Wounded Healers Testimonies

Jeffrey Crick

Jeffrey Crick, BA in Christian Ministry & Leadership ’20

After 20 years of addiction and a period in prison, Jeffrey Crick found sobriety through one of our ministry partners, Wheeler Rescue Mission. After graduating from their recovery program, he became a student with City Vision. Meanwhile, he served as an intern at another partner, Knox Area Rescue Ministries. He completed his degree with City …

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Brittany Hargrove, BS in Addiction Counseling ’17

Brittany Hargrove was introduced to drugs by hanging out with the wrong crowd in college. After she became addicted, she dropped out of college. When she was arrested, she was facing a prison sentence. She turned back to Jesus, and entered a recovery program at St. Matthew’s House in Naples, FL where she was discipled …

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Scott Childress

Student Story: Scott Childress: Called to Ministry out of Addiction

City Vision student, Scott Childress, recently shared his testimony in the newsletter of our partner ministry, Place of Promise: “I started using alcohol, drugs, and heroin in my teens. Soon, I was using daily, and, for many years, I was able to successfully “manage” my drug addictions. After moving to Boston, I worked at a …

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Alumni Story: Corey Hicks: Better Equipped to Serve the Inner City

Before Corey Hicks enrolled at City Vision University, he received a degree in Biblical Studies from the School of Urban Missions. He eventually heard from a friend about City Vision, and he was attracted to the college’s practicality and hands-on experience that was necessary for him to become an effective urban minister. He later graduated …

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Alumni Story: Dale Hartman: From Prison to Mission Chaplain

Chaplain, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA In December of 1990, I came to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake in Utah. I been out of prison for about 6 months at this time. I was in prison for grand theft because I was supporting a drug habit, I had been homeless at times even …

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Alumni Story: Bennie Caswell: From Addict to Counselor

Raised by a single mother in Detroit and the Bronx, Bennie Caswell had his share of trials. In the early ‘90s he lost his teenage daughter to asthma, and his ex-wife soon after to cancer. This brought him to severe depression and an addiction to cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and prescription drugs. It wasn’t until the …

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Alumni Story: Brian Ostertag: From Homeless to Helper

Brian Ostertag graduated with a B.S. in Addiction Studies from City Vision University (CVC). Not long before, he was homeless and lived near a rescue mission that was a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). One morning, he went in for breakfast and the man at the door told him about one …

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