David Sedlacek

David Sedlacek

David Sedlacek

Title: Professor of Family Ministry and Discipleship
Director, MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Office Location: Seminary S227
E-mail: sedlacek@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-6375


B.S., Cleveland State University; M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University


David A. Sedlacek, Ph.D., LCSW, joined the Andrews University Social Work faculty in June 2009.  For the previous five years he was an Associate Professor with the Social Work Department at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.  While at Oakwood, Dr. Sedlacek founded and directed the New Beginnings Resource Center for Single Parents, located on the campus of Oakwood University.

For over 35 years, Dr. Sedlacek has served in numerous professional social work capacities including direct practice, administration, research, and education.  He also served as pastor of the Ashtabula Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Ohio Conference.  His passion is integrating faith and practice.  As a result, he has taken a leadership role in developing a collaborative between the Theological Seminary and the Department of Social Work at Andrews University.  Dr. Sedlacek and his wife Beverly co-direct Into HIS Rest Ministries, a Christian counseling ministry.  They speak internationally, conduct seminars and retreats, and have written a book entitled "Cleansing the Sanctuary of the Heart:  Tools for Emotional Healing."

David & Beverly have five children and 10 grandchildren.  David loves the outdoors, creative landscaping, tennis, and golf.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Scholarly Publications:

Sedlacek, David. (2010). The Biblical Diagnosis of Spiritual Conditions. North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention, November 11-14, 2010, Durham, NC. – oral paper presentation.

Sedlacek, David & Sedlacek, Beverly (2010). Mental Health: A Spiritual Perspective. In Thompson, W.C., Ed., Health Smart: A Rational, No-Nonsense, Practical Approach to Health. Coldwater, MI: Remnant Publishing.

Sedlacek D. & B. (2008). Cleansing the sanctuary of the heart: tools for emotional healing. Tate Publishing: Oklahoma.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations and Posters by Faculty:

Sedlacek, David, Jones, Ann-Marie C., & VanderWaal, Curtis J. (2010). The Role of Gatekeeping in Maintaining Program Integrity. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE): 56th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2010, Portland, OR – oral paper presentation.

Sedlacek, David, Perry, Shelly J., & Gavin, John. Assessment of Student Professionalism (ASP): Integrating Practice Behaviors Into a Behavior-Based Instrument. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE): 56th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2010, Portland, OR – oral paper presentation.

Sedlacek, David, VanderWaal, Curtis J., Hernandez, Edwin I. & Sandman, Alix* (2010). Clergy involvement in congregants’ substance abuse problems and treatment referrals. Addiction Health Services Research Conference (October 25-27, 2010) – poster presentation.

Sedlacek, D. (2009, November). Heart examiniation: A tool to intergrate bibilical concepts into the healing process. Presented at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Sedlacek, D. & Ashley, G. (2009, November). The use of the 2008 EPAS in competency-based portfolios as exit examinations. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.