Dr. Michael O. Minor
The “Southern pastor who banned fried chicken in his church.”
Dr. Michael O. Minor is a local, regional, and national champion of faith-based health and wellness mobilization. He is best known as the “Southern pastor who banned fried chicken in his church.” As a community organizer for over 20 years, Dr. Minor has worked on community empowerment, non- profit business development, and faith community issues. He currently serves as the undershepherd of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, president of the Mid-South Churches Cooperative Conference State Convention, chair of the National Faith-Based Mobilization Network (Faith MoNet), and the National Director for the H.O.P.E. Health and Human Services Partnership of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated (NBCUSA) – the nation’s largest African American religious denomination. A published researcher, he provides advisory services for several local, regional, and national faith-based health and wellness initiatives. A national voice for the promotion of faith and health, Dr. Minor has generated extensive international multi-media coverage including the New York Times, Reuters News Service, Buenos Aires Herald, German Public TV ARD, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Southern Remedy TV Broadcast, ABC-TV, NBC News, and Fox News. In February 2012, he was featured in Guideposts Magazine. Cooking Light Magazine selected Dr. Minor as one of 20 national food heroes in its November 2012 issue. In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now (2015) listed Dr. Minor as one of the new generation of civil rights leaders in the area of health equity. Click here to download the complete bio.
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