Rev. Dr. Maria Teresa Jones is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and serves as associate pastor and minister of Health and Wholeness for Wentz Memorial UCC in Winston Salem. Maria Teresa received her M. Div with certification in Spirituality, Religion, and Health Professions from WFU School of Divinity. Prior to attending WFU School of Divinity, Maria Teresa worked in the Finance and Accounting department of WFU Reynolda Campus and, is a retired classical ballet dancer, liturgical dance minister, and a veteran of the US Army. She is a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and currently serves as the Chaplain for Staff Support of Wake Forest Baptist medical center. In her role, she works with staff to provide spiritual support and grief counseling. In addition, she provides support and education around issues related to compassion fatigue, burnout, and moral distress with emphasis on self-care and emotional resiliency. Maria Teresa is the mother of three adult daughters; Nina, Melissa, and Jessica.
Dr. Sharon Schulze graduated with a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in December 2016 after working for 25 years in science, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education. Her work in STEM education was focused primarily on securing resources and support for students and teachers who are underrepresented in STEM fields. That concern for marginalized populations has been magnified as she seeks to understand how communities hold together to support people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Sharon is also an avid weaver and delights in working in an art form that is all straight lines and right angles. Currently serving a year-long pastoral internship at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC, Sharon is listening carefully to learn where the spirit will send her next.