Mental Health Ministries

Mental Health Ministries Founder & History

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Founder of Mental Health Ministries,

Founder of Mental Health Ministries
Our Founder

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder founded Mental Health Ministries to speak out about her journey with depression while serving a church in San Diego. 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 founded 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 vital role of faith/spirituality in the treatment and recovery process.

Our History

Over twenty years ago, Susan took a sabbatical in 2001; Mental Health Ministries (MHM) began with their first media resource, Creating Caring Congregations. Creating Caring Congregations and the following DVD, Mental Illness and Families of Faith, received Telly Awards for excellence. 

It has been the mission of MHM to help faith communities become caring congregations. MHM founder had the privilege of speaking at conferences and seminars nationwide with a message that hope and recovery are possible. MHM believes that when mental illness is discussed openly, people will come out of the shadows.

It is our prayer that when congregations have the tools to educate congregations about mental illness, 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.

In 2021, Rev. Gregg-Schroeder retired and Mental Health Ministries after founding this ministry 21 years ago. Mental Health Ministries moved to become a program of Pathways to Promise ( The mission and vision of Pathway to Promise is closely aligned with the mission of Mental Health Ministries.

Mission: Pathways to Promise collaborates with faith and spiritual communities to share resources that assess, educate, and effect change to welcome, support, engage, and include persons with mental illnesses and those who care for them.
Vision: People living with mental illnesses and those who care for them are welcomed and supported in all faith and spiritual communities.

Jessica Dexter, a consultant with Pathways to Promise, will carry mental health ministries forward in new and exciting ways. P2P will continue our mission of providing resources to erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities and create caring congregations for persons living with a mental illness and their families.