In Exodus 20, God lists “Honor your father and mother” as the fifth of the ten commandments. As a child, this commandment typically translates to being obedient and respectful to our parents. However, it takes on a new dimension as both parents and children age. As roles evolve, the parent-child relationship also changes and at some point the parent becomes the one being cared for by their children.

This workshop is tailored to assist parents, adult children, and caregivers who are currently fulfilling or will soon take on the responsibility of caring for their aging parents. This stage of life presents unique challenges, impacting both the caregiver and the one in need of care.

We invite you to join us for a day of learning from some of the top eldercare professionals in our area. Below you will find a list of speakers, their qualifications, as well as the topics we plan to cover. We ask that if you plan to attend, please register here so we can make arrangements for food and refreshments. It is our prayer that this day will inform you and encourage you as you seek to “honor your father and mother” in the final years of their lives.


10:00AM –  WORSHIP  Honoring our Fathers and Mothers – Andrew Itson


1:00PM – 1:10PM– Welcome by Brandon Pressnell

1:10PM – 1:45PM Initiating Conversations with Family, Building a Plan, Identify Care options – Julie Smith, Caring Strategies

1:50 pm-2:25PM – Financial Preparations – Marshall Dearing, Vector Wealth Strategies

 2:30PM – 2:45PM – Refreshments – coffee, cookies, fruit cups, visit booths

2:45PM – 3:25PM – Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Gary Dodd

3:30PM – 4:15PM – Necessary Legalities – Connie Glass, Elder Law Firm of Connie Glass, P.C.

4:20PM – 4:50PM – Q and A Panel: Gary Dodd, Connie Glass, and Marshall Dearing

5:00PM : Worship & Interview with Jonathan Barksdale and Mike Baker – Jason Helton, Moderator



In June 2008, Julie accepted the role of Marketing Director and Director of Education for Home Instead Senior Care.  In 2011, she became a Certified Senior Advisor and maintains that certification today. Julie joined Amedisys Home Health in 2019 as the local, trusted expert for senior aging issues where she served as their Community Educator providing education for seniors and their families about services under the Medicare benefit. 

In 2023, Julie accepted the position of Director of Operations at Caring Strategies.  As a Geriatric Care Management firm, Julie manages 5 Care Managers and 2 Care Associates in the Huntsville area. During her healthcare career, which spans 15 years, she has been a presenter for National, Regional, and State conferences.  Appointed by Governor Bentley, she served a 3-year term on the Alabama State Respite Coalition.  She is well versed in senior care issues relating to successful aging, dementia, dealing with difficult issues, family caregiver strategies, and professional development. 


Connie Glass is with the Elder Law Firm of Connie Glass, P. C., in Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Glass is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and is one of only five certified Elder Law Attorneys in Alabama. Prior to opening the Elder Law Firm in 1997, she served as the attorney
for the TARCOG Area Agency on Aging for over ten years and was previously on the staff of the University of Alabama School of Law.

In addition to her full-time practice, Ms. Glass also serves as a General Administrator of estates in Madison County. She currently serves on the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Adult Guardianships and Conservatorships. She is a charter member of the Alabama State Bar Elder Law Section, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Section. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Elder Law Foundation, and the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama, having received her B.A. in 1978 and her J. D. from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1981.


Gary began working with SIBI as an advancement representative in August of 2022, Gary primarily works with churches east of the Mississippi River. Gary is married to the former Faith (Rankin). Together they have two children and five grandchildren. Gary and Faith have been married for 43 years.

Gary works part-time as an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in opioid addiction recovery. Gary trained in palliative care at Vanderbilt Graduate School of Nursing. He is an alumnus of Ohio Valley University, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, a Master’s degree in education from Tennessee State University, holds a Master’s degree in Bible from Abilene Christian, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Harding School of Theology.

Marshall Dearing, CFP®

Marshall joined Vector Wealth Strategies, LLC as an associate advisor in May of 2020. Through detailed financial planning, he helps individuals and families transition from success in their careers to significance in their second halves. Obtaining the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM  designation in July of 2022, he serves his clients in all of their financial planning needs which includes income planning, tax efficiency, investment management, and estate planning. 

