Elder Roland Slade

Roland is a Master Degree Social Worker with more then 10 years of experience working with youth and adult males whom have had contact with the Juvenile Justice System or has been incarcerated. Roland graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work with his Bachelors and his Master’s Degree.

Roland’s experience with adjudicated youth has been an extensive one starting as a residential youth home advisor, staff supervisor, and program director. Roland was directly responsible for resident groups and family group facilitation, as well as staff training so to remain in compliance with the Pa. State regulations governing youth residential group homes. Roland’s focus for both youth and adult males he works with is in utilizing the strength-based perspective with a holistic approach very much inclusive of the spirituality component as the foundational base of their recovery and support system.

Roland’s God-given passion is the driving factor for solving the violence dilemma that is confronting our youth and young adults, as it destroys their futures and our communities. Roland has worked with youth and young adult gang/s, sets and groups that are “most at risk” of becoming the victim of a violent crime or the perpetrator of a violent act against someone else.

Roland believes strongly in the reintegration of incarcerated men back into their communities as productive citizens. To seeing families made whole and healthy. He is driven in his efforts in assisting men in finding their way back to becoming responsible men, husbands, and the fathers that God created them to be. It is through his ever-growing personal relationship with God that has produced a faith in him that assures him that. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” He shares this belief with every man that God has given cause for him to minister empowerment and freedom to.

Elder Roland is the covering of Petra’s Prison Ministry


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