About

pepertarWelcome!  My name is Pastor Todd Peperkorn, and I’m the author of the book, I Trust When Dark My Road: A Lutheran View of Depression.  This is my blog.  At this blog we deal primarily with the areas of mental health (depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, etc.), the theology of the cross, and the pastoral office.  Occasionally you will find other topics that may pop up as well.

I started this blog anonymously in 2007 as a way of speaking about depression and the pastoral office.  At the time I was on disability for major clinical depression.  You can read the book or all the back posts to find out more about that.  Through a series of wonderful events, LCMS World Relief and Human Care agreed to publish Dark My Road and make it available free of charge.  I would urge you to go to the book page and find out the order information.

If you want to find out more about me, you may check out my personal site here.  My regular pastor blog is titled Lutheran Logomaniac, and I would invite you to join us in that conversation, where I will post sermons, articles, musings, rants, pictures and all sorts of other items of interest.  And if you’ are really into wasting time, you can find me on Facebook here.  I served the wonderful  people at Messiah Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 1999-2011.  I currently serve as pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California.

My church body is The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, although I doubt my experiences are unique to the LCMS.

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Todd. I host a blog that is targeted to Christians who are suffering from a mental illness and the stigma that accompanies it. I know two Lutheran brothers who are supportive of what I'm doing and they led me here. I am seeking to list more churches where believers can visit knowing they won't be told their illness is a sin issue or doesn't exist. Many have been hurt deeply because of this. My blog is at http://www.morethancoping.wordpress.com and if you would maybe you might contact me at erunner54@gmail.com Maybe I could link here as well?? God bless! Allan

  2. Hi Todd. I host a blog that is targeted to Christians who are suffering from a mental illness and the stigma that accompanies it. I know two Lutheran brothers who are supportive of what I'm doing and they led me here. I am seeking to list more churches where believers can visit knowing they won't be told their illness is a sin issue or doesn't exist. Many have been hurt deeply because of this. My blog is at http://www.morethancoping.wordpress.com and if you would maybe you might contact me at erunner54@gmail.com Maybe I could link here as well?? God bless! Allan

  3. Hi Todd,
    I thank you for your courage in writing your book. It will give hundreds of Pastors, Priests and other clergy the courage to
    seek help. I am an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California
    in the San Francisco Bay Area and the father of a son who lives with us and lives with Schizophrenia. I have been active
    in the NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for over 25 years. I invite you to visit our website at http://www.nami.org
    and type in NAMIFAITHNET and see the amount of resources
    that are available for free. I would like to hear from you.
    My email address is FRCHET@SBCGLOBAL.NET
    Thank you again for your courage. You are a brave man.
    Rev.Chet Watson
    Chair, Commission on Mental Illness, Diocese of Ca. S.F

  4. Hi Todd,
    I thank you for your courage in writing your book. It will give hundreds of Pastors, Priests and other clergy the courage to
    seek help. I am an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California
    in the San Francisco Bay Area and the father of a son who lives with us and lives with Schizophrenia. I have been active
    in the NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for over 25 years. I invite you to visit our website at http://www.nami.org
    and type in NAMIFAITHNET and see the amount of resources
    that are available for free. I would like to hear from you.
    My email address is FRCHET@SBCGLOBAL.NET
    Thank you again for your courage. You are a brave man.
    Rev.Chet Watson
    Chair, Commission on Mental Illness, Diocese of Ca. S.F

  5. Your book was a great comfort and reassurance to me. God is there even when we're not happy and calm inside, and we are children of a Father who is always faithful.

    We're hurting like crazy here in Valparaiso after the death of Chaplain and Pastor Grega passed away this week. I have so many questions. I've loaned your book but will get another copy.

    Blessings and thank you for your openness and your honesty about the struggle as a child of God to know that we are not in control, and that Jesus is.

  6. Thank you so much for your site and the free download of your book. My dear mom died in January. I spent the past 12 years taking care of her, as she was blind and had many health issues. My life seems to have fallen into the hole caused by her absence. I have struggled with depression for years, but this grief seems like a boulder in the middle of my chest. I know my mom is with Christ, safe, whole, healthy, seeing. But I’m here missing her, and wondering how to recreate my life. I feel very disoriented and directionless. I know this will pass, and God will guide me as I step out in faith, but right now all I want to do is sleep for about a million years. I look forward to reading your book and gaining new insight into how to cope and grow through this difficult time.

  7. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    Prayers and blessings for the great work you are doing 🙂
    PTL (Praise The Lord)

  8. I really loved reading this because it shows that even Christians who have hope in Christ can experience depression. My name is Marissa Mayer and I am a Christian who battles depression and anxiety. I am 16 years old and I live in Wisconsin. I started a blog back in July and I was wondering if you could check it out? Keep on writing…love it!

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