Sheila Martin, Director-Founder
Joe Walker, PSRR
My name is Sheila Martin, Director/Founder of The Rock Ministries. I have lived in Poca, West Virginia all my life. The Rock Ministries was a vision given to me by the Lord in 2008 while being faced with the realities of the life-controlling issues of drug/alcohol addiction within my own family. I continued to have the words “Take Back My Community” run through my mind. Living in Putnam County all my life, I knew that we did not have the resources of residential living in our community. With the support of my family, church family at Faith Christian Fellowship, Pastor Paul Boggess and Attorney Scott Tyree, The Rock Ministries became a reality. Over the years, the team at The Rock Ministries has grown and continues to grow. Some members have come and gone leaving their hope, strength, and experiences with us which has made us stronger. Today, we continue building a team of members sharing their hope, strengths and experiences of their own life-controlling issues allowing us to offer a hands-on approach to the participants of The Rock Ministries.
My name is Joe Walker and I participated in active addiction for over 20 years before getting clean and sober in 2015. My experience and life in recovery gives me an opportunity to build rapport and connect with our residents in a positive manner. I do my best to lead by example. I am a team-oriented individual who wants the best for each one of our residents. I enjoy helping our residents start and continue a new lifestyle in sobriety which best benefits them toward being accepted in regular society. I graduated Putnam County Drug Court in 2017 and have been a Recovery Coach at The Rock Ministries now for a little over two years. I am blessed to be a part of the team at The Rock Ministries and enjoy being a part of helping change people's lives.
Joe McLaughlin, PRSS
Sarah Badger M.A. Therapist
My name is Joseph McLaughlin. I was born in Charleston, West Virginia and raised in St. Albans, West Virginia. Upon my graduation from St. Albans High School, I entered the United States Marine Corps and went to college at West Virginia State College. I was married, had a son, and lived in Hurricane, West Virginia. My wife was killed in a car accident after which I spent ten years lost in addiction. I eventually entered treatment at Brian’s Safehouse where I found myself and God. Today I have three years of sobriety and am starting to build a family. All within God’s will. I look forward to being part of the team.
My name is Sarah Badger, and I am a mental health therapist with Compass Counseling, specifically providing services to The Rock Ministries. I was born and raised in Poca, West Virginia. I have been happily married for 22 years and have an amazing 16-year-old son. Upon my graduation from Poca High School in 1994, I began working towards an Associate in Applied Science (OT Legal Sect. Spec) and obtained my degree in 1997. For the next 22 years, I worked as a legal secretary and paralegal in Columbus, Ohio and Charleston, West Virginia. After having worked so many years in the legal field and seeing the havoc drugs and alcohol wreak, in addition to having addiction touch my own family, I was being lead in another direction. In 2015, I took a risk and enrolled at Marshall University as a non-traditional student (40-years-old, married, a mom, full-time job that I could not afford to be without). To say I was terrified was an understatement, but in 2017, I graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts and immediately following graduation, applied to, and was accepted into, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. In May 2020, I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University. I am happy to be a part of the team at The Rock Ministries and be able to help those struggling with addiction.