GWU to Spotlight Impacts of Drugs and Alcohol

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Steve Dalton to Visit Dimensions Oct. 13, Share Testimony of His Battle with Meth

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University will raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drugs by highlighting the topic during Dimensions on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Steve Dalton, who overcame his use of methamphetamine two decades ago, will speak at the program, which is free and open to the public.

After emerging from his drug addiction, Dalton and his family resurrected a third-generation farm in Hendersonville, N.C., that was long known for its delicious apples and now its blackberries. The Daltons now offer the farm, Fruit of the Spirit Orchard and Vineyard, as a haven for families.

Dr. Tracy Jessup, GWU vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University, learned about Dalton through Steve McNamara, western regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). “He heard him speak at a school in Hendersonville and thought he would be an excellent speaker for our Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Program in Dimensions,” Jessup shared.

“Steve Dalton is one who can speak first hand to the devastation caused by alcohol and other drugs,” Jessup continued. “From what I have heard, his testimony of recovery is powerful, and I believe it will have a tremendous impact on our students.”

The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and to promote a sense of community. More information about Dimensions and mission opportunities is available by calling 704-406-4277 or visiting

For more information about Dalton and his family farm, visit

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4253 or email with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).