• How does Jesus meet someone in their darkness?

  • Where is hope found in the midst of real suffering?


FEBRUARY 1-2, 2019

Friday: 6:30-9pm | Saturday: 8am-4:30pm

Sovereign Grace Church | 1280 N Cooper Rd | Gilbert

How do we move from diagnosis to loving the whole person?
Can God’s Word really affect someone with Schizophrenia?
Can someone really be free from their addictions?
Where is hope found in the midst of real suffering?

You will walk away with a greater understanding of the gospel and how it changes lives - even those who struggle with mental illness and addiction.


featured speaker

Dr. Ed Welch

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary.

Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame Interrupted; Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love; and A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.


additional speakers


Trey Richardson

Trey is a trained, experienced and skilled Biblical counselor who walks out his passion for prayer and pastoral care by compassionately counseling couples and individuals. Trey is the Counseling Pastor at Sovereign Grace Church and is a trainer at Biblical Counseling of the East Valley. Trey's gifting to bring practical application of the gospel to those suffering with mental illness brings hope and help to the afflicted.


Rich Richardson

Rich is Lead Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church, ensuring every message points to Christ and the gospel. As the Global Missions Director for Sovereign Grace Churches, Rich is also passionate about reaching neighborhoods and nations with the good news of Jesus and to see it transform lives, including those suffering with mental illness and addictions. He also serves on the Leadership Team for the Gospel Coalition for Arizona.


Deborah Geesling

Deborah and her husband, Matthew, have a heart for those with SMI. Their own family experience has given them insight into the struggles that arise for caretakers. Deborah's voice has been heard around America. She has been featured in various publications for her advocacy work and has spoken at conferences and before government officials. Deborah is highly respected and regarded as an expert in this area.


Liz Beck

Liz is Founder/President of Hope for Addiction. Liz is passionate about equipping churches to care for those struggling with addiction, bringing practical, street-level application of God's Word to those who believe they can never change. A Certified Biblical Counselor and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor, Liz connects with people in their suffering, and brings the light of the gospel to the dark places of addiction.

die each day from overdose
151 just from opioids

adults in the United States
with SMI

Arizona babies born with drug related withdrawals

Seriously Mentally Ill
are incarcerated


Friday, February 1 | 6:30-9:15pm

Join us at 6:30pm for registration and light refreshments.

What IS the Gospel? | Trey Richardson

Moving Toward the Sufferer | Dr. Ed Welch

Saturday, February 2 | 8am-4:30pm

Join us at 8am for refreshments and late registration.

Addiction, Temptation & Voluntary Slavery: The Addict in us All | Dr. Ed Welch

Six Principles of Caring for Those with Mental Illness | Dr. Ed Welch

Sufficiency of Scripture in Caring for the Weak | Rich Richardson

Breakout Sessions

  • God's Word and Schizophrenia | Trey Richardson
  • Hope for the Caregiver | Deborah Geesling
  • Gospel-focused Addiction Care | Liz Beck

  • Our Obligation to Help | Dr. Ed Welch


    Registrations received after January 28 are welcomed.
    PLEASE NOTE: we are not able to guarantee conference workbooks and lunch afer Monday, January 28.

    To register a group of 10 or more:
    Select category and indicate the number of people. List names at the bottom of the form. Or register individually and indicate the group name at the bottom of the form.
    If you have questions, please contact us @ 480-782-0403.