ADNet Program Director
In December 2010, ADNet's Board appointed Christine Guth Program Director to coordinate ADNet’s ongoing programs and team of volunteers. In 2006 she was ADNet’s first volunteer associate. Since then, Christine has served ADNet on a volunteer basis, offering special attention to resource development, the autism spectrum, and mental health concerns. Her volunteer appointment followed ADNet’s need to downsize staff due to funding constraints.
Parenting two adolescents with an autism spectrum diagnosis while contending with her own and her child’s episodes of major depression was sometimes overwhelming for Christine Guth (below right).
For Christine and her friend and fellow advocate Jan Bullington (above left), this incredible, roller-coaster parenting journey has fueled a passion for accompanying families as they struggle through the turbulence caused by a child’s disability. Their friendship has grown, in part because Jan, like Christine, has two children on the autism spectrum and cares deeply about inclusion of people with disabilities in her church.
Christine is grateful for moments during difficult periods when surprising encounters with someone who cared touched her and her family with God’s grace. “In the darkest of times,” she reflects, “we may only be able to feel God’s presence when it is clothed in human form. The vision that inspires my ministry is to be available for such moments.”
Christine is a 2009 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Academy, a year-long training program in disabilities advocacy sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. She put this training to work by chairing the steering committee for a year and a half that laid groundwork for a recovery-focused clubhouse in Elkhart County to serve people living with serious mental illness.
Christine earned a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2007, and was licensed for specialized ministry by the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA in 2008.
Christine’s ongoing ADNet staff role as Program Director involves writing, consultation, administration, preaching and teaching. She is available for consultation and speaking assignments.
Two articles on Mark 5:1-20 reflect on the story of a man from whom Jesus cast out a legion of unclean spirits (often called the Gerasene Demoniac). While not equating demon possession with mental ilness, author Christine Guth suggests that persons with mental illness find much to identify with in the character in this story.
Both articles were originally published in the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, Vol. 11(4) 2007.
Disabilities and the Church : Special issue of Timbrel, the magazine of Mennonite Women includes "Horses Live to Run," by Christine Guth, an article about living with Asperger Syndrome in marriage and family. Download the issue, then scroll down to page 7 to find the article. Or read it reprinted in the Australian Journal of Pastoral Care and Health.
Faith Communities that Include People with Asperger Syndrome
Asperger Programs for Young Adults lists postsecondary educational and life skills programs for young adults with AS.
Voices in Disability Theology
An Insider's Look at the Gerasene Disciple: Biblical Interpretation from the Social Location of Mental Illness
Christine Guth is coordinator of Asperger Autism Group of Goshen, which meets the first Monday of most months in Goshen, Indiana.
Hats off to Asperger Autism Group of Goshen by Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
"Community support comes full circle," an article in Spark, the newsletter of the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities.
Christine Guth honored for Excellence in Community Support by Autism Society of Indiana
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