Dr. Ed "Doc" Golden

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He was named Outstanding Citizen Of The Year for 2015 by Blue Springs Chamber Of Commerce, and twice nominated in prior years. He was named Civic Leader of the Year in 2010 by the Missouri Municipal League. He has received 6 Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for his work in the community, which covers more than 30,000 hours. Ed was awarded the Daily Point Of Light Award in 2010, from the Point Of Light Institute for Community Involvement. Doc was selected to receive the IOOF’s Annual Good Samaritan Award for 2014.

Petty Officer – U.S. Navy 10 years. Viet Nam combat veteran. Served on board 4 ships and two shore stations. Graduate of 3 technical schools. Wrote Electronics Training Program for communications division. All radiomen were subsequently advanced on first increment for next higher rating. Uses his military experience to help other vets get recognition for their service through The Wall That Heals participation. He received a Congressional Resolution from Congressman Sam Graves, which outlined his service to the country and community. Doc received the Blue Springs DAR’s Patriot Of The Month for November, 2015 for his work with veterans in the community. He was one of 35 veterans selected to be honored by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder at the Capitol in March of 2016. His newest assignment is Chaplain for Viet Nam Veterans of America 317, Kansas City Chapter, and does weddings and funerals for fellow veterans. Director of “Heroes At Home” program for celebrating veterans and families of veterans who have lost their loved one due to service to our country.

On Memorial Day of 2017, Doc was the key note speaker and the honoree at the Higginsville, Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, where he was presented a United States Flag for his service. He was just invited back on December 16, 2017 as keynote speaker for the Wreaths Across America ceremony. On Veterans Day, 2017, Doc’s portrait, along with 21 other veterans was hung in the WWI Museum in Kansas City, MO, as part of the HOPE22KC project, to raise money and awareness for veterans with PTSD. This year the beneficiary was Warriors Ascent.

A Lifetime of Service

Veteran, Chaplain & Advisor

He was named Outstanding Citizen Of The Year for 2015 by Blue Springs Chamber Of Commerce, and twice nominated in prior years. He was named Civic Leader of the Year in 2010 by the Missouri Municipal League. He has received 6 Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for his work in the community, which covers more than 30,000 hours.

Dr. Ed "Doc" Golden



Ed earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate in Theology from Southwest University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Former Missouri Board Certified & Internationally Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He is a certified Johnston Institute Intervention Specialist. Ed is a graduate of the Unity School of Practical Christianity

He is an ordained Unity Minister, and served on a National Minister’s Assistance Team, for helping impaired ministers to attain recovery. He was Senior Minister in one Unity Church and Minister of Administration in two others, including the Founders Church in Kansas City. Ed is past president of the Blue Springs Minister’s Alliance. He served as Chaplain for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department while living in California. He received his chaplaincy training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City while attending seminary. During this time he also provided chaplaincy services for the elderly care unit of Lakewood East Hospital. He served on the Ministry To The Aging in Blue Springs, performing Sunday Services for Waterford Ladies Home, and St. Mary’s Care Center.

Ed is currently Chaplain for the Inter-City Fire Protection District in Kansas City, and just concluded 20 years of service to Blue Springs Police Department (2014) as Chaplain and VIPS Operations Supervisor, and Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. He has been Chaplain for the Missouri Peace Officers Association since 2012. He also serves on the Foundation Board for Missouri Peace Officers Association. Doc was just elected for a second term as Chairman of the Board Of Directors for Benilde Hall, a 70 bed residential addiction recovery program for homeless veterans with substance abuse issues. Doc conducted two weekly groups on Career and Relationship Development with the men in the program. He also helps veterans who are moving into their own apartments to get furniture and household goods. He is also currently Chaplain for Vietnam Veterans of America, Heart of America, Chapter 317, and created the Heroes At Home Program to celebrate fellow veterans and their families.

He was the VIPS Operations Supervisor for the Blue Springs Police Department, and supervised the day to day activities of 48 volunteers. He was a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Member, and served on the Board of Directors of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy as VIPS Liaison, until December, 2014, logging more than 9,600 hours of service from 1994 – 2014. Ed was named Missouri State Advocate for IACP/VIPS International to help standardize volunteer programs nationwide in 2012. Upon completion of his service to the Blue Springs Police Department and Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. Doc was given a formal reception, which included a proclamation by the Mayor of Blue Springs, and two plaques, along with a portrait picture, and a copy of which hangs on the Wall Of Honor in the newly remodeled police station, which was completed in 2015.

