Renee McKenzie Hayward, Treasurer

Board Member Bio

Rev. Dr. Renee McKenzie Hayward retired as the Vicar of the George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate located in Philadelphia PA within the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; she also served this congregation as well as Temple University as the Episcopal Chaplain. Rev. McKenzie received her PhD from Temple University with a concentration on Womanist Thought and the Philosophy of Religion. The Church of the Advocate sits at the center of a historically black community, adjacent to Temple University. As an established community hub offering a variety of social service programs, the Advocate is a central place for the community to organize for social justice. Generational and sudden trauma extracts a great toll on this community. Rev. McKenzie’s work there develop a Trauma Informed Ministry to understand the human cost of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and was informed by Womanist and Liberation Theologies. It enhanced the Advocate’s work by organizing the ministry under a framework of healing trauma. Staff and congregational leaders better understood the manifestations of trauma, allowing the traumatized to heal via a holistic approach to wellness addressing the needs of the mind, body and spirit.