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Addiction takes many forms and knows no boundaries. Anyone is susceptible to this cunning baffling and powerful disease, even clergy. In fact, clergy are more susceptible than average because of the nature of their work. In this podcast you will hear the personal testimonies of clergy who were caught in the hell of addiction and by the grace of God found a way out. Listen to their powerful stories of what it was like while they were addiction, what happened that caused them to get free, and ...
 
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In this episode the Reverend Rich Gelson shares his personal life journey with co-dependency and how the grace of God led him to discover a new way to understand his life and some new ways to relate to those he loves. Pastor Rich is an ordained Presbyterian serving as the pastor of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, since 2015…
 
In this episode the Reverend Joseph Pusateri shares his personal journey with addiction and how the grace of God led him into recovery and into the ministry. Pastor Joey lives in Danville, Kentucky, with his wife, Jennifer, a PhD student at the University of Kentucky, and their two daughters, Kira and Sadie. Pastor Joey is an ordained Disciples of …
 
Pastor Bohdan Vadis lives in San Diego, California. For the past several years he has been the lead pastor of Tierrasanta Lutheran Church. In this episode Pastor Bodhan shares his personal journey of addiction, becoming a Lutheran pastor, his journey of recovery, and his relationship with the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy. Bohdan was bor…
 
Pastor Ed Treat lives in Minnetrista, Minnesota, and is the founder and CEO of the Center of Addiction & Faith. He is also the host of this podcast. After 8 episodes his producer, Marshall Saunders, of the Minnesota Podcasting in St. Paul, Minnesota asked him, “When are we going to hear your story of Addiction & Grace?” In this episode Marshall Sau…
 
Pastor Todd Morrison lives in the Pacific Northwest and until recently was serving a non-denominational church. I recently got to know Pastor Todd after he reached out to me through a mutual colleague. After hearing his amazing story, I invited him to share it on an episode of My Story of Addiction & Grace. Todd has just released his first book ent…
 
In this episode of My story of Addiction & Grace Pastor Melanie Martin-Dent shares her journey of addiction & recovery. Pastor Mary Melanie is the solo pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in, Polson, Montana, where she lives with her husband pastor and her horses. Pastor Melanie is a founding member of the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Cler…
 
Rev. Kal Rissman is an ordained minister of the ELCA, Certified Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Hospital Chaplain, Licensed Marriage and Family Life Therapist, Nicotine Dependency Counselor and Licensed Social Worker. He currently serves as a part-time parish pastor of two Lutheran churches and is the author of the book, "Knowledge to Power: …
 
Pastor Mary is from Tacoma, WA, and shares her story with Host Pastor Ed Treat. Addiction takes many forms and knows no boundaries. Anyone is susceptible to this cunning baffling and powerful disease, even clergy. In fact, clergy are more susceptible than average because of the nature of their work. In this podcast you will hear the personal testim…
 
Rev. Michelle Knight is a Lutheran Vicar completing her final year of seminary at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a person in long-term recovery and has become an outspoken advocate in the church on the topic of addiction and raises awareness wherever she can. She shares her journey of Addiction & Grace and her hopes for the future of th…
 
Steve Lane, Pastor of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo NY. Lane has been involved with the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC) for over seven years. As the new president of RMEC, Lane hopes to help create new opportunities for collaboration with the Lutherans and others that are actively trying to help educate the churches in…
 
Rev. Dorothy Sandahl--Pastor Dee--shares her long journey of growing up in Minnesota, struggling with alcoholism, then finding recovery and a call to ministry. Pastor Dee is a semi-retired Lutheran Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She currently serves as an interim pastor in Wisconsin is married and lives in Hastings Min…
 
Reverend Al Dungan, a retired Lutheran pastor, shares his life-long journey of growing up in an alcoholic home and discovering late in life how that experience impacted and shaped his life. This discovery and subsequent recovering from a life of trauma is an abiding source of gratitude for Pastor Al. Listen to his story. Addiction takes many forms …
 
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