Mental Health and Missions Conference (MHM)

November 21-24, 2019

Potawatomi Inn, Angola, Indiana

What is MHM?

 Focus on Unique Issues Facing Mental Health Professionals Serving in the World of Missions

Mutual Encouragement

Professional Development

Intellectually Stimulating

Personally Refreshing

2019 Theme: Collected Wisdom: Enhancing Missionary Flourishing

November 21-24, 2019

Plenary Sessions Presenters
40th MHM Celebration Nancy Crawford & Karen Carr
Common Practices of Those Who Flourish Steve Sweatman
Wholistic Member Care Alex Galloway
What Missionaries Share About How They Became Resilient: Three Key Supportive Relationships Geoff Whiteman
(Title TBD) Duncan Westwood
Workshops Presenters
Help–I’m a Licensed Counselor in a Member Care World! Mark Burkholder
God’s Wounded Servants: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse Deborah Byler & Cherilyn Johnson
Perspective Stress Training – A Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer Case Study Leonard Cerny
Predictable Factors in Flourishing: Evident in 27 Years’ Holistic, Group, Residential Programs Lois Dodds
(Title TBD) Jill Dodge & Judyann Gallego-Leonard
Clinical Model for Wholistic Member Care—A Multi-Modal Approach Alex Galloway
Putting on the Lens of Life and Leader Development Amy Galloway
Clinic Return to Palau: Missionary Trauma and the Pathway to Recovery Ann Hamel
Healing the Medical Soul: Helping Healthcare Professionals Who Serve Cross-Culturally to Flourish Stan Haegert, Charlie & Frauke Schaefer
What Prevents Flourishing Tim Hibma Panel
Group Intervention for the Treatment of Trauma-Related Experiences David Lane and Liz Norris
A Model of Member Care: A Wholistic Approach to Member Health Ned & Marlene McGrady
Fostering Wellness: A Data-Driven Exploration of Ministry-Specific Sources of Satisfaction and Stress Wanda Malcolm & Beth Anne Fisher
(Title TBD) Philip Nelson and Nancy Crawford
Flourishing: Sharing God’s Ministry of Comfort to Us with Others Ruth Van Reken

2019 Rates

Double Room  $ TBD
Single Room  $ TBD

* Single room reservations are for one person only.
STUDENTS: Please request the Discount Code at, including the name of your school and the degree that you are pursuing.


The affirmation and encouragement of my calling to care for missionaries, learning better ways to do it, and being a part of a like-minded community is exceptionally valuable.
MHM Attendee

I got to gather information, had stimulating thoughts, and left with ideas for implementation; all of this while still feeling recharged. Thanks!
MHM Attendee

It is so great to have time to network and interact face-to-face with colleagues, and also hear personal stories related to theoretical concepts. On top of that, I learned practical ways to connect experience/training with opportunities for service.
MHM Attendee

I enjoyed networking and the excellent integration of mental health issues, spiritual issues, and missionary stressors and how to resolve and heal, assess and prevent.
MHM Attendee

This conference is the one to go to if you are interested in taking care of God’s people and getting help to do it! There’s networking (with time to build the relationships), competent speakers, and countless resources available. All of this and there is still a main focus on taking care of your heart through worship, encouragement, and time to rest!
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MHM is meant for counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and any other mental health providers. Such individuals will find this conference relationally rich and professionally invigorating. Although member care personnel and leaders from mission agencies are welcome, please recognize that presenters will be targeting mental health practitioners.

What are the unique issues that are facing mental health professionals who serve in the world of missions? How can we learn from each other so that we can serve cross-cultural workers more effectively? These questions are at the heart of the Mental Health & Missions (MHM) conference every year.

The Mental Health and Missions Conference is held at the Potawatomi Inn, located by the shores of Lake James in the Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana. The Inn is within driving distance of: Fort Wayne (1 hr), Detroit (2 hrs), Indianapolis (3 hours), or Chicago (3 to 4 hrs).

Registration is open at 3 pm on Thursday. The conference begins with a banquet at 6 pm and ends on Sunday with a Plenary which ends at 11 am and brunch served until 2 pm.

The Research & Resource Fair is an interactive venue for sharing relevant research and ministry resources. Held Friday night, the fair showcases 20-30 organizational resources, literary reviews, and presentations of research. Share your valuable knowledge and organizational connections with the MHM community! To participate, please fill out a Research and Resource Fair form.

The conference vision and direction rests on the shoulders of a team of program coordinators from various organizations. As a part of their role, these coordinators choose each year’s theme and presentations. Additionally, Mission Training International serves as conference host–providing administrative and logistical support.
The program coordinators are:

  • Nancy Crawford, Psy.D.
  • Tim Hibma, M.S.W.
  • Kristy Fujiura, Psy.D.
  • Andrew Brown, M.A.
  • Karen Carr, Ph.D.