Pastor's Summit 2023

An online event for pastors and church staff to learn how to better navigate the complexities of domestic abuse









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Jill stayed in an abusive marriage for  15 more years. Why?

She went to the elders of her church for help after five years of coercive control by her husband. She was told to stay and submit even though she knew the Holy Spirit was telling her otherwise. She felt she needed to come under the authority of the spiritual leaders at her church. 

Is your team giving consistent counsel to protect women and keep their husbands accountable?

Join us with your staff and elders to learn how to effectively support women like Jill while biblically confronting controlling husbands. 

"I have lined up my entire staff of about 12 people to watch the training."

Pastor Mike Leonzo, Living Water Community Church, former panelist

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Panelists and Host

Pastor Dave Hess

Confronting Domestic Abuse in the Church

Dave will discuss the successful steps he has taken to support women and create a safer church culture.  

Dave and his wife Sheri serve as senior leaders of Christ Community Church, a vibrant fellowship of Jesus-followers in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. CCC has been a referring women to the Oasis Bible Study support classes for the past ten years.

He is an outspoken advocate against domestic abuse and has developed an effective care team approach this past year. He is the author of three books, Hope Beyond Reason, Hope Beyond Disappointment and Side by Side: Women and Men Leading Together in the Church.

Dave and Sheri enjoy ministering together, doing life together, and spending time with their growing family. They have three children and five grandchildren. 

Pastor Chris Moles

Confronting the Heart of Violence

Chris will share a biblical model when working with men who use coercive control.   

Chris Moles, MA, senior pastor of The Chapel in Winfield, West Virginia, is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the International Association of Biblical Counselors.

Nationally know, Chris is the Founder and Director of PeaceWorks. He offers educational domestic abuse resources for church leaders as well as online classes for men who are abusive. He has extensive training and  experience working with controlling men.

 He is the author of The Heart of Domestic Abuse and a contributor to Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused, as well as the editor of Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse. 

Diane Schnickels


Diane will facilitate this event specifically designed for peer to peer learning. 

Diane Schnickels is the Founder and Executive Director of Living Waters of Hope. She is a Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate and a Certified Counselor. LWOH is a 501c3 ministry seeking to restore hope and dignity to survivors of domestic abuse and equip others to do the same. 

The Oasis Bible Study, written by Diane, has been restoring hope and dignity to women around the country for the past ten years.  Women learn about abuse with God's Word woven through each lesson. The third of this three-book series just won the Oregon Christian Writers "2023 Cascade Award" in the unpublished non-fiction category.

She has led virtual and in-person training seminars for faith leaders and enjoys speaking to women's groups. Being a voice for our wounded sisters is her passion.

The Pastor's Summit Will NOT Cover the Basics of Domestic Abuse.

However, we created Hope Giver Essentials to do just that! The Hope Giver Essentials 4-video training will equip you with the knowledge you need about domestic abuse and how to support those it affects.

As a thank you for registering, we'd love to GIFT it to you. 

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1 in 4 Christian women are affected by domestic abuse.

In one study, 83% of victims will go to their pastor or spiritual leader for help. Only 4% said they would do that again.  

There is no better time to become a safer and more knowledgeable leader.


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Become more confident and effective when working with domestic abuse. 

What you don't know CAN hurt someone.

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