Gideon Events

Secret Pain: Understanding Adolescent Suicide

Jointly Sponsored by Houston's First Baptist Church (HFBC) and the Gideon Institute

Houston’s First Baptist Church
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020


Featured Speakers
Matthew Stanford (The Hope and Healing Center)
Eric L. Johnson (Director of the Gideon Institute)


8 a.m. – Understanding Teen Suicide for Clinicians

    • $25 includes a one‑hour CEU and a Brunch, held in the Fellowship Center

10 a.m. –  Understanding Adolescent Suicide for Parents

11 a.m. – Panel Discussion with Q & A. Matthew Stanford, Eric Johnson, and Adam Mason.

    • Free of charge; maximum of 425 people can attend

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Past Talks

Living in the Larger Story: The Christian Psychology of Larry Crabb, Mabee Theater

Dr. Larry Crabb may be the most influential leader in Christian counseling during the past 50 years. His first article was published in Christianity Today in 1971. Since then, he has written 26 books, from “Basic Principles of Biblical Counseling,” published in 1975, to the most recent, “When God’s Ways Make No Sense,” published in 2018. This conference was a celebration of his amazing ministry through a consideration of his contributions to Christian counseling and the evangelical church by friends, colleagues, leaders in the field, former students and mentees, as well as Larry himself. The conference was hosted by Jason Kanz, and included talks by Gary Moon, Mimi Dixon, Ed Welch, Siang-Yang Tan, and Eric Johnson, as well as a Q & A with Larry Crabb and his concluding remarks.

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Miriam “Mimi” Dixon, MDiv, DMin, has been the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden, Colorado since 1985. She is on the faculty and board of directors for The Renovare Institute.



Jason Kanz, PhD, is a neuropsychologist in clinical practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Dr. Crabb’s School for Spiritual Direction and the Next Step School for Spiritual Direction in 2013. He co-authored and edited the tribute to Larry Crabb contained in the current issue of Christian Psychology. He now serves as the journal’s newly appointed book review editor.

Eric L. Johnson He is Professor of Christian Psychology at Houston Baptist University. He taught psychology for 10 years at University of Northwestern and Christian counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 17. He has published over 50 articles and two books: Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. The founding director of the Society for Christian Psychology, he is currently the director of the Gideon Center.


Gary W. Moon, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, and was the executive director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College from 2011 to 2018, and continues in leadership. He served as the founding director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation; and as a founding co-editor of the Conversations Journal (together with Larry Crabb and David Benner), and is the author of several books, including a recent biography of Dallas Willard.

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. He is a leader in the biblical counseling movement, speaks around the world, and has written many books for laypersons addressing issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety, shame, anger, relationships, and the role of the brain in psychospiritual problems.

Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale.  He is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  He has published numerous articles and books, including  Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective, and Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry, Full Service, Coping with Depression (with John Ortberg), Rest, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Douglas Gregg), and Lay Counseling (with Eric Scalise).