Introducing Inclusion Fusion Speaker…Ryan Edlind

Ministry was never intended to be a privilege for a closed club of professional Christians diligently engaged in the promotion of one another’s books, lectures, resources and blogs.

When we set up Inclusion Fusion, our intent was for this conference to “be the change” that we’re advocating for in the church. We want to model what it means to be an inclusive church. There are way too many trainings and conferences that feature the same people with the same presentations year-in and year-out. This conference will always be open to contributions from any spiritually mature Christian with ideas or practices that help advance the discussion of ministering effectively with persons who have disabilities and their families, regardless of where they’re serving or whether they’ve ever had the opportunity to speak at major ministry conferences in the past.

To that end, I’m delighted to introduce Ryan Edlind, our first Inclusion Fusion speaker to volunteer a presentation to the conference without having received a formal invitation from our Program Committee. Ryan will be presenting on the topic Church and Mental Health: Bridging the Gap from a Leadership Perspective.

Dealing with leadership in mental health and faith based organizations can be wonderful and terrible at the same time. Ryan’s presentation will address the question of how we can effectively understand the theoretical, theological, and practical tensions the leaders face toward working with them to bridge gaps within our communities. Discussion will include identifying specific obstacles to overcome and doable strategies for people who navigate the worlds of faith & mental health.

Ryan currently serves as Pastor of Care at Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio. In his role at CVC, Ryan directs the counseling & care departments in a 2,500 person church. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Baptist Bible College (1995), a Masters degree in Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University (1997), a Masters of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University (2003), and is pursuing graduate studies toward an M.Div. at Baptist Bible Seminary. Ryan is a Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor in Ohio and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan. He has also served as a leader in church ministry (teacher, elder, & pastor), and in mental health organizations (clinical supervisor, professor, hospital psychiatry, agency & private practice settings). He and his wife Jennifer were married in 1998 and are parents to Liam (2004) and Tyler (2007).

For a sample of Ryan’s teaching, check out this recording of a sermon he preached on a topic of great relevance to readers of this blog…

Why do bad things happen to good people?

We hope to offer a platform to other leaders like Ryan who share their ideas and strategies through Inclusion Fusion in the years ahead.

Ryan will be among over 20 of the church’s leading experts in children’s ministry and disability ministry joining with us this November 3rd-5th to put on a FREE Special Needs Ministry Web Summit for church staff, volunteers, family members and caregivers everywhere. That’s Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s First Annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit, featuring this year’s Keynote Speaker, Chuck SwindollRegister here for the Special Needs Ministry Web Summit, coming this November 3rd-5th.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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1 Response to Introducing Inclusion Fusion Speaker…Ryan Edlind

  1. mark215 says:

    Very excited to see Ryan on board for the conference! I can’t wait to hear him speak. I’m also majorly impressed with all the graduate degrees he has obtained. Being a life-longer learner is key to personal, professional and spiritual growth… way to go Ryan!


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