Champions Network

Champions Group

Central Ohio

Champion: Matt Gossard
Email: mattgossard@ymail.com
Phone: 740-396-9470
Meeting Date/Time: Wednesday 6:00 pm
Meeting Location: Grove City Church of the Naz, 4770 Hoover Road, Grove City, OH 43123, Room 107/109

Champion: John Paul Sharp
Email: sharp.john09@gmail.com
Phone: 614-753-8116
Meeting Date/Time: Sunday 8:00 pm
Meeting Location: 442 S. Eureka Ave., Columbus, OH

Champion: Mitch Kennedy
Email: gmkva62@gmail.com
Meeting Date/Time: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm (starting November 29, 2018)
Meeting Location: The Chapel – Grace Fellowship, 575 Diley Road, Pickerington, OH 43147

Champion: Dustin Sleeper
Email: Dustinsleeper@gmail.com
Meeting Date/Time: Monday 6:30 pm
Meeting Location: 280 S. Chase Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Champion: Alex Naish
Email: alexsnaish@gmail.com
Phone: 614-420-1097
Meeting Date/Time: Monday 7:30-8:30pm
Meeting Location: Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg, OH (behind the church in the Richards Building, aka Fieldhouse)

East Central Ohio

Champion: Licking County Champions Network
Crisis Line: 614-859-9360
Meeting Date/Time:
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm
Meeting Location:
195 S. 5th Street, Newark, OH 43055

South Central Ohio

Champion: Tim Medukas
Email: timmedukas@yahoo.com
Phone: 740-708-0441
Meeting Date/Time: Thursday 7:30-8:30 pm
Meeting Location: Grace United Methodist Church, 104 S. High Street, Waverly, OH 45690

Champion: Corey Sword
Email: corey.sword@hotmail.com
Phone: 740-606-7282
Meeting Date/Time: Sunday 8:00 am, Wednesday 6:00 pm
Meeting Location: Grace Community Church, 525 Glenn Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160

Southwest Ohio

Champion: Rusty Toadvine
Email: rtoadvine@hishopemission.org
Phone: 937-846-8005
Meeting Date/Time: Men’s Group Monday 8:00 pm, Women’s Group Monday 6:00 pm (times change, please call)
Meeting Location: His Hope Adult & Teen Challenge, 201 N. Fourth St., Miamisburg, OH 45342

Don’t see your group listed?

Email us to be added to this list.

Please include this information:

  • Champion’s Name
  • Champion’s email address
  • Champion’s phone number
  • Your meeting day and time
  • Your meeting location
Step 2

Pack Your Bag

The following is a list of items that may be brought in to The Refuge. We can supply these items if necessary. Anyone bringing anything beyond the items listed above will be required to donate extra items to the ministry. We do not have enough storage for everyone’s personal items, so please do not plan to bring them unless specified! (Exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis.)


1 Bible & Notebook


8 pairs of pants or shorts (seasonally-appropriate)


8 shirts (seasonally-appropriate)


3 Pairs of shoes


3 sweaters or sweatshirts (if seasonally-appropriate)


Personal hygiene products (no alcohol)

1 shampoo, 1 conditioner, 1 body wash/soap, 1 deodorant, 1 non-electric toothbrush, 1 tube of toothpaste, 1 bag of non-electric razors, 1 can shaving cream, 1 hair style product.

Step 3

Come To Orientation

Men’s Orientation is our version of what’s called “Intake” in some other places. You do not need to call to make a reservation or let us know that you are coming. Every weekend, we will post on our Facebook page and also our blog with the number of spots available for intake on the following Monday.

Men’s Orientation is open to the public. Potential applicants, family members, friends, community members, church members – anyone is welcome! Come check out The Refuge for yourself.

Columbus Orientation is held every Monday at 10:00 am at:

Veritas Community Church – West
12 S. Terrace Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204


Lancaster Orientation is held every Thursday at 10:00 am at:

Maple Street United Methodist Church
438 E. Wheeling St.
Lancaster, OH 43130

The first hour is dedicated to an informational session.
  • We’ll give you an overview of what to expect in our 13-month Men’s Residential Ministry.
  • Men who are currently in our Ministry or others who have graduated will share their stories.
  • We’ll hold an open Q&A session to answer any questions you may have. (You can find the answers to many frequently asked questions about our Men’s Ministry here)
  • Once everyone’s questions have been answered, we’ll ask any men who are interested in joining to conduct a short interview in a private room.
Step 4

Interview With Staff

If you decide that you want to join The Refuge, we’ll have you come
to meet with our staff and fill out some application paperwork.

This is our chance to get to know you better, confirm that you meet the
requirements to join, and help decide if The Refuge will be a good fit for you.

Interview times are dependent on the number of applicants each week, but please note:
Applicants must attend the information session to be considered for an interview.

Step 5

Leave For The Refuge

If you’re accepted to The Refuge, you will have an opportunity to let your friends and family know, and say goodbye before you leave.

Then, you will board our bus and depart for our Phase One home in Lancaster, Ohio.

You can learn more about what to expect there, and throughout your time at The Refuge on our Men’s Residential Ministry page.

Many common questions are answered on our Men’s Ministry FAQ page.

There is no cost to join The Refuge. You do not need to bring money, and there is no insurance required.

Our Mission

To change the lives of men and women affected by addiction through Christ.

Our Purpose

To lead men and women from active addiction to becoming fully recovered, responsible citizens who move forward and make a new beginning towards lives defined by new beliefs, values, and purpose.

Our Vision

To inspire fully recovered and responsible men and women of God who go on to live Christ-centered lives of Christian responsibility and purpose and bring still others to Christ.

Support Us

The Refuge Is A Non-Profit Organization