An evangelist, pastor, teacher, therapist and author, Rev. Pamela Sheppard's diversified experience in both secular and spiritual life is unique. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Albany District of the Western New York Conference, Rev. Sheppard has pastored two churches. Since 1997, she is the founder and pastor of Healing Waters Christian Center. Healing Waters Counseling Center, a business affiliate of the church, provides Christ centered counseling and deliverance with specialization in substance abuse and mental health. The RIC Program is a Christian counseling recovery model based upon the principles in her first book entitled "To Curse the Root: A 13th Step to Recovery and Spiritual Empowerment."