Jimmy Cassadore 

Jimmy Cassadore


"Understanding and Serving People Struggling with Substance Abuse - Church-based Models

Research on substance abuse suggests that 23 million people are in need of chemical health treatment services every year (SAMHSA).  Religious well-being has been found to be an important outcome measure and this panel presentation will review three church-based models for incorporating God’s Word into the recovery process.  

Participants will hear from Jason Jonker who will give an overview of RESILIENT, Crosswalk Church’s peer-led recovery group. RESILIENT utilizes a Law and Gospel approach to recovery that is based in God’s Word. The use of technology and new media in recovery programs will also be addressed.  

Joshua Mears from Christian Family Solutions will outline a dual diagnosis program that integrates mental health and chemical health services.  He will also focus on a model of Christian Psychology integration that seeks to make treatment captive to the truth in scripture.   

Panelist Jimmy Cassadore will present on God’s grace to the White Mountain Apache Tribe through Celebrate Recovery. Jimmy, a member of White Mountain Apache Tribe and a reluctant but gifted leader, will share how God has lifted up and sustained a five-year recovery ministry to the Apache people.


Jimmy Cassadore is a White Mountain Apache, born and raised on the reservation. His family was Christian, but struggled with the temptations of their environment. He is currently a ministry leader and participant in the Celebrate Recovery Program at Open Bible Lutheran Church, as a former/recovering alcoholic and substance abuser himself. He was reluctant to fill this lay leader position five and a half years ago, but under his leadership it has become the first successful, Native-led Celebrate Recovery program in the United States, with about fifty attendees every Friday night. 

Dr. Joshua Mears 

Jason Jonker