2017 Program

Tentative Program

8–8:30 am Registration – Breakfast & Fellowship
8:30–8:40 am Welcome – Sally Wiggin, WTAE-TV
Opening Prayer – The Rev. Barry Mariana, Pastoral Life Pastor, Christ Church at Grove Farm
Welcome – The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
8:40–9 am Opening Remarks – “Healthy Choices”– The Rt. Rev. James Hobby, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh
 9–10 am  Keynote SpeakerPastor David Kornfield, Ph.D., Author, Missionary & International Trainer
“Helping Healthy Churches Grow by Cultivating Healthy Pastors”
 10–10:15 am Break & Visit Display Tables
 10:15–11:30 am Session One (Five Tracks)
1A. Opiate Toolkit for Clergy
Pastors and churches can play an active role in responding to the opiate crisis in our community.  Learn about the problem and how you can help those families suffering from addiction.

  • Moderator: Karen Plavan , Ph.D., CIP, CLEAR
  • The Rev. Regis Smolko, Gateway Rehabilitation Center
  • Pastor Sam Gaetano, Assembly of God
  • Becky Denmead, Parent, Six Steps to Sanity, Orchard Hill Church
2A. Putting on the Mind of Christ
This workshop will provide practical strategies for changing your automatic thoughts to deliberately chosen thoughts.

  • Eileen Colianni, M.Ed., Author & Retreat Facilitator 
3A. Who Cares?
Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have many needs.  How can churches encourage, assist, and develop caregivers?

  • Karen Jacobsen, Executive Director, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
4A. Caring for the Incarcerated
The panel will focus on multiple ways that people can assist the incarcerated and their families.

  • The Rev. Kimberly Greway, M.Div., Chaplaincy Services, Allegheny County Jail
  • Caitlin J. Werth, M.Div., HOPE Program
5A. Value of the Person
Improve the church workplace and inspire your congregation
by applying Biblical principles.

  • Nancy Alderson McDonnell, President, Value of the Person
 11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch & Visit Display Tables
12:30 – 1:45 pm Session Two (Five Tracks)
1B. Families and Interventions
Families can help their loved ones accept help for addictions through a process called family interventions. Learn how to help families who are in the midst of crisis.

  • Karen Plavan, Ph.D., CIP, The Oasis Recovery Center
  • The Rev. Dave Else, Episcopal Priest
2B. Trauma: What Every Spiritual Leader Needs to Know
This workshop will provide perspective and intervention methods to meet the needs of traumatized persons.

  • The Rev. Carl Baughman, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center, Panel Moderator
  • Lynda Easley Bradley, LPC, Counselor, Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Susan N. Young, LPC, CEAP, Clinical Director, Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Lori L. Cangilla, Ph.D., Psychologist, Samaritan Counseling Center
3B. Ministering to Teens for Total Wellness
Learn how churches can support teenagers and effectively work with them.

  • The Rev. Dr. Ron Barnes, LSW, Executive Director, Anchorpoint Counseling
  • The Rev. Stephen Luther, M.Ed., LPC, President, Grace Wellness Center
4B. A Pastoral Response to Gun Violence in our Community
Panelists will share their experiences working in the community to address public safety, gun and youth violence. Learn how pastors can help heal those who suffer from violence.

  • The Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris, Christian Church of Wilkinsburg
  • Jay A. Gilmer, Esq., Project Coordinator, SaferTogether Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety
5B. Slaying the Giants that Kill our Interdependence
Learn how pastors can develop care structures with peers including mentoring and small groups to help deal with emotional and spiritual challenges of ministry.

  • Pastor David Kornfield, Ph.D., Author, Missionary & International Trainer
 1:45—2  pm Break Visit Display Tables
 2—3:15 pm Session Three (Five Tracks)
1C. ABC’s of Addiction and Recovery
Learn the basics of addiction and recovery including the Christian roots of 12 Step Programs.

  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Chair, The Oasis Recovery Center & CLEAR
2C.  Eating Disorders
Eating disorders destroy people’s health and can be life threatening. Learn how to treat mind, body, and spirit.

  • The Rev. Lois Morrison, Lead Chaplain, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
  • Liz McCabe, L.I.S.W., Pittsburgh Site Director, The Emily Program
  • Anita Sinicrope Maier, MSW, Executive Director, Footsteps for Recovery
3C. The Elderly & Aging—Forgetting but not Forgotten
Learn practical spiritual ways to minister to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • The Rev. Dr. Verna L. Call, Retired Pastor, United Church of Christ
  • The Rev. Joan P. Baugh,  Church of God
4C. Working with the Homeless
A discussion of how pastors can help the homeless in our neighborhoods.

  • Moderator: Brother Mark Lowery, Central Catholic High School
  • The Rev. Michael D. Wurschmidt, Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship
  • Alexis K. Weber, RN, MSN, St. Joseph House of Hospitality
  • Fr. Paul Abernathy, Director, FOCUS Pittsburgh
5C.  Soul Care
Join us in this interactive workshop to deepen our sensitivity and responsiveness to the life of the spirit and to evoke Spirit-Life in those entrusted to our care.

  • Martha Robbins, Th.D., Director, Pneuma Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
3:15–3:30 pm Break Visit Display Tables
 3:30–4 pm  The Reunion Gatherings
Catholics and Protestants are coming together in Pittsburgh
to pray and build relationships with each other in this anniversary
year of the Protestant Reformation.

  • Reid Carpenter, Leadership Foundations of America