Clergy visit Rosecrance to discuss faith, recovery

From left to right: Gary Erickson, Courtney Kerch, Marilyn Hanson, Lucy Wynard, Dan Wynard, Fr. Jim Swarthout, Lisa Primm, Scott Himel, and Loren Nielsen.

Clergy, pastors and church leaders gathered to discuss the intersection of faith and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction at Rosecrance’s Pentecost Interfaith Clergy Gathering on June 1.

Rosecrance’s Father Jim Swarthout speaks at the Pentecost Interfaith Clergy Gathering on June 1.

The event was held at Rosecrance’s inpatient substance abuse treatment center, the Griffin Williamson Campus, where teens receive addiction treatment through experiential therapies, individual, group and family counseling, as well as sober recreational activities.

Several Rosecrance staff hosted the event, including Fr. Jim Swarthout, Director of Clergy & Alumni Services, Lisa Primm, Director of Outreach, and Courtney Kerch, Marketing Analyst/Communications Specialist. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the Griffin Williamson Campus, located on fifty scenic acres with 78 beds for adolescents ages 12-18. The campus features an on-site school, a chapel, a conservatory, a gymnasium and fitness center and an outdoor dining patio.

Rosecrance Family Program Coordinator Kathleen Wolf speaks at the Pentecost Interfaith Clergy Gathering on June 1.

Rosecrance staff also provided educational lectures on addiction, mental health disorders, the involvement of family throughout the recovery process, and more. Rosecrance hosts several “Experience Life” training sessions which provide education on similar topics.