Marshall is an alumnus of Freed-Hardeman University, where he obtained both his Bachelor in Business Administration in Financial Planning, as well as his Master of Business Administration. He and his wife, Emma, have been married since May of 2020 and have been attending the Madison congregation since July of 2022.

prison minister

siegfried bill

I began working as the full-time prison minister at Madison in 2017. I am an assistant chaplain at the Limestone Correctional Facility and spend my time working with the inmates of the honor dorm. He also spends much of his time working with Project Rescue in Priceville, AL. Project Rescue is an addiction recovery program for men. I am married to Patti, and they have worshipped with Madison for over twenty years.

iglesia minister

beto huamani

I joined the Madison family in January of 2016. I started my career serving the Lord in 2000 in Lima, Peru, at the Lucyana Iglesia de Cristo, where I preached until 2007. On a medical mission trip, I met my wife, Emily, in Lima. We were married in Nashville, TN, in 2007. Since then, I have been working to help reach out to the Hispanic population as an ESL coordinator and Hispanic minister in Nashville, TN, Franklin, TN, and Peoria, IL.

I have a degree in Arts Education and am working on a Masters in Ministry. I have gained a great deal of experience with his field work in ministry and receive a lot of support and help from my wife. Emily and I are Alabama football fans (Roll Tide!), Kentucky basketball fans (Go Big Blue!), and Peru soccer/futbol (Arriba, Perú!). I like to travel, play music, and read. Emily and I are very blessed to be a part of the Iglesia and church family at Madison.

youth minister

jordan abrams

I joined our ministry team in March of 2020. I am a native of Mobile, AL but have spent much of my life in the Shoals area of Alabama, as well. I have a Bible and Ministry degree from Harding University. While at Harding, I met and married my incredible wife Lindsey, from Snellville, GA. I have been in full-time ministry since 2012.  In August of 2018, we were blessed with a precious little girl named Mallory. My favorite team is Alabama. I love the outdoors, watching college football, and hanging out with Mallory and Lindsey.

youth minister

richard turner

I began serving as a youth minister for Madison in January 2018. In June of that year, I married my wife, Sarah. I grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and Sarah grew up in New Hope, AL. We both have a deep passion for working with young people. In 2017, I graduated from Freed-Hardeman University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. My favorite hobbies include cheering for the Florida Gators, reading, hiking, traveling, and participating in athletics. I love being part of a church family where I can be one small part of a diverse family working towards growing the Kingdom numerically and spiritually.

preaching minister

andrew itson

Andrew is married to Lauri Ann and they have three children, two boys, Crews and Cameron, and one girl, Dawson. he began working with the Madison family in June of 2021. Before Andrew came to Madison he was the preaching minister at the Robertsdale Church of Christ in Robertsdale, AL and the Campus Minister at the University Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL. Andrew graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Faulkner University and a PhD in Leadership in Ministry and Religion from the University of the Cumberlands. Andrew loves hiking with his family, playing sports, coaching his kids, watching FSU football, reading, and eating at “hole in the wall”restaurants.

preaching minister

brandon pressnell

Brandon married his high school sweetheart, Cindy in May of 1996. They have three children, Kenzie, Gage, and Nick.  He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biblical Studies from Faulkner University and has been in full-time ministry since 1995. He has served at Madison as Youth Minister, Family Minister, and most recently as Preaching Minister since his arrival in January of 2000. In addition to preaching alongside Andrew, Brandon enjoys planning and coordinating our worship assemblies as well as spending time with our families, encouraging them with biblical and practical guidance.  For relaxation, Brandon enjoys almost every sport, singing, art, and hanging out with his family and friends.  

media outreach minister

jason helton

I joined the Madison ministry team in 2007 as youth minister alongside Brandon Pressnell. In August 2017, I transitioned into my current role as Media Outreach Minister. The purpose of my role is to create content that communicates the Gospel and connects the church. 

In 2008, I graduated from Faulkner University with a B.S. in Youth & Family Ministry. In 2023 I complete my M.A. in Online Ministry from Regent University. I married my wife, Ellen, in the Fall of 2011, and we have four children: Norah, Owen, Benjamin, and Nolan. We live in Harvest and enjoy hiking, Alabama football, Chicago Bulls basketball, good food, good music, traveling, photography, and Krispy Kreme.