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Caring for People with Mental Health Challenges and Promoting Mental Well-Being in Church Congregations

February 15-17, 2021
Live Online


February 15
7:00 pm
Lecture 1:
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made:
An Integrative Framework of Personhood and Mental Illness
Dr. Helen NohThe opening lecture of the 2021 Simpson Lectures. Stay for the Q&A following the live lecture with Dr. Noh.
February 16
11:00 am
Self-Care While Caring for Others
Rev. April YamasakiJoin author and pastor Rev. April Yamasaki for a one-hour seminar on caring for yourself while caring for others. This thoughtful and practical workshop will be a blessing to you.
7:00 pm
Lecture 2:
Living in the Messy Middle:
Journeying with Those Struggling with Mental Illness
Dr. Helen NohThe second lecture of the 2021 Simpson Lectures. Stay for the Q&A following the live lecture with Dr. Noh.
February 17
11:30 am
Chapel ServiceSermon by:
Rev. Rénee MacVicar
Join the faculty, staff and students of Acadia Divinity College for a time of worship.
2:00 pm
Red Sofa ConversationDr. Anna Robbins with Dr. Helen NohJoin Dr. Anna Robbins as she sits down with Dr. Helen Noh on the Red Sofa for a wide-ranging conversation about Dr. Noh’s life, work and more.
7:00 pm
Lecture 3:
Mourning into Dancing:
The Church’s Ministry of Healing and Hope
Dr. Helen NohThe final lecture of the 2021 Simpson Lectures. Stay for the Q&A following the live lecture with Dr. Noh.


Dr. Helen Noh

Dr. Helen Noh 2021 Simpson Lecturer

Dr. Helen Noh serves as the Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at Tyndale University in Toronto Ontario. Dr. Noh’s area of specialization in both clinical practice and research is in the area of marriage and family therapy. She completed her internship at Glen Roberts Child Study Center and Verdugo Mental Health in Southern California. Dr. Noh worked with children, adults and families dealing with mental health issues, including depressive and anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as family system issues, such as marriage and parenting. Her areas of research interest include applied psychology and counselling with an emphasis on the integration of psychology, theology and spirituality.

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Rev. April Yamasaki Seminar Speaker

Rev. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications, including Christian CenturyChristianity TodayThe Redbud PostGodspaceVision: A Journal for Church and TheologyLeader, and Rejoice! Her books include On the Way with JesusFour Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strengthand Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal.

She is an ordained minister with twenty-five years of experience in pastoral ministry; currently, resident author with Valley CrossWay Church, a liturgical worship community; and often speaks in churches and other settings.

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Rev. Rénee MacVicar Chapel Speaker

Rev. Renée MacVicar ran into God’s grace as a young adult and continues to be changed by that grace every day. Renée has a passion to see everyone join God in changing Atlantic Canada one neighbourhood at a time. She currently serves as Associate Pastor of Community Engagement at Hillside Baptist Church, Moncton, NB.

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We are happy to be able to offer our Annual Simpson Lectures free of charge through the financial support of individuals and churches.
You can register for free using the small form below. You will receive a confirmation email from us immediately.
Further information and connection information will be made available prior to the lectures.
If you have questions or require assistance, please contact our Events Co-ordinator, Trisha Urquhart.

About the Simpson Lectures

Mr. Gerald K. Simpson of Fairhaven, Deer Island, New Brunswick, established an endowment in 1979 to finance an annual series of lectures on the practice of ministry prepared primarily for students, pastors, and spouses. The lecturers are outstanding persons in ministry who focus on the role of the minister as both preacher and pastor. This lectureship has welcomed many distinguished preachers including John N. Gladstone, Haddon W. Robinson, Alan Sell, and Gardner Taylor. The annual series is directed by Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe, John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship of ADC.

We are grateful for Gerald Simpson’s generosity by which this lectureship was founded. The series continues to be offered free of charge through the generous support of individuals and churches. To support the work of Acadia Divinity College through the Simpson Lectures please give using the link below.