Pastor John Franklin
Pastor John Franklin has studied addiction for years. Franklin will share his knowledge of the subject with the Detroit community for a five week course on addiction. Franklin is a part-time pastor at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and a professor of addiction studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. The pastor is also a licensed psychologist.
“I thought this was something, especially in view of the fact that there is a high community concern about drug overdoses, that needed attention,” Franklin said.
Franklin believes that the best way to fight drug addiction is with knowledge. He feels that the church can be a safe refuge for people struggling with addiction, but cautions churchgoers not to “judge out of the sin model” but to view addiction as a disease and embrace those struggling to overcome their addiction.