A comprehensive approach to wholistic healing is based on the biblical understanding of health principles and supported by inspired revelation. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2) is a message for everyone. While we are informed about the beautiful truth of the healing ministry by which people can be restored to wholeness, it is time to embrace it wholeheartedly and start practicing it daily.

The conference on “Wholistic Healing: Challenges and Opportunities for the Church” addresses fundamental health and healing issues the church is facing today, like mental, emotional, social and family health, and much more. Therefore, while God is constantly working to heal people on the deepest level, His healing power calls the church to wholeness in our brokenness.

Conference Details

Dates: October 12–14, 2023
Registration: Required
Fee: None
Zoom: For registered guests who live outside the Berrien Springs area
Address: Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, 4145 E Campus Circle Dr, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104-1500

Travel: South Bend International Airport is the closest airport to campus.
On-Campus Lodging: Guest rooms are located in the Campus Center or Advent Prayer Center. Contact University Hospitality Services for availability.
Off-Campus Lodging: There are multiple hotel options in the local area. Click here for details.

Sponsored by: Adventist Health Ministries at the General Conference, AdventHealth, Andrews University, Kettering Health, Loma Linda University, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


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Conference Schedule

October 12–14, 2023

Thursday evening: Wholistic Health
6:30–6:40 p.m. Welcome & Prayer Jiri Moskala
6:40–7:20 p.m. Wholeness in Brokenness (Abstract) Peter Landless
7:20–7:55 p.m. A Comprehensive Approach to Wholistic Health Care (Abstract) Carla Park
7:55–8 p.m. Break  
8–8:30 p.m. Healing and Prayer Pavel Goia
8:30–8:50 p.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
8:50–8:52 p.m. Announcements Anna Galeniece
Session Chair Anna Galeniece
Friday early morning: Mental Healing
8:30–8:35 a.m. Welcome & Prayer Roy Gaton
8:35–9 a.m. Open Mine Eyes: A Call for an Expanded View of Mental Health in Seventh-day Adventism (Abstract) Barbara Hernandez
9–9:30 a.m. Mental Health and Wholistic Healing (Abstract) Nestor Bruno
9:30–10 a.m. Wholistic Healing for Depression: The Unrealized Gift of Biblical Anthropology (Abstract) Carlos Fayard
10–10:10 a.m. Break   
10:10–10:40 a.m. Addictions and Pornography: Are We Immune? (Abstract) Katia Reinert
10:40–11 a.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
Session Chair Roy Gaton

Friday late morning: Emotional Healing

11:05–11:25 a.m. Pastoral Burnout: Causes, Consequences & Closure (Abstract) Hyveth Williams
11:25–11:45 a.m. Trauma-Informed Approaches to Grief and Loss: Overview and Recommendations for Providing Support (Abstract) Shannon Trecartin & Desiree Davis
11:45–12:05 p.m. Ministry of Presence: Active Listening (Abstract) Roy Gaton
12:05–12:25 p.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
12:25–12:27 p.m. Announcements Scott Ward
Session Chair Scott Ward
Friday afternoon: Home and Healing
2–2:05 p.m. Welcome & Prayer David Williams
2:05–2:25 p.m. Healing in the Family (Abstract) David Sedlacek
2:25–2:45 p.m. Creating Conditions and Environments for Parent-Child Healing and Flourishing through Trauma-Informed Discipleship (Abstract) Jasmine Fraser
2:45–3:05 p.m. Challenge and Hope: The Quest for the Healing of the Next Generation (Abstract) Rogelio Paquini
3:05–3:10 p.m. Break  
3:10–3:30 p.m. Social Healing in an Urban Ministry Context (Abstract) Sung Kwon
3:30–3:50 p.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
3:50–3:52 p.m. Announcements David Williams
Session Chair David Williams
Friday evening: Theology, Worship & Healing
6:30–6:35 p.m. Welcome & Prayer Roy Gaton
6:35–6:40 p.m. Music  
6:40–7:10 p.m. The Biblical Foundation for Wholistic Healing (Abstract) Brazil de Souza
7:10–7:15 p.m. Music  
7:15–7:35 p.m. Healing Together: Music Making, Meaning, and Ethnodoxology (Abstract) David Williams
7:35–7:40 p.m. Music  
7:40–8 p.m. The Benefits of Finite and Transfinite Hope: A Storytelling Approach (Abstract) Anna Galeniece
8–8:20 p.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
8:20–8:22 p.m. Announcements & Prayer Roy Gaton
Session Chair Roy Gaton
Sabbath morning: History, Mission & Healing
10–10:05 a.m. Welcome & Prayer Trevor O’Reggio
10:05–10:10 a.m. Music  
10:10–10:40 a.m. “To Make Man Whole:” The Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Health Message and Its Unique Emphasis on Wholistic Healing (1840s–1900s) (Abstract) Ted Levterov
10:40–11 a.m. Support of the Health Message and Health Practices in a Global Sample of Seventh-day Adventists (Abstract) Duane McBride & Alina Baltazar
11–11:20 a.m. On the Path to Shalom: A Missiological Exploration of God’s Intent for the Wholeness of His Creation (Abstract) Boubakar Sanou
11:20–11:40 a.m. Panel discussion (Q&A)  
Session Chair Willie Hucks
Sabbath morning
11:50 a.m.–1 p.m. Worship Service Ivan Williams
Sabbath afternoon: Healing on the Way Forward
3–3:05 p.m. Welcome & Prayer Jiri Moskala
3:05–3:25 p.m. The Bothersome Conundrum in a Box of Crayons: An Itinerary from the Innocent to the Insidious (Abstract) Willie Hucks II
3:25–4 p.m. Social Healing in the Community (Abstract) Terry Shaw
4–4:30 p.m. Healing and the Power of God’s Word (Abstract) Jiri Moskala
Session Chair Abner Hernandez
Sabbath: The Grand Panel
4:35–4:40 p.m. Music  
4:40–5:40 p.m. Grand Panel All presenters
5:40–5:50 p.m. Appreciation & Dedication Prayer Jiri Moskala, Anna Galeniece
Panel Chair Denis Fortin