J.P.  Moreland, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

This matters to me because I have suffered severe anxiety myself and a number of my close friends have as well. I have some  unique,  tested practices and approaches that are effective in getting rid of these conditions.



9:00am   Check in

9:30am  Opening Session

with Dr. JP Moreland

10:30am Break

10:45am  Q and A

with Dr.  JP Moreland

11:30am  Complementary Lunch

12:30pm  Breakout Sessions

1:30pm     Dismissal

resource tables in courtyard

Kids track will run simultaneously with the morning and afternoon sessions.



Our GHFC Kids team will be leading a Kids Track during the conference. In the morning we'll have interactive stations going through what God's Word has to say about some key emotions (joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness).  After a free lunch, then we'll end the day watching the movie Inside Out. Email Teri with any questions you may have.

:: afternoon breakouts ::


  • What is your Adolescent Really Experiencing?

    Gregory Western, PysD.

    Areas of Interest and Expertise

    Adolescent psychopathology; Family Systems Interventions; Spirituality, Hope and Meaning

    Dr. Western has acquired over 20 years of clinical experience. The volume of patients seen early in his career has allowed a unique understanding of various mental health states, modalities of treatment and grew his strong internal work ethic. He has applied semi-structured treatment protocols in treating adolescents, couples and adults at all levels of care, including forensic environments. He is a former expert witness for the State of California, and he maintains a practice giving him a broad understanding of the human condition.


    His work and world travel have provided opportunities to understand culture in which he finds crucial and a fascinating component associated with online learning and each clinical case.


    As a licensed clinical psychologist, he currently sustains a practice in Anaheim Hills, Ca. Dr. Western is a professor of psychopathology, neuroscience, and Chair/Committee member of dissertations. Also, he speaks and volunteers locally with spiritual organizations to alleviate stigma linked to mental health. 

  • Covid Exposing the Real Grief in our Students

    Melanie Lopez – Public School Counselor

    MA Education School Counseling, LPCC Associate, MA Christian Education

    Melanie has been counseling students/families for over 25 years.  A former youth pastor in the Friends Church for fifteen years, Melanie has spent the last ten years serving the community as a full time high school counselor and adjunct community college counselor. 

  • Navigating Through Covid as a Special Education Family

    Callie WintersSpecial Education/Mild-Moderate – Downey Unified School District

    Engaging with kids that have learning and social difficulties is one of the very special gifts the Lord has given me.  Teaching is a 2nd career for me, and the feeling God gave me as I walked on the campus of Lewis Elementary for the first time was immeasurable!  I was exactly where the Lord wanted me!  I’m in my 16th year and feeling the tide of change; not sure what that means yet but looking forward to what God has next for me!  Being here today, with you, is saying YES! to God. 


    Bachelors in Liberal Studies - Cal State Fullerton

    Multi-Subject Teaching Credential - BIOLA University

    Masters in Classroom Instruction - BIOLA University

    Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential - Point Loma University

    Masters in Special Education - Point Loma

  • Mental Health through a School Lens

    Matt Tremper – Public School Counselor

    I have worked with high school students for the past 16 years in public education as a School Counselor, Dean of Students and Interim Administrator. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Seattle Pacific University, my Master of Science in Counseling and PPS Credential from Cal State Long Beach, and my administrative credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills.  It's a blessing to support students and their families within a school setting each day as they navigate and face the challenges of adolescence.  High School is a crucial time for students in their mental health development as they head into adulthood and I count it a privilege to walk with them through their journey.  As a father of three teenagers and one who tries to be a teenager, it's never a dull moment in the Tremper house!    

  • Thriving Mentally and Spiritually During an On-Going Crisis

    Diane Fillmore –Spiritual Director

    Diane is affiliated with the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association and Spiritual Directors International. She holds a M.A. degree from Biola University in Soul Care and Spiritual Direction as well as a M.A. from Azusa Pacific University in Religion with a specialty in Theology and Ethics. Previously she has served as a hospice chaplain and as a Care Pastor for a congregation of about three thousand attendees. Beyond her professional training, she shares what she has learned from having survived a heart attack, a stroke and six bouts of cancer.  

    Her passion is helping people become all God created them to be no matter what their circumstances.  

    Her active-participation workshop, Thriving Mentally and Spiritually During an On-Going Crisis will help you assess the current state of your health. You will receive tools for growth and further study and guided through applying a technique or two during the session. Diane will also make herself available for a complimentary post conference Zoom session if you’d like more personal interaction.