Rev. Amy Petré Hill, Minister of Mental Health & Inclusion, has served individuals living those with mental health challenges and brain differences for over twenty years. Amy pursued a career as a disability rights attorney after graduating from San Francisco’s University of California Hastings College of the Law. In her 40’s, Amy felt called to ministry and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in 2016.
After graduation, she gained experience providing spiritual care to people from a variety of faith traditions as spiritual advisor to the Voices for Veterans Mental Health Council of Eastern Colorado and doing two units of Clinical Pastoral Education as a chaplain intern at the Colorado psychiatric hospital at Fort Logan and then in the geriatric behavioral health unit at Porter Adventist Hospital.
In May 2017, Amy partnered with Mountain View United Church to launch its Mental Health and Inclusion Ministries. She was then ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as Mountain View’s Minister of Mental Health and Inclusion in September 2018. She is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, NAMI Group Facilitator, and Soul Shop for Congregations trainer. As a member of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network Board, she also presents on mental health ministry across the US. In her free time, Amy enjoys watching baseball with her husband, Ernie, walking her two dogs, and making a “joyful noise” on her electric bass guitar.
Amy believes our congregations are called to be places of radical belonging, welcoming the gifts and life experiences of everyone. She explains, “Paul speaks of the need for every person and their gifts in the Body of Christ to manifest the Kin-dom of God fully into the present (1 Cor 12:12-26). God accepts each of us as “fearfully and wonderfully made” in mind, body, and spirit (Psalm 139), but stigma and fear can keep us from seeing our neighbor as fully human and as worthy as ourselves. I believe churches can manifest the Kin-dom and transform our world by including individuals and families living with mental health challenges, physical disabilities, substance use disorders, and brain differences into the full life, leadership, and ministry of our churches and our communities.”
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