Hope Ministry Purpose

The mission of HOPE Ministry: “Extending the radical friendship of Jesus to people living with mental illness and their families by providing transforming love, support and HOPE.”

The heart of HOPE flows from three passages of Scripture:

  • " . . . I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15 NIV)
  • " . . . serve one another in love." (Galatians 5:13 NIV)
  • "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13 NIV).

We want to be the hands and feet of Christ by supporting those who are living with mental illness and their families by making them feel welcomed and loved by the people of our community. Our goal is to remove the stigma often behind mental illness by educating our community and providing transforming love, support and HOPE.

Scroll down to discover more about the HOPE Ministry at EVC . . . 


The ministry leaders for Hope Ministry are

Bruce and Debby Barrick. Their contact information is:

(817) 847-5400 ext. 8



If God is calling you to partner with the HOPE Ministry as a volunteer, please CLICK HERE.  Fill out our online form and we will be in touch with you. Thank you for your interest!

Hope Support Groups

For any group NOT on Sunday, please park near and enter the East entrance to the Children's Ministry Hallway. Thank you.

Off Campus Support Groups denoted in RED

* childcare available for Support Groups highlighted in yellow

Living with HOPE – For those living with Depression and/or Anxiety

These support groups are designed to be a source of support and open dialogue for people struggling with depression, anxiety or other types of mental illness. We give participants a chance to share their concerns, frustrations, ask questions and share breakthroughs to benefit others in the group.  Please Note: We are not a therapy group, nor is the group designed to replace therapy or interfere with any medical treatment being received by participants.

We have four different groups to choose from:

1st Sundays, 1:15 - 3:15pm for Adults led by Amy and Starlyn in Classroom 115

1st Sundays, 1:15 - 3:15pm for Young Adults (ages 18-25) led by Cherie and Sarah in Classroom 110

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm led by Krystle and Lisa in Classroom 114

1st Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm for Adults led by Chris and Sabrina - The Hills Church in North Richland Hills (starting in April!)

Families with HOPE - For families and loved ones of those with a Mental Illness

These support groups provide an environment where you can share your burdens, glean from others experience and find strength being with people who are on the same path.

We have four different groups to choose from meeting in Classroom 114:

1st Saturdays, 11:00am -1:00pm led by Jimmy, Misty and Terence

2nd Saturdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm led by Arlene and Sharon

1st Sundays, 1:15 - 3:15pm led by Peggy, Jorge & Blanca

1st Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm - The Hills church in North Richland Hills (starting in May!)

Students with HOPE – For Middle and High School Girls and Boys

Are you feeling hopeless and overwhelmed with life?  Each of us face different challenges and each of us has a unique story.  When we come together to share our stories we are able to offer each other support and encouragement. 

ALL Student Groups meet 1st Sundays of the month, 1:15 - 3:15pm:

Girls -- led by Paola and Michelle in Classroom 111

Boys -- led by Chris and Jon in Classroom 113

Veterans with HOPE - For Veterans of the Armed Forces

Get together with other veterans and share your experiences in a setting where what is shared in the group, stays in the group.  We encourage one another as we look to God and the Bible for strength to face our challenges and for answers to our questions.  

Please Note:  We are not a therapy group, nor is the group designed to replace therapy or interfere with any medical treatment being received by participants.

1st Sundays of the month, 1:15 - 3:15pm led by Terence and Misty in Classroom 104


NAMI Family-to-Family

Our class leaders are being trained in February 2019 and the

first class schedule will be announced soon thereafter!

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:

• How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively

• Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

• Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion

• Finding and using local supports and services

• Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain

• Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects

• The impact of mental illness on the entire family