8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Devotional

Wastelands, Separations, and Connections (Elisabeth Ahlquist)


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Plenary Session

TBD (Sheryl Haw)


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Disaster Engagement with Government, Each Other & Survivors: A Retrospective Philosophy (Rev. David L. Myers)

Engagement is a current buzzword in federal government circles. Offices of public engagement spend many hours and many dollars connecting with many constituencies. Engagement efforts are often driven by outputs: How many people were on the call? Clicked on the headline? Attended the workshop? But are these the right metrics for governments engaging with communities of faith active in disaster?  For communities of faith engaging with other communities of faith engaging survivors? Rev. David L. Myers, senior advisor to the FEMA Administrator and Director of the Center for Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS, will reflect on a philosophy of engagement based on his seven years' experience with FEMA.  

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker.


People with Disabilities in Disaster Risk and Recovery: Serving the Most Vulnerable (Dr. Dave Deuel)

The World Health Organization estimates that 15% of the global population experiences disability (2011). What is more, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) reports that the death rate of PWD may be two to four times higher than those without disabilities and that PWD tend to be overlooked in disaster registration systems (Stough and Kang, 2015). In response to these staggering statistics, my presentation will focus on the unique needs of PWD in disaster risk and recovery efforts by raising questions that will improve care for them.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker.


Recovery Work: Helping Refugees Recover from Displacement (Tom Albinson)

There are nearly 60 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Recovery from displacement requires more than the services of emergency relief agencies. This session will explore the unique and critical role that the church can play in refugee resilience and recovery.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker.


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Coffee Break & Networking


11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | Plenary Session

Leading Others to Spiritual Maturity: Lessons from the Umpqua Community College Mass Shooting (Hugh Heinrichsen, MA)

A disaster does not change the fact that God has appointed pastors, teachers, and other leaders to help others grow into spiritual maturity. Responding to the immediate needs of safety and stability are a priority in light of trauma, but this can also pave the way to addressing and satisfying the deeper, more long-tern needs of a person's soul. Hugh will share how he and his community have responded to the call of Jesus to lead others to spiritual maturity in the midst of disaster and loss.  

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker.


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch (on your own)


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Plenary Session

A Walking Disaster: Cultivating Resilience in Times of Personal Crisis (Dr. Jamie Aten)

In this talk disaster psychologist Jamie Aten shares lessons on cultivating faith and resilience through story. The lessons grew out of his Hurricane Katrina experience and own personal disaster of battling cancer several years later. He will draw parallels between insights gained from these personal disaster experiences and from what he’s learned from studying mass disasters around the globe.

**1 CE credit is offered for this speaker.

Wheaton College has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4597. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Wheaton College is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Fragile States – The Most Vulnerable (Roger Sandberg)

Who are the most vulnerable? What does life look like for those trapped in places of conflict? What can the Church do and what are we called to do for the most vulnerable? 

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 


Training and Being Trained: Lessons Learned from Trauma Recovery Partnerships in Rwanda (Philip G. Monroe, PsyD & Marianne Millen)

True international-local partnerships take time, cost money, and are fraught with mis-steps along the way. Despite these challenges, collaborative work produces rich learnings and growth for both sides. This presentation will document important lessons learned from a seven year partnership between American mental health professionals and Rwandese trauma recovery counselors and caregivers. 

**1 CE Credit is offered for these speakers

Wheaton College has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4597. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Wheaton College is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs

+ Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify key steps in building a cooperative international/local response to psychosocial trauma in low resource settings
  • Explore threats to train the trainer models of intervention resulting from common outsider assumptions
  • Review faith based model of addressing trauma in Sub- Saharan context and possibilites for collecting evidence of program effectiveness


Congregational Preparedness (Kimberly Hayward)

This session will provide an overview of congregational preparedness and the types of tools and resources that houses of worship can draw upon to increase their preparedness level.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 


3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Coffee Break & Networking


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Plenary Session

TBD (Ed Stetzer)

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 


7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | SPECIAL EVENING EVENT

Panel: Refugee Crisis and the Church
Featuring: Roger Sandberg, Tom Albinson, Emily Gray, Matthew Soerens, & Ed Stetzer (facilitator)

*CE credits are NOT permitted for these speakers.