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The State of Ohio is losing eight people every day to accidental drug overdose. In Matthew 5:14, we are called to be “the light of the world” and for so many people and families struggling with the disease of addiction to heroin or other drugs, some within our own congregations, the church can and should be that light to recovery and healing. Join us as we share tools for churches to prevent substance use and support those who need healing.


Church Leaders


October 21, 2016

Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Event 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Cedarville University
Stevens Student Center


Registration includes a boxed lunch

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8 - 9 a.m.

9 - 9:15 a.m.
Worship Band
Cedarville University School of Pharmacy Students

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Marc A. Sweeney, R.Ph., Pharm.D., M.Div., B.S. Pharm. – Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
  • Mike DeWine – Ohio Attorney General

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
  • Jim Joyner – CEO and Founder of Joyner and Associates

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
A Parent's Perspective
Addiction, often called the “silent disease” because of the stigma society attaches to it, affects many families in congregations across our state. Parents who have children suffering from a substance abuse disorder or who have lost a child to drug or alcohol abuse will share the role the church could play in healing their family and others like theirs.
  • Moderator – Judge Scott VanDerKarr, former Franklin County Drug Court Judge
  • Paul Schoonover
  • Brenda Stewart
  • David Varda
  • Jim Joyner

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Overview of Prescription Drug Abuse Resources
  • Lauren Bluhm – Cedarville University, Pham.D. Candidate, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
How You Can Help: A Pastor's Guide
The church plays a vital role in preventing substance abuse disorders and in the treatment and recovery of those suffering from substance abuse disorders. Our panel of Christian church and school leaders will share strategies they use to prevent substance use by young people and create safe, healthy environments for those who are coming back into community and focusing on recovery.
  • Moderator – Judge Scott VanDerKarr, former Franklin County Drug Court Judge
  • Pastor Greg Delaney
  • Tim and Beth Tabor
  • Buzz Imboden
  • Pastor Patricia Wantz

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Keynote Presentation
  • Sheila Raye Charles – Singer/Songwriter

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Closing and Ending Prayer
  • Marcie Seidel – Drug Free Action Alliance
  • Elizabeth Henrich – Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

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