The Gathering on Mental Health and The Church Features Top Religious, Health & Psychology Experts

Saddleback Church provides live satellite feed for television, Internet streaming & space available for reporters and photographers

WHAT: The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness.
WHO: Hosted by Saddleback Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County (NAMI-OC), The Gathering on Mental Health will include keynote speakers:

  • Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church;Mental_Health-Social_Share
  • The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange;
  • Steve Pitman, President of the NAMI-OC Board of Directors;
  • Amy Simpson, award-winning author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission;
  • Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
  • Chuck Hannaford, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice and consultation with churches for over 30 years;
  • Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University;
  • Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, UC Irvine; and
  • Father Luke Dysinger, M.D., D.Phil., Benedictine Monk; professor, St. John’s Seminary.
WHEN: Friday, March 28

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT


7:30 a.m.       Check In

8:30 a.m.       The Role of the Church in Mental Health

9:30 a.m.       Integrating Physical, Spiritual and Mental Health

10:30 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.     Helping the Helpers: Crisis Management for Church Staff

12:00 p.m.    Lunch Break / Pastor Rick & Kay Warren press availability

1:30 p.m.       Resourcing the Church

2:30 p.m.       Break

2:45 p.m.       Workshops

3:45 p.m.       Break

4:00 p.m.       Workshops

5:00 p.m.       Dinner Break

7:00 p.m.       Standing Together In Suffering


WHERE: Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630





Tickets for the worship center are sold out. Saddleback Church will provide overflow venues at the Lake Forest campus for anyone wishing to view the event by video feed and will also stream live online at
MEDIA COVERAGE DETAILS: Working press credentials are available for reporters and photographers wishing to cover the event from inside the worship center.

A limited number of spots are available for video cameras inside the worship center. A mult-box with a clean, live HD feed of the entire program will also be available outside the worship center for television outlets.

Select speakers and attendees are available for interview. Additionally, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church will make themselves available for interviews from 12-12:30 p.m.  

To apply for credentials or discuss specific details related to the event, contact Kristin Cole ( or 615.289.6701) or Larry Ross (469.774.6362).


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