Episode 103 • Suicide & Depression in the Church & What You Can Do About It with Andrea Hamilton

  • Written By 
  • Libby Lewis

This week’s episode comes to you preceded by lots of prayer as we talk about suicide and depression in the Church.

In 2018, Andrew Stoecklein, the pastor of Inland Hills Church in California, took his own life. Just less than two weeks before, Andrew had preached a sermon on depression and suicide, and how to battle it.

The Church was in shock… it didn’t make sense. Approximately one million people a year commit suicide and their pastor was one of them.

In episode 103, we are honored to be joined by worship leader at Inland Hills Church, Andrea Hamilton. When Andrew died, Inland Hills Church desperately needed their leaders to rise up, and Andrea did just that.

This episode is meant to educate, and help us all to be more aware of the warning signs of suicide. Especially in the Church wherein some situations, mental illness has been perceived to be the result of spiritual weakness.

Listen in as Andrea shares her story about how Andrew’s death affected her and the Church, and how even through it all, Inland Hills grew stronger and more alive than ever.

We pray this episode empowers and encourages you all and if there’s anything we can do to better serve you through this podcast, please let us know!

And for anyone who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or knows someone in need, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.


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