Reverend Cheryl T. Magrini, M.S.Ed., M.T.S., Ph.D., has served Chicago area United Methodist churches for over 30 years. Since 2005 her ministry has been with the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple including teaching biblical studies that connect faith to life and shepherding the congregation’s mental health task force.
In 2011, her family lost their son, Dan, to bipolar disorder at age 23. In 2018, Rev. Magrini, husband Pete, and their son John, established the Jdawg and TheDman Charitable Fund. The fund is named after the brothers’ nicknames for each other and is in memory of Dan, who has a memorial plaque in the public lobby of the Chicago Temple building, a reminder to treat all people with kindness and dignity. Her family’s mission is to bring hope to young adults living with a mental health condition and to support their families.
Dr. Magrini shares her personal story as a clergy person living with a mental health condition and her family’s loss wherever she can. She has shared her story with Erasing the Distance and has experienced first-hand the power of transforming true stories into documentary theatre.
Dr. Magrini is also the founder, former President, and current Advisor of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Chicago Loop Chapter and a former board member and past President of the national DBSA. In addition, she founded Woodland Spiritual Retreats in Woodstock, IL, specializing in spiritual renewal retreats for women in ministry. Her desire is for women who serve others to have a place for their own self-care surrounded by woods and wildlife.
In all her work, Magrini is committed to bringing an understanding of each individual as a whole person. She is eager to contribute her experience to further the vital mission of Erasing the Distance.
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