth Shelly has graduate school hours in counseling at the University of Memphis and a BA from the University of Kentucky. Elizabeth has a special heart for women, children and the elderly. She has extensive leadership experience as a director and advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In addition to being an active member at Christ Church, Elizabeth leads and helps facilitate a number of No Whispers programs. She says: “I love working with No Whispers because I have experienced a time of brokenness and depression in my life and want to be there for others who may be experiencing the same. I believe in and am excited about what we are doing in the community and enjoy working beside all those who are part of the No Whispers program.”
Alane Miller holds a BS degree from The University of North Texas, Denton, and an MS degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, New York. She has practiced social work in both New York, and Memphis, with a focus in addiction treatment and mental health. Alane has been a member of Christ United Methodist Church for 8 years. She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for 21 years, and they have 13-year-old twins, Hattie Mae and James Axel. She has a passion for helping people feel connected to God and others during times of suffering, and also during times of joy.
Linda Headley has been married to her husband, Fred, for 25 years and an member of Christ United Methodist Church for over 27 years. Linda is active in a number of Church ministries including a women’s bible study and No Whispers. Although she officially retired 11 years ago, Linda volunteers her Mondays to help serve lunch to whoever walks in the door at Highland Heights Church. Many days it is over 100 people. Linda says: “I have been blessed to love on, pray with, feed and cook for my Monday friends for over eight years now. It is definitely the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done! I am so grateful for my church family and could not do without their help and His grace and mercy.” Linda has two children and four grandchildren.
Elizabeth A. Horner’s background includes guidance counselor and teacher of English at the high school and college level. She served on the Dyersburg City School Board and Dyersburg First United Methodist Church Council, both for 12 years. “Liz” and her husband Jim have resided in Memphis the past five years. During this time, they have been active members of Lamplighters Sunday School Class and CUMC.
Debbie Peck graduated Cum Laude from Memphis in 1980 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She continued her education at Memphis Law School and graduated in 1985 with JD. Debbie is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and Hawaii as well as a certified drug and alcohol counselor. In addition to her above-mentioned accomplishments, Debbie also has gifts in hospitality, organization and event planning which she brings to No Whispers. She and her husband Rusty have one daughter.