Dr. Gary Gunderson is the Vice President for Faith and Health Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and a Partner with Values Partnerships. A Wake Forest University alumnus, Gunderson holds a master of divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, a doctor of ministry from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and an honorary doctor of divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary.
Dr. Gunderson is recognized as an expert in congregations and health. For the past seven years, he served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where he developed a new model of congregational health that became widely known as the Memphis Model.
Partnering with about 500 mostly African-American congregations, Methodist achieved measurable improvements in the health of patients in those congregations, including significantly increased longevity, lower mortality and a nearly 40 percent longer time before readmission.