Alicia Patterson, Assistant Professor at AdventHealth University, is the lead professor for the Jesus and Contemporary Society and Issues in Grieving and Loss courses as well as Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines and Women of the Bible. Previously she was an adjunct religion professor at Southern Adventist University and has also served as a pastor, church planter, and life coach. Professor Patterson earned her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Tennessee in 1990 and her M.A. in Religion at Andrews University in 2001. She recently helped develop a program for grieving young adults at New Hope for Kids here in Orlando. Her research interests include the relationship between grief and compassion in the healthcare professional and the impact of time spent in nature on those grieving. Professor Patterson is the wife of a local pastor and the mother of three sons and one daughter. She is passionate about communicating God's Word to people of all ages and igniting a desire to be in the Word for themselves.