Wyatt’s Chapel plans to conduct a seminar on substance abuse and mental health. The purpose of the conference is to educate the dangers and consequences of substance abuse and equip the community on how to recognize and confront addiction and mental health issues.
Drug and alcohol addiction can be a debilitating, devastating condition, not just for the addict, but also for the spouses and families of the addict. Dealing with the addiction can put family members under extreme stress, and living in the intense emotional environment addiction causes can be quite traumatic.
About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse. These statistics are mirrored in the substance abuse community, where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers report experiencing a mental illness. Men are more likely to develop a co-occurring disorder than women. Other people who have a particularly high risk of dual diagnosis include individuals of lower socioeconomic status, military veterans and people with more general medical illnesses.
One of our keynote speakers, Apostle Ryan McJimpsey, pastor of Family Worship Ministries of Spartanburg, SC, has worked over twenty years in the judicial, counseling, and human service fields. He has served on the Upward Bound Advisory Council for USC Upstate and the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Branch of YMCA. Pastor McJimpsey serves countless hours with the community in various volunteer capacities. Along with Pastoring, he has served as a chaplain and spiritual care coordinator and bereavement coordinator for several hospice agencies. He is the founder and Director of The King Dez Network, a goal-based, human service agency that provides Christian Counseling, Coaching, Consulting and Mentoring to adults, youth, and entrepreneurs to assist them achieve their personal, spiritual, and professional goals.
Apostle McJimpsey is a counselor at heart and believes God has called him as an intercessor to influence the mountain of family to bring restoration to marriages and families. He believes as an advocate of mental health, there are still great strides to be made as it relates to African-Americans, men, and those of the Christian faith to overcome stigmas in order to receive proper mental health care. My goal is to bring awareness, provide advocacy, and build affirmation for those who need proper mental health care and emotional wellness. He has a strong passion for leaders and he desires to see everyone activated in their purpose.
Pastor McJimpsey attended Spartanburg Methodist College and graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He has done graduate work at Webster University’s School of Counseling and is a certified Professional Life Coach through Light University. Pastor McJimpsey is a certified Christian counselor and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling from Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling. Apostle McJimpsey holds membership with both the American Association of Christian Counselors and the National Association of Christian Counselors.
Pastor McJimpsey’s perspective as well as those from other keynote speakers will be heard Saturday, March 18 beginning at 10 a.m.. For more information call 864-427-2555.
Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church of Buffalo, SC proudly presents it’s Annual Harvest Weekend Events:
• On Saturday, March 18, there will be workshops focused on Building Awareness of Substance abuse and Mental health from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Then on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m., all the way from Canton Mississippi will be Harvey Watkins Jr and the Canton Spirituals. Yes, The Canton Spirituals are coming to Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church located at 153 Wyatt’s Chapel Road in Buffalo SC.
Everyone is invited to come share in a weekend Of Kingdom focus ending with an afternoon with The Canton Spirituals.
We are asking for a $10 love offering!!
Looking Forward to Having you Fellowship with us!
Grace and Peace!
Dr. Jeter is a practicing physician and leads the Health Ministry at Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church.