2020 AMEN Virtual Conference – Touch of Faith

Thursday, October 29, 2020 – November 1, 2020


Wednesday October 28, 2020

7:30 pm – Business Meeting


Thursday October 29, 2020

7 pm – Evening Meeting – Speaker: Brian Schwartz


Friday October 30, 2020

7 am – Devotional – Speaker: Kameron DeVasher

9 am – Plenary Session 1 – Speaker: Zeno Charles-Marcel

10 am Plenary Session 2 – Speaker: Roger Seheult

1 pm Plenary Session 3 – Speaker: Lyndi Schwartz

2 pm SEMINARS – via zoom

7 pm – Evening Meeting – Speakers: Andi Hunsaker & Giorgia Maghelli


Sabbath October 31, 2020

7 am – Devotional – Speaker: Kameron DeVasher

9 am – Sabbath School – Speaker: Harvey Hahn

10:45 am – Worship Service – Speaker: Ted Wilson

3 pm – Testimonies – Speaker: Milan Moskala

7 pm – Evening Meeting – Speaker: Mark Finley


Sunday November 1, 2020

SEMINARS – via zoom


Course Objectives – Plenary Sessions

Brian Schwartz, MD
Title: The Healing Touch of Faith
Plenary Session #1 = 1 CME


  1. Discuss COVID-19’s impact on society and the opportunity this provides to use the Adventist health message as an opening wedge to the Gospel.
  2. Describe how a strong personal relationship with Christ is the foundation to effectively engage in whole-person care.
  3. Discuss the role faith plays in healing and how introducing patients to the healing power of Christ provides motivation to make lasting lifestyle changes which lead to improved physical outcomes. 4. Challenge participants to actively strive to inspire their patients to reach out to Christ with the  ‘Touch of Faith’ leading to improved quality of life.

Zeno Charles-Marcel, MD 
Title: Spirituality, Religion, and Health: Making Faith Touchable
Plenary Session #2 = 1 CME/CDE


Behavioral objectives: By the end of this presentation the attendees will be able to: 1. Discuss the amplification of distress and erosion of wellbeing brought on by the COVID-19  pandemic 

  1. Describe how religio-spiritual factors affect overall health and the physical, mental-emotional, and social-relational dimensions of health and wellbeing (SHALOM)
  2. Discuss the ways in which religio-spiritual life is reciprocally affected by the other dimensions of health and wellness
  3. Cite research-based examples of associations between religio-spiritual health and overall health, wellness, or resilience.

Roger Seheult, MD
Title: COVID-19: The Role of the Medical Evangelist
Plenary Session #3 = 1 CME/ CDE   


  1. Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 in how it affects the human body 2. Discuss the latest information and tools for treating COVID-19
  2. Discuss the ongoing interventions that have promise and are currently being studied 4. Challenge participants to combine the tools learned with a spiritual emphasis in communicating with patients.

Lyndi Schwartz, MD
Title: Food As Medicine
Plenary Session #4 = 1 CME/ CDE


  1. Describe consensus views on nutrition
  2. Discuss what science suggests we should eat
  3. Discuss the relationship of nutrition to CV disease, Insulin resistance, cancer and obesity 4. Based on the evidence presented, explain how food choices impact the Holy Spirit’s transforming power.

Course Objectives: Online Seminars 

Friday, October 30, and Sunday, November 1, 2020. 


Harvey Hahn, MD
Title: A Fast Way To Live Longer” 


  1. Identify the scientific evidence behind intermittent fasting.
  2. Describe the various methods to implement intermittent fasting.
  3. Describe the interplay between intermittent fasting and diet, exercise, sleep, and fat burning. 4. Discuss how fasting does not just involve food but can extend to anything you partake of – entertainment, books, movies, thoughts.

John Torquato, MD & Joe Reeves
Title: Unity in Pastor Physician teams: “So the world may know you have sent me.” 


