Experiencing hopefulness amidst life's expectation

Hosted by Samford University’s Congregational Health Ministry Program with the Center for Faith and Health, the 2017 EXHALE Conference focuses on how to sustain joy in the midst of trials.

July 28-29, 2017
Samford University's College of Health Sciences
Building 1, 1222

This two-day conference offers programs on self-care and sustaining joy and features dynamic speakers.


  • $50 for continuing education credit
  • $25 for laity
  • $10 for students


Brian Pitts, M.Div.

Minister to Students, Spiritual Formation, Samford University's Office of Spiritual Life

Gary W. Yarbrough, M.Div., D.Min., BCAPC

Director of Pastoral Care at Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Pilar Murphy, Pharm.D., BCACP

Assistant Professor, Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Bob Willis

Southern Baptist minister, author, counselor and sculptor

Cristy Daffron, D.N.P., RN

Advanced Practice Nurse/Nurse Educator, Jefferson State Community College, Pell City Campus and Samford University

Kevin Blackwell

Assistant to the President for Church Relations and Executive Director for the Ministry Training Institute at Samford University.


Friday, July 28

5:30 p.m., Registration & Meet and Greet

6:30–8 p.m., "Your Story of Hope" with Brian Pitts

Saturday, July 29

8–8:30 a.m., Registration

8:30–8:45 a.m., Welcome by Nena F. Sanders, vice provost of the College of Health Sciences

8:45–9 a.m., Praise and Worship with Pilar Murphy

9–10 a.m., Opening Speaker, Pilar Murphy

10–10:15 a.m., Break

10:15–11:15 a.m., Speaker, Cristy Daffron

11:15–12:15 p.m., Lunch and personal time

12:15–1:15 p.m., Speaker, Gary Yarbrough 

1:15–2:15 p.m., Speaker, Bob Willis

2:15–2:30 p.m., Break

2:30–3:30 p.m., Keynote Speaker, Kevin Blackwell

3:30–3:45 p.m., Thank you and evaluations

Hotel Accommodations

Ask for the special EXHALE Conference rate at the following hotels located near Samford University.

Hampton Inn, I-65/Lakeshore Drive

30 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35209