Rescue Mission Leader to Speak at Dimensions on Nov. 25

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Written by Brooke Kelly, Communications Intern

Tony Marciano to Share Experiences from Work in Recovery Ministry

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The Dimensions program at Gardner-Webb University announces its 15th guest for the 2014-15 academic year. Charlotte Rescue Mission Executive Director Tony Marciano II will speak Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 9:25 a.m. in Stewart Hall of the Tucker Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1996, Marciano has led the Charlotte Rescue Mission, which ministers to individuals caught in poverty, hopelessness, and/or addictions by meeting their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.

Marciano served as the executive director of Central Union Mission in Washington, D.C., where he pioneered the country’s first family and parenting conference for homeless men and women. He holds a certification in non-profit management from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and teacher certification from Jersey City State College in Jersey City, N.J.

“Gardner-Webb University recently sponsored a Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Tony Marciano is the perfect speaker to follow up that emphasis by addressing our students in Dimensions,” shared Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president of the Office of Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University. “No one has done more for this issue in the Charlotte area than Rev. Marciano, as he has given leadership to the Charlotte Rescue Mission for over 18 years.”

The Charlotte Rescue Mission shares a message that recovery from any addiction is possible with Jesus Christ as a higher power. For more information about the organization, visit charlotterescuemission.org.

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).