As we continue to explore topics including fear, anxiety, depression, and more in our Undone series, we feel it is important to highlight helpful resources available at Crossings. This week, we hear from Teresa Peden, LPC, LMFT, who serves as Pastor of Recovery Ministry.
Those who have met Teresa or even seen her in the halls can’t help but notice her optimism and passion. Teresa has been a member of Crossings for nearly 40 years and an invaluable part of the LifeCare team for 14 years.
Teresa originally thought she would be a teacher, but God had different plans for her. “I felt the call on my life to be a counselor when I was working for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services,” she said. “I have such a passion for my job at Crossings. I feel incredibly blessed to counsel and lead a Christ-centered recovery program that is for any hurt, habit, or hang-up. People often say that I see the world through rose-colored glasses and am an eternal optimist, but that is only because of Jesus at work within me.”
Teresa knows a common misconception about Celebrate Recovery, or CR, is that it’s only for those struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, or that it’s a quick fix. “Less than one out of five of our participants struggle with alcohol or chemical dependency,” she said. “We started CR at Crossings Community Center and Clinic in 2008 because there were many people dealing with depression and anxiety. I wish we had a magic wand, but recovery is a process, and someone only gets out of it what they put into it.”
Teresa wants to encourage those who are experiencing a difficult season to reach out for help. “You’re not alone,” she said. “Getting into Christ-centered counseling and engaged in a group gives you community and people who can demonstrate Christ’s love to you. I am constantly amazed at the power of Jesus at work in community and how people’s lives can be completely transformed.”
One of Teresa’s favorite things about her role is when she gets to baptize someone who has participated in CR or when she is a part of men’s commencement nights. “Nothing is more beautiful than seeing men on that stage who have completed a 10-month step study demonstrating love and friendship to each other. Their honesty, vulnerability, and camaraderie showcase the power of Jesus at work in CR! I love seeing people who have never trusted others finally begin to develop friendships.”
“You’re not alone. Getting into Christ-centered counseling and engaged in a group gives you community and people who can demonstrate Christ’s love to you. I am constantly amazed at the power of Jesus at work in community and how people’s lives can be completely transformed.” – Teresa Peden
Teresa invites those who would like to learn more about CR to come check it out on Thursday nights. Teresa also recommends listening to “Revive Our Hearts” podcasts and reading the NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible, Lies Women Believe and Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and The Language of Letting Go devotion.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY PROGRAMMING
To learn more about Celebrate Recovery groups, programs, and more, visit crossings.church/lifecare/#celebraterecovery.
Throughout our Undone series, we will hear from our LifeCare counselors and Congregational Care staff and learn more about resources available at Crossings.
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