Please join us for our third annual Fall banquet. 

Each year we ask members of the community to join us to learn more about Renovatus.  We invite you to hear stories directly from our founder, Pete Higgs and from residents whose lives are being impacted by Renovatus.  Also enjoy music, wonderful food and hearing from our special guest speakers.  We’ll also tell you the ways you can get involved to help the ministry continue to restore lives through giving, volunteering, praying and telling others about our story.

This year, we have the pleasure of hosting two guest speakers including a testimony from Jason Goodman of the Metropolitan Drug Commission and keynote speaker Monty Burks, Director of Faith Based Initiatives with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  Read more about our speakers below.


When: October 19th, 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: First United Methodist Church on Carson-Newman Campus
2011 Branner Ave, Jefferson City, TN 37760

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Jason Goodman: Born and raised in North Georgia. Knoxville resident as a result of God ordering my steps to treatment there. Certified Peer Recovery Specialist working as the Regional Lifeline Director for region 2 with the Metro Drug Coalition. Father of two amazing children and marrying Alethea Taylor on October 7th this year.

Monty Burks: 

Monty Burks, CPRS, Ph.D., serves the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as The Director of Faith Based Initiatives. In this role his goal is to engage Tennessee’s Faith Community in open dialogue around addiction issues and to help them build their capacity to combat addiction on their terms.   Monty brings more than 16 years’ experience working with the Criminal Justice system in various roles including adjunct instructor at Motlow State Community College, Tennessee State University 2 + 2 Criminal Justice program coordinator, and State of Tennessee’s Lifeline project coordinator for Region 5 North, which aimed at reducing stigma associated with people who suffer from addiction. 

Monty earned his Doctorate in Theology from Heritage Bible College in 2016 and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011.  He currently oversees Tennessee’s Lifeline Project, and still serves as an adjunct professor at Motlow State Community College and Tennessee State University.  He has also served as a Job placement specialist, program coordinator, public relations specialist, and cognitive skills instructor with Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry’s jail and prison program earning national recognition for helping ex-offenders break down employment barriers.  He is also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Certified MRT facilitator, Certified Anger Management facilitator, and Volunteer Literacy Tutor of America. 

Read more about Monty's story here.