Mid-Ohio Valley pastors gathering to fight drug epidemic

PARKERSBURG –A “Pastors Awareness Breakfast” is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, 4124 14th Ave. in south Parkersburg.

The breakfast is in the church’s fellowship hall. Breakfast is provided and speakers scheduled are Tim Craft, founder of High on Hope Ministries in Parkersburg, and Steve Stephens, Wood County sheriff. They are discussing community issues related to the area’s drug problems.

Craft said he wants all pastors to attend the breakfast meeting to discuss working together to fight the drug epidemic. Craft said he plans to discuss his ministry at the breakfast and invite pastors to become part of the battle against drugs.

Craft is helping to establish a New Creations drug recovery facility for men in Malta, Morgan County, Ohio, which is scheduled to open in March. The remodeled facility will be located in a former nursing home and day care center, he said. Donations are needed to run the facility, Craft said.

It is the church’s responsibility to fight the drug epidemic, Craft said.

Craft said he is working on bringing a similar drug recovery program to Parkersburg for women.

Craft also is leading a Biblical-based class about overcoming addiction on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Downtown Bethel Church, 517 Market St. in Parkersburg. Those battling addiction, or have overcome addiction, are invited to attend. Family members also can attend the classes, which are designed to help people understand the root causes of addiction.

For more information on the pastors breakfast, call Pastor Tim Burch or the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church at 304-428-6314 or 304-481-1038.