lighthouse image2019 Faith-Based Crisis Leadership/Vets Connect Workshops

Knowledge is Power!

Day One: Faith-based Crisis Leadership / Strategies for Securing Places of Worship

Day Two: Faith-based Vet Connects


Plan now to attend! Both days offer presentations led by field experts that will strengthen you, your congregations, and community!

Back by popular demand is our new and improved Faith-based Crisis Leadership Workshop 2.0 with the most requested added component – Securing Places of Worship.

The Faith-based Vet Connects component offers a cutting-edge educational module that provides information about: (1) working effectively with veterans, (2) tapping into available veteran programs and services, and (3) making your faith-based organization a resource hub for veterans in your congregation and the community that you serve.

These two powerful workshops will equip you with tools to better lead your community during small- and large-scale crisis, arm you with knowledge and available services to help safeguard your place of worship, and connect you with valuable resources to assist veterans!



Dates and Locations


Grand Rapids May 2-3

DoubleTree by Hilton

4747 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids MI  49512

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Frankenmuth June 6-7

Bavarian Inn Lodge

1 Covered Bridge Ln

Frankenmuth  MI 48734

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Marquette July 18-19

Ramada of Marquette

412 W Washington St,

Marquette  MI 49855

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Lansing August 15-16

Lansing Center

333 E Michigan Ave

Lansing, MI 48933

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Day 1

8:30 – 9:15                              Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking

9:15 – 9:25                              Welcome-Paula Sadler MDHHS OIC
                                                Departmental Specialist-Administrative Asst.

9:25 – 9:45                              Invocation

                                                MDHHS OCFE Overview

                                                Workshop Purpose

                                                Introduction of Workshop Presenters

                                                MDHHS OIC Director, Bill Hardiman

9:45 to 11:00                           Workshop Presentations—Bob VandePol,
                                                Executive Director, Employee Assistance
                                                Program/Church Assistance Program, Pine Rest

11:00 to 11:10                                     Stretch/Break

11:10 to 12:00                         Continued Workshop Presentation

12:00 to 1:00                           Lunch/Table Exercise – Bob VandePol

1:00 to 1:45                             Workshop Discussion – Bob VandePol

1:45 to 3:00                             “Security in places of Worship” – Special presentation,

                                                          Michigan State Police (MSP) Community Service Trooper


Day 2

8:30 – 9:15                                  Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking

9:15 – 9:25                                  Welcome-Paula Sadler MDHHS OIC
                                                    Departmental Specialist-Administrative Asst.

9:25 – 9:45                                   Invocation

                                                            MDHHS OCFE Overview

                                                            Workshop Purpose

                                                            Introduction of – Brian Webb,

                                                            State of Michigan MDHHS/BHDDA Veteran Liaison


                                                             Introduction of Workshop Presenter

                                                             MDHHS OIC Director, Bill Hardiman


9:45 to 11:00                               Workshop Presentations—Marc Houck, PSY. D.
                                                    PC-MHI Psychologist

                                                    Integrated Care Program Manager
                                                    VA Wyoming Health Care Center


11:00 to 11:10                                   Stretch/Break

11:10 to 12:00                              Continued Workshop Presentation

12:00 to 1:00                                Lunch/Table Exercise – Marc Houck

1:00 to 1:45                                  Workshop Discussion – Marc Houck

2:00 to 3:00                                  Clergy open discussion/networking

Downloadable Agenda


Questions? Contact Paula Sadler at 313-456-0057 or