He was the founder of the YOU Scholarship award, which gave $500.00 per year to a youth who graduate from High School, and the Community and Youth Outreach Unit and goes to college. The fund is to be used to purchase books and supplies. He was a member of the “Champions For Children” mentoring program with the Blue Springs Police Department Youth Outreach Unit.

Dr. Golden also serves on the Early Childhood Development and Adult Education Advisory Boards for Blue Springs School District, and offers a $100 prize to the GED graduate who writes the winning essay on, “What My Education Means To Me”. He
wrote, produced, and directed a documentary video for the district titled, “Dare To Dream”, which will be used in many ways to highlight the programs.

More than 43 years as a speaker in the field of Addiction Recovery throughout the United States. Served on the Speaker’s Bureau for the National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for 20 years, and provided substance abuse education to schools, civic groups, churches, businesses, and various clubs. Helped to write and teach the “How To Cope” program for families with an active substance abuser.

Former Director of Addiction Recovery & Homeless Services for a local Mental Health Agency, and coordinated Addiction Recovery Services for another local counseling service.
Programs implemented, evaluated, and managed included Adult In Patient, Out Patient, Adolescent C STAR, Homeless, and consulted with counselors on program for male Cubans who were chemically dependent/mentally ill. He developed, implemented and evaluated the Gateway Program, a residential Addiction Recovery Program in 1990 that is still viable today.

He is the Founder and President of Celebration of Life Counseling & Consulting.

Author of, “The Unhooked Celebration”, a book on Nicotine Addiction Recovery. He has provided hundreds of seminars and classes for people in the process of quitting, since becoming a non-smoker in 1982.

He has been published in magazines, and other periodicals on topics of Personal and Spiritual Development, Motivation and Goal Achievement, Addiction Recovery, Family and Marriage issues, in articles, poetry, programs, and books. His current work is entitled, “From Skid Row To The Front Row, or When Drugs And Poverty Stop Working”.

He was very active in Inter-Agency activities in the Recovery Community. He was the original Executive Director of the Greater Independence Housing Coalition, was Chair of the Skills Development Team for Project Neighborhood, a member of the Western Region Area Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and served on the Board of Directors for Independence Plan For Neighborhood Councils. Served as speaker and committee member for the Coalition for Positive Family Relationships.

Past President of his Homeowners Association for 7 years, and uses his woodworking hobby to provide children’s furniture and other items for less fortunate families and institutions. He was a member of the Drug Free Grad Night for Blue Springs North High School. He sponsored the Rib Contest for the Blue Springs Bar-B-Q Blaze Off for 7 years, and served on the Committee for 9 years. Sponsored a little league football team for Odessa Little League, Inc. He served on the Blue Springs Well Link Committee, which furnishes dental care for children in the community.

He is CEO and Chairman of the Board (Emeritus) of Operation Thermal Reunion, Inc., a not for profit organization that hosts charity golf tournaments to raise funds to purchase Thermal Imaging cameras for fire fighters. The organization just finished its thirteenth year under Golden’s leadership, gifting more than $100,000 in Thermal Imaging Cameras to volunteer fire districts in Missouri, and one to Pembina, ND. That tournament will now be continued to benefit veterans programs.

Ed owned an independent Real Estate Brokerage- Was Top Producing Rookie in East Branch area of Kansas City for three consecutive quarters 1997-1998. Sold over $4 million in 1998. Member of 100% Club-1998. Was given Cooperative Spirit Award for office in 1998. Children’s Miracle Network Ambassador for Blue Springs office. Elected Vice President of Membership, WCR-1999. He is the founder and President of the Golden Family Student Assistance Foundation, which is a fund that helps children to stay in school.

As a trainer for international seminar companies, hundreds of CEOs and plant managers were trained in how to develop an effective plant layout using “Lean Manufacturing” techniques. Much of the content is devoted to the preservation and expanded use of human resources.

For 4 ½ years before retirement in 2006, he worked in the field of Vision Impairment. As the Mid States Regional Resource Consultant for Nagel’s Visual Aid Systems, Ed traveled throughout eastern Kansas, western Missouri, southern Iowa, and Lincoln/Omaha Nebraska to bring hope and help to those with visual impairments. He provided adaptive technologies, counseling, and support for those with low vision, and those who work in the field as well. He has written training materials for Vision Resource Professionals, which have been approved for continuing education credit by the ACVREP.

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