Addiction & Recovery

Helping others through the isolation and darkness of addiction

Saint James has embarked upon a new addiction and recovery ministry in response to the opioid crisis and struggles with other forms of addiction faced by so many in our community. Oriented toward hope and confidence in the abundance of God’s grace, we seek to develop the resources to respond faithfully to those in our families, our parish and in the community around us who have journeyed, or may be journeying, through the isolation and darkness of addiction. Parishioner Debbi Miller is the volunteer head of this new ministry.

Ministry Leadership

Debbi Miller has been a member of Saint James since October 2015 and currently serves on the vestry. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently employed as a staff therapist at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wheaton College (IL) and a master’s degree from Messiah College in clinical mental health counseling. She has many years of experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, incarceration and poverty and is committed to creating a welcoming, safe place in the church for individuals in addiction or recovery. She believes all humans are created in the image of God and therefore have intrinsic value. She and her husband David have worked in ministry together and have mentored and opened their home to individuals who are often overlooked as a result of the disease of addiction.

Global Addiction Recovery Partners (GOAL)

To begin this new ministry, a small group of staff and volunteers at Saint James has begun partnering with GOAL, an international organization who trains faith-based leadership teams to engage in addiction and recovery work.


As an initial step to educate ourselves, gain some common language around addiction and gauge the church’s role in this important work, we are using a survey tool developed by GOAL. The survey takes about 3 minutes to complete, is anonymous and will be available until Friday, April 12. Your input is invaluable; please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback.

Take the Survey