My Story with Mental Illness


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Our Stories - Matthew 18:12-14: My name is Ben Elliott, and this is my story. Is it ok to have a mental illness and to still be a part of the church? What does God think about it? What is his plan? Those of us who have experienced mental illness, personally or among friends or family, know what it’s like. So, are there helpful – or even specifically Christian – ways for us to think about or live with mental illness? And for the rest of us, how can we help? This week at Foothills Alliance, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my own story of experiencing mental illness as a Christian. The Bible gives us a picture of a God who is incredibly filled with kindness and compassion towards those experiencing mental illness and their families, and a model for how we in the church can be too. This week, let’s be reminded together of the goodness of our Good Shepherd. Ben Elliott Rev. Ben Elliott (PhD Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen) grew up at Foothills Alliance in the 80s and 90s and is currently the Lead Pastor at Deer Park Alliance Church in Red Deer. Ben has previously served in a number roles at Foothills including youth ministry, weekly study guide preparation, and playing the role of one of the lesser known of the twelve disciples in an Easter production. The Elliotts and their two children enjoy an active lifestyle and the outdoors; Ben especially enjoys cycling.

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