Fresh Hope is a FANTASTIC and much needed resource for the
church! I particularly appreciate the emphasis on the wellness versus medical
model, as it empowers us to be active participants in the pursuit of healing. I
would have given anything to be part of a group like this years back. Now I am
so excited to help bring this ministry to the Chicago area.
MA Christian Education
blogger for BP magazine
written book that is concise, easy to understand and free of psychobabble.
highly recommend Brad Hoefs’ book, Fresh
Hope, for those suffering from mood disorders. Fresh Hope is an excellent resource that is informative and enlightening.
It will bring insight to family and friends wanting to increase their
understanding of their loved ones' mood disorders. Definitely a must read.
Encouraging, explicit, resounding in truth…begin your own journey
and allow God to redeem your pain and suffering into trophies of His wonderful
Allen L. Minnig
LMHP, C.P., Omaha, NE, 2012
Brad has provided a great resource for the faith
community in their effort to serve those who struggle with mood disorders. As a
“wounded healer” he has provided a theological framework and philosophy of
ministry for the church in partnering with the medical community on behalf of
those who live with a chemical imbalance.
Brad’s story of recovery and growth brings hope
to those who are not satisfied with merely coping with the challenges of a
harsh medical diagnosis and medication. It is an invaluable resource for the
church in coming alongside the millions in our communities who struggle with
depression and anxiety.
Brad’s story of integrating faith in his
recovery will bring hope to all who battle with depression.
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Christ Community Church
Pastor Brad Hoefs was diagnosed
with Bipolar I Disorder in 1995, after experiencing a very public and painful
manic episode. This episode led to him being asked to resign as the senior
pastor of a large growing church. After his resignation a group of people
formed Community of Grace Church and provided the Hoefs with a safe place to
heal and find hope.
It is out of this experience that
Brad started Fresh Hope in 2009, a Christ-centered support group for those who
suffer from mood disorders, as well as for their loved ones. Fresh Hope has grown
to numerous locations throughout the US, with new groups starting all the time.
Brad serves as senior pastor at
Community of Grace in Elkhorn, NE and is President of WorshipOutlet.com, which
provides creative worship resources. He also serves as a member of the State of
Nebraska’s Advisory Committee to the Governor on Mental Health Services.
Brad is married to Donna, his
sweetheart since college. They have two married adult children, Noah and Noelle,
and two grandchildren, Ava and Jayden, who bring them great joy!
You may contact Pastor Brad by
emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.