Recovering Meth Addict to Speak at Bethel About Drug Dangers

The Drug Free Community Council of St. Joseph County and Bethel College will team up to present motivational speaker and former methamphetamine addict David Parnell. Parnell will speak on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. His program for the evening is called, “Facing the Dragon.” It will cover the education of drugs; especially meth including the effect it has on users, their families and communities.

Parnell spent 23 years abusing drugs, seven years of which he was addicted to methamphetamine. Before he journeyed on his road to recovery, Parnell attempted suicide by shooting himself in the face. The injuries were so severe that he was even pronounced dead by the sheriff’s office as he was heading to the hospital.

Today Parnell is more than six years sober and still undergoing reconstructive surgery. He now speaks at schools, churches, community groups and jails throughout the U.S., Canada and England. His story is heartfelt and is told to give hope to those who may be facing or know someone who is dealing with a drug addiction.

This event is free and open to the public. Some information presented during the talk may not be suitable for children. For more information about Parnell, visit

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.