Kentucky Pastor Leads Drug Rehab Center

Inez First Baptist Church Pastor Casey Carver stands in front of the old Inez Motel that he hopes to help turn into a drug rehabilitation center. Submitted photo

The Inez Motel may have once been a place where drugs were exchanged and even used regularly.

Owners of the rundown motel sold the property, which is located in the middle of downtown Inez, Ky., a couple of years ago. But nobody else seemed like they wanted anything to do with it. The new owner wasn’t sure if anything good could ever come from it.

Martin County is like many Kentucky counties in trying to deal with a drug issue that appears to be running rampant and destroying families daily.

Casey Carver, who became the new pastor of Inez First Baptist Church in January of last year, met with some citizens that spring to identify the area’s biggest problems. And the No. 1 answer seemed obvious.

“These drugs are all over the county and we’re right in downtown Inez,” he said.

Carver knew he couldn’t fight it from inside the church’s walls, so he stepped outside of them and took the lead on finding a solution.

The family who purchased the motel offered it to him with the hopes that he could do something positive through a community organization. The property came with no strings attached and the idea for a drug rehabilitation center was born.

“I told them to give me a few months to see what we can do,” Carver said.

What they have done is form a forward-thinking committee with the hopes that the rundown motel could become a drug rehabilitation center for men.

Carver, 27, is the president of a seven-person board called God’s Connection, a name that one of the board members, Linda Booth, came up with and seemed just right.

“It just made sense,” Carver said. “When we started looking at putting a board together, we went after go-getters. We are going to push through no matter what people say.”

Of course, there have been critics to what God’s Connection is trying to do, Carver said. But the board has stayed strong for this Christ-centered rehab center.

Carver, a family man with three children, also has the blessings of his church to pursue leading the center’s formation.

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Source: Baptist Press