Power to Heal

April 2 – 8, 2023

Lexington, KY, USA

Whether you’ve never been to an NAD Health Summit or you’ve been with us in the past, you don’t want to miss this one because we will be doing something different.  The trainings, networking sessions, and spiritual emphasis will equip you to be part of a comprehensive health evangelistic effort across the Division, while staying focused on your community.  Come and be a part of the last great work!

Event Information

Schedule at a glance

2:00 pm | Check-in Opens

7:30 pm | Opening Program

8:30 am | Prayer Session

9:00 am | Plenary

10:30 am | Breakouts Sessions

1:00 pm | Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

4:30 pm | Break

7:30 pm | Evening Program

8:30 am | Prayer Session

9:00 am | Plenary

10:30 am | Breakouts Sessions

1:00 pm | Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm | Health Fair Bonanza

4:30 pm | Break

7:30 pm | Evening Program

8:30 am | Prayer Session

9:00 am | Plenary

10:30 am | Course Instruction

1:00 pm | Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm | Course Instruction

5:30 pm | Break

7:30 pm | Evening Program

8:30 am | Prayer Session

9:00 am | Plenary

10:30 am | Course Instruction

1:00 pm | Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm | Course Instruction

5:30 pm | Break

7:30 pm | Evening Program

9:00 am | Prayer Session

9:30 am | Strategic Planning Session

1:00 pm | Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm | Networking Session

5:30 pm | Break

7:30 pm | Commissioning Vespers

8:00 am | Breakfast (provided)

9:30 am | Worship Service

11:30 am | Ark Encounter/Creation Museum trip (optional)

Together in Mission

Course offerings

The following courses will be taught on both Wednesday & Thursday of the Summit.  You must attend both days to complete the training.  Attendance will be taken.

Ministry leaders are motivated by the potential of sharing help and healing with hurting people. Rarely are they inspired by all of the organizational and administrative duties that make it all happen. Learn simple tools and strategies for effectively leading a team to impactful ministry with a minimum of administrative pain.

Note: $75 additional material cost applies

Sponsored by Adventist Community Services

A Faith Community Nurse (FCN), previously known as Parish Nurse, is a trained registered nurse who serves within a faith community to improve the health of its members. They recognize that spiritual care is central to the practice of an FCN and, working with the pastoral and health teams, facilitates wholistic health for the congregation. This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum course will prepare the participant in this specialty practice. This specialty is recognized by the American Nurses Association. You must be a registered nurse to become a Faith Community Nurse.

NOTE:  This course begins during the month of March with online virtual sessions.  You must attend all sessions to receive the certificate of completion.  Registration is processed separately on our Events page.

Sponsored by Adventist Association of Faith Community Nursing

Sponsored by Adventist Association of Health & Wellness Coaching

The Journey to Wholeness program was developed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists to provide a safe environment for individuals recovering from trauma and addictions. These “Journey Groups” follow the 12 Steps to recovery, as modified from Alcoholics Anonymous, through an Adventist & Christian approach. Facilitator training is key to successfully running the JTW program.

Note: $75 additional material cost applies

Sponsored by Adventist Recovery Ministries

This course teaching core concepts for conducting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle center ministry.

Co-sponsored by General Conference Health Ministries.

Burnout prevention program

Note: $75 additional material cost applies

Significant loss brings on grief and that needs to be supported through compassionate relationships with others. This class is designed to equip facilitators with education, training and resources for starting and conducting a grief and loss support group. Once the course is completed, attendees will also be invited to connect regularly with other facilitators to share ideas and get support as you move forward.

Note: $75 additional material cost applies

The following courses will be repeated on Wednesday & Thursday.  You can choose to attend on either day.  Attendance only required for continuing education.

Sponsored by Institute for Prevention of Addiction, Andrews University

Are you hesitant to run a quit smoking program because you aren’t familiar with the habit?  Are you afraid smokers will ask something that you don’t know? Are you wondering, “How can I teach this if I’ve never smoked? How can I relate?”  Or maybe you have quit smoking yourself and are wondering how you can help others do the same?

Join us as we learn the science and practice behind quitting the nicotine habit.  Learn how to recognize where a person is on their journey, and how to lead them to the next step.  Our instructor has had 30 years of experience in stop smoking programs, so you are sure to gain skills and inspiration to help others “Break the Bonds of Nicotine” and become a non-smoker for life!

Participants will engage experientially in a positive learning environment. Collaborative and participatory methods will be shared using techniques of interacting with young people and young at heart in your church, school community, and universities. Training includes principles of group process, developing trust, facilitation, team building, and leadership skills, along with how to share health principles in a meaningful way.

What to bring:  Pencil, eraser, note book, open mind, fun attitude, and a willingness to learn, laugh and move.  Wear casual clothing.

Sponsored by Collegiate Advocates for Better Living, NAD Health Ministries

Functional nutrition builds upon the foundations of traditional nutrition therapy. While traditional nutrition therapy addresses symptoms, functional nutrition takes a deeper dive into addressing root causes for the discomfort individuals experience. Functional nutrition also seeks to prevent or decrease the risk of medical conditions from developing in the future.

This course consists of a two-part series that will be repeated on Wednesday & Thursday.  You only need to attend one day to obtain full content.

