The members of the Wayzata Community Church Mental Health Ministry would like to share with you what we have been working on for the past year. Chairman Rick Graft and the members of the committee have been working to fulfill our mission of providing resources to church members who may be looking for help with mental health and/or substance use issues.
MHM Group Members: Rick Graft, Barb Fordyce, John Peterson, John Magnuson, Mary Bildsoe, Christine Litsey, and Gina Byers
Mental Health Ministry Forums
Guest Speaker Pastor Ed Treat, Executive Director and Founder at the Center of Addiction and Faith
Thursday, September 29
Wakefield Chapel, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Accidental drug overdose is currently the leading cause of death in the United States for those under 50. Drug overdose deaths now exceed those attributable to firearms, car accidents, homicides, or HIV/AIDS. Two times as many Americans died from an accidental drug overdose in 2021 alone than died in the entire Vietnam War.
Faith communities could play an important role in changing this narrative, but few of them do much about it. Pastor Ed Treat wants to change that. Pastor Treat is the founder of the Center of Addiction & Faith and is working to “Awaken Faith Communities to Address Addiction.” Come hear his story of how he is working to help faith communities save lives and bring healing and hope to those afflicted.
The Center of Addiction & Faith is a God-inspired movement to open the hearts and minds of faith communities to better understand the spread of addiction, it’s consequences and how to respond. They are committed to bringing spiritual leaders together, to learn about addiction and how to better address the spiritual needs of those affected.
Rev. Dr. Ed Treat has a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Luther Seminary and has been a parish pastor for 25 years.. He has ben blessed to have 24 years of recovery from addiction.
Mental Health Connect (MHC)
Wayzata Community Church holds a membership in Mental Health Connect (MHC), which works collaboratively with a network of 26 local churches to deliver comprehensive resource information and mental health navigation. MHC is an interfaith, non-profit organization that provides mental health and substance use support and resources for members of the community.