Mental Health Ministry

Bethlehem’s Mental Health Ministry is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness as well as providing support to those experiencing mental health issues and their families through education and resources.

Mental Health Connect (MHC)

Living with mental illness and mental health concerns can be tough. Finding help can be even tougher. Mental Health Connect (MHC) works to provide community-based resources, support and education to improve access to mental health services and to connect individuals and families with the services they need.

Mental Health Connect is a collaborative of faith-based communities, working together to:

  • Support community-based resources
  • Provide support and education
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Connect individuals and families with the services they need
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To assist individuals and families

in obtaining mental health treatment, resources, support and education, MHC uses Mental Health Navigators, available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am5:00 pm.

We are here to help you open the door to resources and knowledge that can ease the pain, frustration and confusion of mental illness. 

For free and confidential help

Call 612-312-3377
Fill out an online form

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits and responsibilities of joining the MHC Collaborative, or about MCH, contact: Vickie Elliot, Mental Health Connect Director

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Monday Speaker Series

2nd Mondays, 5:45–8:00 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – Minneapolis Campus
St. Joan of Arch Catholic Community

This collaborative ministry with St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church is designed to provide support through resources, education and social interaction for people living with mental illness, their families, friends, and people working in the mental health field.

The Monday Night Mental Health Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Each session usually begins with supper at 5:45pm, followed by the program from 6:30-8:00pm. Due to COVID-19 we will not meet in person but will be hosting these events online beginning at 6:30pm. Participant certificates are available for mental health professionals and students. 

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Westminister Counseling Services

Life can be full, joyous and exciting. But it can also be challenging, draining us of the energy we need to cope and rebound.

Therapists from Westminster Counseling Center are available for on-site appointments at Bethlehem and have the perspective to provide you with the support and guidance you need to move forward if you’re grieving a loss, dealing with anxiety, battling depression, facing divorce or grappling with other major life issues. The counselors are licensed psychotherapists, welcoming people of all faiths or none at all to seek counseling and mental health services in an open and welcoming environment.

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Peter Bruhn, Therapist

Minneapolis Campus

Peter Bruhn, LPC, LADC, is on-site at Bethlehem Tuesdays and Thursdays for appointments, but due to COVID-19, Peter has been holding online 1:1 sessions with clients. Most insurance companies will pay for online counseling. Contact your insurance company for more information. Peter has experience treating adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. Services are available for all, regardless of any religious or church affiliation. Sliding fee scale available.

“I believe most individuals are much stronger than they realize, and possess an inner wisdom and resilience from which they are currently disconnected. Tremendous change and growth is often possible through adjustments in lifestyle and thinking patterns, and the tapping into inner and outer resources that are presently underutilized.”

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Carol Hornbeck, Therapist

Minnetonka Campus

Carol Hornbeck, MA, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and Indiana, joined the Westminster Counseling Center in 2019. Carol has 20 years’ experience as a training consultant to national and regional religious and secular groups on child advocacy, sexual assault and abuse prevention and response, clergy ethics, and parent education. She has a Master of Arts and is a member of the Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. She has training in Imago Relationship Therapy and Play Therapy. She was a program counselor at Refugee and Immigration Services.

“I work with babies and children, adolescents and adults as individuals, in families, and couples. Together my clients and I discover strengths they already have and develop new resources for growth and healing. I want to help you heal from past hurts, and live in accordance with your deeply held values.”

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Staff Contacts

Director of Congregational Care Ministries

Diane Waarvik

Phone: 612-312-3375
Minnetonka Faith Community Nurse

Heidi Peterson

Phone: 952-935-3419 ext. 215
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Harris

Phone: 612-312-3413