Health ministry has become a frequent focus of Sam Chetty, Collegedale Church associate pastor. The church has offered two-day health fairs for the community, along with cooking classes, health classes, and Dinner with the Doctor programs. With Chetty being an avid marathoner (as well as an ultra marathoner), it only seems natural that he would start a walking/running club at the church and eventually join with the North American Divisions’ (NAD) InStep for Life program.
At the annual NAD Health Summitt in New York on March 16, 2013, Chetty accepted an award for the walkers and runners of the Collegedale Church. Three churches across NAD received awards for the most accrued miles for an individual church. Collegedale took second place, with 577 participating members who accrued 74,869 miles in 2012. Southern Adventist University also received an award for the university with the most miles (2,827) and participants (54).
The awards were presented by Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division, along with White House U.S. Department of Health representatives, Heidi Christensen, associate director of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships; Dr. Jaime Torres, director; and Dr. Michelle Davis, health administrator.
Written by Sherrie Williams