  1. Restoring the Sanctuary: Trauma, Healing and the Church — Trauma is an epidemic in the world. New research continues to give evidence of the dramatic effects of trauma upon the brain and body.  Come gain further understanding of the impact of trauma and learn practical tools to support healing in individuals that goes beyond just suggesting counseling.
  2. Restored-Trauma Informed Churches — Research tells us that healing of trauma can happen, but not if an individual does the journey alone.  Participate to gain insight into the intersection of faith and science with relevant approaches for working within faith-based organizations to become communities of healing.

Note:  Additional $200 cost for follow-up meetings with faculty of the Trauma Center at Andrews University.

Co-sponsored by International Center for Trauma Education & Care, Andrews University


Meet the Plenary session presenters

Peter Landless, M.B., BCH., M.MED., FCP (SA), FACC, FASNC
Director, General Conference Health Ministries
Executive Director, International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (ICPA)

David DeRose, MD, MPH
President, CompassHealth Consulting, Inc

Sebastien Braxton
Founder & CEO, FiatLux

Alina Baltazar, PhD, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, CFLE
Institute for Prevention of Addictions
Andrews University

Duane McBride, PhD
Institute for Prevention of Addictions
Andrews University

Sebastien Braxton
Founder & CEO, FiatLux

Joan Sabaté MD, DrPH
Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Sebastien Braxton
Founder & CEO, FiatLux

Sebastien Braxton
Founder & CEO, FiatLux

Wendy Eberhart
VP for Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Dr. G. Alexander Bryant
President, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Make Your Plans to Be There

Venue & Lodging

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
9 miles from LEX Airport

Discount Room rate:  $161 USD per night
Start Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
End Date: Monday, April 10, 2023
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Roommates & Rides

Looking to carpool to the Summit, or find a roommate to share expenses?  Visit our Facebook group to connect with others who are planning their trip!


Your registration gives you so much more than a week of inspiration, strength, and tools for your ministry — as powerful as these will be!  You will also be building a network of co-laborers and collaborators and system of support for on-going success.  Don’t miss out in all that is offered!

Attendee cost is $495 per person.  See list below for all that you will have access to.

You will be able to attend all plenary sessions and select from a variety classes and trainings.  You will also receive a registration gift bag, access to booths, and certificate of attendance at completion.

All registrants receive a course packet with relevant and useful tools for maintaining a healthy and prosperous health ministry.

You will be able to select from a variety of classes and facilitator trainings.  Some are available at no additional cost while others incur a fee for course material.

Health professionals will be eligible to obtain continuing education units for plenary sessions and select courses.

Seven (7) meals are included in the cost of registration–Lunch on Monday through Sabbath and Breakfast on Sabbath.  Note: Sabbath lunch will consist of a box meal due to the optional outing to the Ark Encounter or Creation Museum.

We are working with AdventSource to make available health resources at a discount price — only available to Summit attendees.

The Summit will provide a “booth experience” that will provide both resources and practical examples of how to execute a successful health fair in your community.

All Summit attendees will be eligible to attend on-going meetings with select course instructors and health ministry leaders.  Plan to join us at specific intervals after the Summit for Zoom-based meetings.  These will occur 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months following the in-person event.  Our goals is to not only educate you on powerful and effective ministry tools, but to also give you quality on-going support to implement them when you get back to your church and community.

All Summit attendees will receive access to recordings from all plenary sessions along with the free courses.  Recordings from only some trainings that have an additional fee will be available to those who completed the specific training.

Following the morning services, attendees can select to have an optional trip to the Creation Museum or Ark Encounter.  Discount admittance tickets, lunch boxes and round-trip shuttle bus will be provide to those who register in advance.  You can only pick one destination and additional fee applies.  Learn more about the Creation Museum or Ark Encounter.

Receive to Give

How to prepare
for the Summit:


Talk to your pastor about supporting your health ministries team to attend the Summit.  Share how you will utilize the training when you return.


Select the course you wish to take, process your registration and make travel and lodging arrangements

Jump to Courses


Watch for resources provided prior to the Summit.  Completing these will help you gain the most from your time at the Summit.


Power to Heal

It is the Lord’s purpose that in every part of our world health institutions shall be established as a part of the gospel work…The work in all its branches is to be one.

This is an extract from a letter written in 1900 regarding the crucial link between the health and gospel work of the Adventist Church.  At the 2023 Health Summit, we will prayerfully study together how this can be implemented in today’s context.  You won’t want to miss this pivotal conference, from which we hope to increase and strengthen the ministry of healing.


Should Attend

will gain valuable in having an effective health program that supports the missional goals of your church.  You will also network with individuals from other churches to share what you’ve learned about ministry and meet some of the health ministry leaders of the Church.  At the end you will have a plan ready to put into place when you return to your church.

will be eligible for continuing education units (select courses only) and add new and effective tools to meeting the needs of your clients and patients.

who wish to supercharge their evangelism efforts will learn the best-kept secrets to effectively reach hearts of hurting people in their community.  You will also learn how to practice self-care while leading your congregation with strength and grace.

will obtain resources to open new doors for reaching out to your community while recognizing the value of “inreach” ministry to fellow church members.

will learn how to expand the reach of your ministry by using effective tools for ministering to the health needs of your network.

will gain skills on how to fully engage youth and young adults in growing and vibrant service opportunities.  Using their God-given skills and talents for service is one of the most effective ways to prevent adverse outcomes.

Past Summits

Restored Mental Health & Wellness Summit

March 31 – April 2, 2022 | Virtual Summit

Healing of the Nations

January 20-26, 2019 | Albuquerque, NM

Meeting Needs, Reflecting Christ

September 28 – October 2, 2016 | Hope, British Columbia, Canada