Addiction and Recovery
The Rev. Dr. John Kilzer
The Reverend Dr. John Kilzer, singer/songwriter and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, was guest speaker for October 19's Sunday morning forum.
Rev. Kilzer is one of the clergy of St. John's United Methodist in Memphis, where he focuses his work on recovery ministries. Those include leading The Way, an every-Friday-night service of recovery that combines music, dinner, preaching, 12 Step reflections and stories told by members of the congregation.
Over the years, his personal story has been a powerful one: from Memphis State basketball star to Memphis Theological Seminary graduate and ordained minister. In between, he toured as a singer/songwriter, working in L.A. and Nashville - artists including Trace Adkins and Rosanne Cash recorded his songs.
In 2000, Rev. Kilzer entered recovery, and his life went a different direction - ministry.
He's still making music, at The Way and also commercially - read this Commercial Appeal article about his recent CD release, Hide Away.
Rev. Kilzer's talk is the first of two in a two-Sunday series on addiction and recovery. On October 26, Shannon Tucker, director of recovery for the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee and president of recovery ministries for the Episcopal Church, and Butch Odom, director of behavioral health for Church Health Center, spoke. Audio for both talks is below.