Mission Recovery is a project of S.A.V.E., Survivors and Victims Empowered which is comprised of other individuals and professionals who have diverse experience and over 35 years of experience in advocacy and educating the clergy, churches, professionals, and politicians to address relevant cultural and social issues.
About Our Executive Director
Pastor Ron Smedley was born in Dallas Texas and has pastored churches in Mississippi, Iowa and Texas. He has been happily married to Kathy for 39 years. Kathy is a licensed professional counselor and has a private practice. In addition to her credentials, Kathy also has extensive ministry experience. Ron and Kathy are the proud parents of four adult children, two grandchildren and another one expected in May.
Ron is currently pastoring a church in Hopkins County Texas and has served the community most of his adult life in various capacities. He is a currently a trustee of his local school district and sit on boards of several non -profit ministries and agencies.
He has been a minister for over 30 years and has also worked as a parole officer for the State of Texas and a caseworker for Child Protective Services…He began working in recovery and rehabilitation in August 1996 beginning with the State of Texas Therapeutic Community. Also, Ron was one of the first pastors to organize RAPHA Faith Based Support groups in the church he pastored in DFW back in the early 90’s.
Because Pastor Smedley has been both a pastor, parole officer and a caseworker, he has a very distinctive and unique perspective on recovery. Having experience in both secular and faith treatment. We feel this has led to a perspective that brings a diverse and balanced approach. Also, we feel not only is his experience unique, we feel it is advantageous to our mission because he had the experience and training to take the successful processes of both worlds and use then to empower the faith community as well as likewise, address the system about the benefit, value and results of faith-based recovery.
Out of this dual perspective, he has first- hand experience to see both the magnitude and pervasiveness of the problem in our nation, and the many facets of the problem.