A Conversation for Those Standing at the Intersection of Faith and Mental Health


Strategic Vision for 2022

Since it’s inception in 2018, Intersect has been committed to supporting people at the intersection of faith and mental health. Our hope throughout this time has been to further a movement of people and organizations committed to addressing a critical but neglected space. In 2022, our mission and vision remain unchanged as we continue addressing gaps in holistic care among both faith communities and service providers. While the “why” for our work has continued unaltered, the “what” and “how” of our work has developed in ways that none of us could have expected.

Opportunities to expand the work of Intersect beyond our original scope have been coming at a staggering rate. What began as a program looking to impact a local community has expanded into a work with opportunities to equip people regionally, nationally, and internationally. What began as a project with a three-year agency funding commitment has expanded into an initiative with a diverse funding base including partnerships with several local and national institutions. What began with a sole focus on faith and mental health has expanded to include areas of need such as trauma, substance use and homelessness. What began with a one-person staff and collection of volunteers is expanding to include a team of specialists, a member network and a care-portal community of servants.

Given these emerging opportunities, it has been the perfect time for Intersect to undergo a strategic planning process. This process has offered much needed reflection and clarity around both where Intersect is going and how we will get there. It has additionally provided a needed occasion to slow down enough to look back as well as forward. Taking stock of Intersect’s journey in this way has revealed the dual importance of an approach that is both intentional and responsive. We will diligently commit ourselves to excellence while watching with anticipation for new doors God may open in the months and years ahead.

David Eckert, Director of Intersect

Recommended Resources
Below are resources for the purpose of wellness, education, and service.

Faith & Mental Health Summit

How does our mental health affect us as individuals? What about its impact on communities and churches? What are challenges in talking about, and taking care of our faith and mental health of ourselves, children, and families? How can we do better? Let’s talk about it!

Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Upper Perkiomen Community Church
258 Main Street, East Greenville, PA 18041


Intersect Seeking Care Portal Coordinator

Access Services is hiring a part-time Intersect Care Portal Coordinator for the Intersect program, whose work will be serving the communities of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The Intersect Care Portal Coordinator will assist Intersect Network leadership, review needs submitted to our Intersect Community Needs Facebook Page and oversee the delivery of approved services to our clients. This individual will also be responsible for establishing and fostering partnerships with faith communities, human service providers, and government agencies on behalf of Access Services to meet the critical needs of people throughout our service area. The candidate must be a resident of Bucks or Montgomery County.

If you value excellence, integrity and teamwork, we encourage you to apply or share this job opportunity with your family and friends.

Looking for a way to help those in your community?

Intersect: Community Needs Facebook Group

This Facebook group functions as a care portal for faith communities who are looking to meet local needs in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. We will post needs specific to the individuals supported by Access Services. These may include needs for relational support, material resources, and/or monetary donations. We encourage you to share this page with your family and friends. While we started this page to provide concrete service opportunities to local faith communities, we encourage any community members who are interested in giving back to join!


Become a Foster Parent

You can help a child make memories for a lifetime. There are many children and teens in your community who need people like you to open your heart and give them a safe, loving place to call home. Foster parents can make a difference in a child’s life by setting a good example and providing the time, care, and attention that every child deserves.


Become a Lifesharing Provider

By becoming a Lifesharing Provider, you will have the opportunity to open your home and share your life with an adult with an intellectual disability. Your support and assistance will enrich an individual’s life by affording them the opportunity to become a fully participating member of their community and empowering them to reach for and achieve their goals and aspirations.


Questions to Ponder

  1. Whether a congregant, clergy, or mental health professional, what is one thing you can do to promote pastoral mental health in your congregation or community?
  2. Where in our community can we be more intentional about giving faith a seat at the table?

Do you have something to contribute or a question to ask?

Intersect is brought to you by:


Access Services
500 W Office Center Drive, Suite 100  | Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034
215-540-2150, x1286    deckert@accessservices.org

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