Mental Health Ministries

Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Author, Speaker, Consultant
Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries, California Pacific Conference

Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries

Biographical Sketch

As a United Methodist Minister and a person who lives with a mental illness, Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder and her family experienced firsthand the reluctance of our faith communities to talk about or to minister to persons with a mental illness and their families. Because of her experience, she started Mental Health Ministries with a vision of producing high quality resources to reduce the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities and to lift up the important role of faith/spirituality in the treatment and recovery process.

Helping faith communities become caring congregations became Susan’s passion.  She authored the book In the Shadow of God's Wings: Grace in the Midst of Depression.  This book shares her very personal story as she has struggled with severe depression. Susan and her husband were interviewed for the ABC-TV documentary, Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness.  Susan has been active with NAMI and NAMI FaithNet for many years. She was awarded NAMI California's Clergyperson of the Year award in 2003. Susan has presented workshops at numerous NAMI national conventions. She also works with Pathways to Promise and other national groups to lift up the important role of faith/spirituality in the treatment and recovery process.

Too often mental illness is viewed as a moral or spiritual failure rather than a treatable illness. Many persons with a mental health issue will go first to their clergy or faith leader. But studies show that many clergy are not effective in providing the support and referrals that individuals and their families need.  Because of this, a wide variety of resources continue to be added to the Mental Health Ministries website to help congregations become caring communities for persons living with a mental illness and those who care for them.

Susan has had the privilege of speaking at conferences and seminars nationwide with a message that hope and recovery are possible.  When mental illness is openly discussed, people will come out of the shadows.  It is her prayer that when congregations have the tools to educate congregations about mental illness that our faith communities will be equipped to provide care and support for persons living with a mental illness.  Hope is a gift our faith communities can give to all who struggle with these disorders of the brain.

Articles by Susan Gregg-Schroeder and other free downloadable resources are available in the Resources Section.