Saving Our Communities: Drug Education Conference for Pastors

Saving Our Communities: Drug Education Conference for Pastors

March 4, 2015 - 9:00am - 2:30pm

Helping Pastors and the Local Church to be equipped to reach people in need.

Sponsored by the Ohio Christian University Department of Psychology and the School of Business and Government in cooperation with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Drug abuse and addiction is a mushrooming problem in the Nation and our State. It impacts people in all walks of life and all levels of society and economic standing. There is one entity that is uniquely positioned to reach into all of these levels to bring light and healing. That is the Church.

The drug epidemic is all around us, even in the best of families. This video gives a glimpse at the heartbreak and heartache of losing a child to heroin. This is "Marin's Story: The Battle Against Heroin."

Ohio Christian University and the Attorney General of the State of Ohio are teaming up to reach out to Pastors and their congregations to aid them to discover how they can help in the effort to change the lives of those so affected. This conference will provide a new perspective for Pastors as they hear from Law enforcement, Counselors, educators and fellow pastors with new insights into what their Church can do to bring the light.

Who should Attend? Pastors, Lay-ministers, parishioners involved in substance abuse related ministries.

Featured Speakers

This one day conference will feature these experts:

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine
Attorney General Mike DeWine
Attorney General DeWine is working to rebuild Ohio’s neighborhoods and has devoted resources to fighting Ohio’s prescription drug abuse and heroin problems.


Charles E. Russell, MD
Keynote: Charles E. Russell, MD

Appointed to The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives of Ohio Governor John R Kasich, Dr. Russell is double board certified in Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Sheriff Robert Radcliff
Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliffe

Sheriff Radcliff currently serves on the Executive Board of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Member of the Community Corrections Board.

Sheriff Dave Phalen
Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen

Sheriff of Fairfield County. Columbus Police Lieutenant – Narcotics Bureau/Patrol Division. Phalen has taught classes on police ethics.

Dr. James Smith
Dr. James Smith, OCU Professor: Chemical Dependency

Smith is a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC-S), Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as well as an Elder in the U.M. Church.

Rev. Barry Bennett
Rev. Barry Bennett, Director Pickaway Area Recovery Services

Bennett is a Counseling Supervisor in Chemical Dependency Counseling (LICDC-CS), an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS-I), and an Elder in the U.M. Church.

Pastor Greg Delaney
Rev. Greg Delaney, Pastor, Executive Director Jeremiah Tree

Freedom Pastor for AHOP Ministries, Executive Director of the Jeremiah Tree and founder of Freedom Recovery Ministries.

Apostle Juan Woods
Apostle Juan Woods

Senior Pastor of Triumphant Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Juan was ordained Apostle in 2008 by LaFayette Scales, Apostle of Rhema Christian Center.

Rev. Tom Thompson
Rev. Tom Thompson- Founder of the Refuge

Rev. Tom Thompson is founder of The Refuge, a faith based alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility for men 18 year and older.

Rev. Tim Throckmorton
Rev. Tim Throckmorton- Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church “Overcomers” Ministry

Tim Throckmorton is the Pastor of Crossroads Church in Circleville Ohio. He is the former Executive Pastor of the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene in Franklin Furnace Ohio and the Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene in Portsmouth Ohio.



9 AM: Session One: “Convincing of the Problem.” Awareness & Education

AG’s office and law enforcement will present the problem from their local and state perspective.

10:45: Session Two: “Capturing the Hearts”

Dr. Chuck Russell will present from a physician’s addictions expert perspective and provide scriptural basis for the problem.

Noon Lunch

Light lunch will be provided.

12:45: Session Three: “Community Solution”

Rev. Greg Delaney: Learning What is Possible- How Your Church Can Minister to These Folks. Engage in a panel discussion with Rev. Delaney, Rev. Barry Bennett, Rev. Tim Throckmorton, Rev. Tom Thompson, and Rev. Juan Woods. Conference participants will be provided insight and solutions by those that are working in this area with their congregations. Expect tools to work with in solving this problem in your community.

2:30: Dismissal



Maxwell Center, Ohio Christian University
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, OH 43113

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