Hailing from Knoxville, Griffin is an ordained elder with the Holston Conference of United Methodist Church. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis, a master of psychiatric and mental health nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Atlanta, and a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Griffin practiced nursing for 35 years. She created a national healthcare consulting business for doctors’ offices and hospitals, consulting across the U.S., helping develop more effective methods and processes of caring for patients. She has also created and led national leadership/management workshops and retreats for hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Griffin’s current ministry is with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, named in memory of her daughter Elizabeth. The Foundation supports projects in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East by developing laboratory biosafety and biosecurity as well as occupational health for laboratories in hospitals, public health, and research facilities.
Griffin will speak at 9:15 a.m. on April 8 in the King University Memorial Chapel. The event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, call Dale Brown at (423) 652-4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.