The Not Alone Conference aims to break down the stigma of mental health within the church and community, to equip the church and community to better identify and minister to those who may feel alone, and to connect people to resources within their community.
For too many years, too many people in our communities have been living under the veil of secrecy and shame due to their struggles- especially those inside our churches. Following Bridgette Marshall's suicide, organizations from Marshall & Madison counties felt led to do something tangible to address this issue in hopes of reaching those who may feel alone in their pain- maybe even unsupported or misunderstood by the church and community. We want to provide the church and community with tools and resources that will allow them to connect and empathize with those who are struggling in an effort to offer Hope to those who may feel hopeless.
WHEN AND WHERE:
The Not Alone conference will be happening simultaneously in Albertville and Huntsville, Alabama on February 22nd and 23rd. This is not a simulcast. Both will start at 7PM on Friday, and 8AM on Saturday. For a more detailed schedule please check the links in the navigation bar.
Albertville: Albertville Fine Arts Center - 402 E McCord Ave, Albertville, AL 35950
Huntsville: Willowbrook Baptist Church - 7625 Bailey Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802
SPEAKERS AND ARTISTS
Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives.
She is best known for more than 10 years as a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. As an advocate, she has traveled to 19 countries, calling the faith community as well as the public and private sectors to respond with prevention, care, treatment and support. Kay is also a board member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
When her youngest son, Matthew, took his life in April 2013, her life was dramatically altered by the catastrophic loss. As she and her family continue to grieve the loss of Matthew, she has determined to be a voice for those living with mental illness. Her message to the faith community is to eliminate stigma, shame, and fear and to create warm and accepting places of refuge for those who suffer.
President, Christian Thinkers Society
Associate Professor of Early Christianity, Houston Baptist University
Jeremiah is known for his unique communication skills and his infectious love for people. Pastors, in unison, have remarked regarding the timely effectiveness of his ministry in their churches often drawing record attendance due to his compelling content and fresh presentation. Read more…
Steve Marshall became the 48th Attorney General of Alabama on February 10, 2017. He is a native of Atmore, Alabama and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1990. He served Marshall County as District Attorney from 2001 until 2017. When he was sworn in at age 36, he became the second youngest District Attorney in Alabama.
Chip is a graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a Masters in Counseling. He has served for over 30 years as a pastor, marriage and family counselor, coach and consultant to leaders, teams and organizations. His experience and training combine to give him unique and powerful insight into the blind spots and blockages most of us deal with in our personal life, our families and our work. He currently serves as a staff pastor at Seacoast Church. He has been married for over 40 years and has three married children and six grandchildren.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY
Peterson’s twenty years of creative output as a songwriter and novelist had already served to articulate and shape the longings of hundreds of thousands of fans, turning and training their desires towards eternal things. His poetic and theologically rich expressions have been always honest, sometimes painful, ever restless, ever hopeful, ever human. He is the rare artist who clearly sees his talent, not as a reason for pride and self-promotion, but as a thing he is given primarily to steward in the service of others. And it was because of that posture of humility—and despite all his recent successes as a recording artist, novelist, filmmaker, and non-profit organizer—that the unfinished Resurrection Letters project was always present somewhere in the back of his mind unsettling him like a splinter under skin. Read more…