Another young pastor has succumbed to his struggle with depression and taken his own life. Our minds swirl with questions like “How could this happen to a man of God?” or “What about our own pastor – is he OK?”
It’s time for an honest discussion about the mental health struggles of those in ministry. Chris Brooks wants to hear from the pastors and those who love them as we learn to care well for those in ministry. We invite your calls on this edition of Equipped!
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
American Association for Christian Counselors: 800-526-8673
Focus on the Family Counseling: 1-800-A-FAMILY
John Opalewski and his wife Laura founded Converge Coaching to promote a working model that enables leaders to be effective while maintaining health in their personal lives. The model promotes a sound approach to mental & emotional health, to proper boundary setting and the priority of a leader’s family over work. John served for 15 years as a pastor and has worked in the business world for nearly two decades in multiple leadership roles. John’s experience as a leader in both business and church arenas has made him a sought-after speaker, consultant and mentor.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.