  1. Identify current challenges to partnering medical professionals with gospel ministers. 2. Discuss clinical benefits of interdisciplinary teams, including healthcare providers working with chaplains and pastors.
  2. Demonstrate improved clinical outcomes when treatment focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual care.
  3. Explore solutions that successfully join medical missionary work with gospel work. 5. Inspire participants to catch a vision of how God wants to touch others (physically, mentally, and spiritually) through us as we implement His methods of labor.

Rachel Nelson, MD
Title: Incorporating families with children into local health evangelism. 


  1. Identify how to evaluate needs in the local community and how to collaborate with community initiatives already in place.
  2. Discuss ways children and youth can be mentored in community partnership
  3. Discuss some of the challenges and ways to meet them when using young people in community outreach initiatives.

David Turay, MD, PhD, FACS

SUMMARY: As to Cyrus of Persia was commissioned the sacred task of facilitating the return  of the Jews to rebuild; so God has entrusted to heathens the lion’s share of caring for a disease  stricken world. Despite major medical advances of the last century; this health system falls short  of addressing the physical needs, let alone the spiritual needs of God’s children everywhere.  What an opportunity this creates for God fearing Adventist Christians; blessed with knowledge  of health and disease to offer something novel and refreshing. The ‘Living Christ’.  


  1. Describe the inadequacies of the world’s system of providing health care (broken cisterns). The woman with the ‘issue’ spent twelve years (nearly a third of her life) in search of a cure. This is not only true in developing nations, but also in scientifically advance cultures.  
  2. God does not allow anything to befall the world/his children without first thinking of a solution. Just like the plan of atonement for sins was put in place before the problem arose, so has God placed within our reach the solution to the world’s health challenges. There is indeed still a ‘balm  in Gilead’. You and I have been called to introduce many a soul to the true healer.  
  3. As the enemy deepens antagonism to religion in the minds of people, the Health Message emerges as the best avenue to reach the hearts of people with the GOOD NEWS of salvation through Jesus Christ.  

David Lowe, MD
Title: Health Ministry is Where the Heart Is” 


  1. Describe the importance of health ministry and the impact health education can have on patients and your local community.
  2. Demonstrate the increased effectiveness of health education and ministry when working with colleagues and building an interdisciplinary team.
  3. Discuss the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
  4. Inspire participants to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of their patients and the local community as a whole.

Brian Schwartz, MD & Mark Finley, DDiv
Title: Praying with Patients 


  1. Discuss the value and importance of praying with (for) patients
  2. Identify “do’s and don’ts” in clinically based prayer
  3. Demonstrate how to begin praying with patients
  4. Discuss how praying with patients can lead to improved clinical outcomes

Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
Title: Clinical Application of Lifestyle Medicine Strategies to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease 


After attending this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the multiple underlying triggers of cognitive decline and the various tests that can properly evaluate each risk factor.
  2. Review the evidence-based lifestyle medicine protocols used to improve cognitive function in patients with MCI and early Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. Apply the clinical principles associated with published case studies demonstrating beneficial outcomes in cognitive function.
  4. Expand their clinical intervention strategies for those with, or at risk to, cognitive decline to include Whole Person Care concepts that more fully utilize and integrate the role of emotions, socialization and spirituality.

Carlos Moretta, DDS and Dafne Moretta, MD
Title: COVID-19’s Impact on Healthcare Providers & Ministry 

Since March 2020, most health care providers are facing an abrupt change in work protocol. While most  have adapted to Zoom and other video technologies in their respective professional settings, it is  important to recognize the value of these systems beyond the scope of work. It is important to learn  how best to maximize these technologies to connect with patients, create opportunities for better  service and ministry, and maximize balance in daily living. 


  1. Describe the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic on implementing whole person care. 2. Discuss effective ways to use the internet and technology to engage patients in whole person care
  2. Challenge participants to use tools learned to continue to make ministry and whole person care a priority despite the challenges of today’s climate.
  3. Learn how video conferencing can help to nurture and grow one’s own spiritual life.