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The Lord Has Blessed Me With a Mental Illness

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When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1984, my relationship with God was complicated.

Although I was raised in the Catholic church, I had abandoned my faith over time and reached a point where I’d describe myself as an atheist, at best.

Not realizing my illness was beginning to take hold, I was in my early 20s when I rediscovered my faith in an unlikely place: the Kingdom Hall. I began studying the Bible. I obsessed over it, in fact. I was certain I’d found all the answers I’d been seeking, like gathering the missing pieces to a puzzle I’d been trying to assemble for years.

The problem was that my new-found faith wasn’t bringing me to a place of peace as it should have. It was driving me toward increasing conflict and confusion. I was convinced the passages I read in the Bible were being lived through me at God’s will.

In the years that followed, after being hospitalized and medicated (many times over), I came to realize the religious awakening I felt in the early stages of my illness wasn’t what I thought it was. I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses, yet I never felt quite right going back to calling myself an atheist.

And then my friend Dave, whose friendship was unwavering through my hospitalizations, brought me to his church, where I prayed and accepted Christ. It was the beginning of a deeper, more meaningful connection to God. Through the years, I’ve continued to strengthen my relationship with God. Sometimes I can’t believe I abandoned my Christian roots in search of something that was there all along.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Through God’s mercy, I’ve been blessed with a life that’s made me a better servant; a life that’s allowed me to advocate for others who’ve also been touched by mental illness.

I welcome the opportunity to speak to your congregation about my relationship with the Lord and how His divine intervention has created a full and happy life for me, including a successful career and a family. My mental illness is not a punishment or a flaw. It’s a gift God has given me to express His love for all.

I travel to churches all over to give my Christian testimony and to spread a message of hope and understanding for others who are dealing with their own mental illness or supporting a family or friend with a mental illness.

My goal is to connect with as many people as I can to share my story and bring understanding, hope, and education. I use my Facebook group, “Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children” to do this as well, and I encourage you to join the group and meet others who share an interest in helping their children and loved ones with a mental illness live their best life.

There’s no fee to have me speak at your church outside of travel expenses. If you’d like to have me give my Christian testimony to your congregation or group, contact me today.

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