Heart for Truth is a ministry dedicated to encouraging and enabling Christian leaders to recognise the huge, untapped potential of those in our churches who are hurting or marginalised. So many struggle with deep issues such as trauma, depression, mental illness or anxiety.
God can and does use ordinary Christians to give hurting people the confidence to walk into the freedom which is their birthright in Christ. Our teaching and training equips helpers to fully realise this truth and overcome the challenges they may encounter.
Heart for Truth’s teaching is founded on the principles contained in Freedom in Christ Ministries’ discipleship training. FICM highly recommend our approach for equipping the church to restore the wounded.
To find out more about Freedom in Christ, please click here.
What we believe
We believe that absolutely nobody is so damaged, wounded or hurting that Jesus cannot bring them to a place of complete freedom and wholeness.
Heart for Truth exists to help churches and Christian communities to recognise the power and truth of that statement, and live it out. There are those on the fringe who are ignored or just tolerated, but who may well hide a past of ill treatment, abuse, trauma and pain. We believe that they really can find themselves wonderfully set free to love and serve in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have the firm conviction that Jesus Christ can bring everyone into a place of healing and freedom. No matter what the circumstances, we believe that Jesus can set us free from any kind of bondage, trauma or inner pain.
With that powerful truth in mind, our vision is that every church would be actively engaged in embracing every single hurting person. This involves:
- Community for the marginalised
- Encouragement for the down-cast
- A sense of belonging for every member
- Healing for the sick
- Counsel for the hurting and emotionally troubled
Most importantly, we must ensure that those who see themselves as too poor or uneducated, too unworthy or damaged, may be swept into the centre of all that God is doing with and in His people in these days.
Our foundation is rooted in the Word of God and played out in personal experience. Heart for Truth seeks to equip churches to be a safe place in which wounded Christians can be gently and boldly led into maturity and wholeness, and beyond. Only then will they be able to voice what they really know to be true: Jesus is truly alive!
With the above achieved within the church, both individually and corporately, we will then be free to give our all for the kingdom of God.
The world needs to hear from those who were hurting but have been made whole; from the “little people” who are now shouting from the roof tops that nothing is too hard for our God! This can only happen if we take the first steps to include absolutely everyone within our church.
Who we are
Heart for Truth was launched in October 2008 by Carolyn Bramhall. Her own personal journey is one of healing and freedom from a wounded past, filled with depression and fragmentation. Her experiences gave her the firm conviction that:
Nobody is so “messed up” that Jesus Christ cannot bring them into a place of complete healing and freedom.
Today, Heart for Truth still upholds this conviction and works to equip others to give that which Carolyn herself received.
God welcomes all who come to Him, and we at Heart for Truth long to see His Church embracing all those who are broken, hurting or marginalised.
Heart for Truth is presently led by Michael and Helen Bellamy, serving as Executive Director and Deputy Director respectively. Michael has a background in church leadership and working in the field of mental health. He holds a masters degree in theology as well as a post graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 2005.
Helen began her career in hotel management and catering supervision, before training in youth and community work and has served in both church and local authority positions. She holds degrees in Hospitality Management and Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology. She is also a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.
Michael and Helen have a teenage son, Ryan and are both part of the wider leadership of their local church.
Heart for Truth Leadership Team
Heart for Truth has a dedicated group of trustees who oversee our directors. As a team we are passionate about seeing the wounded led into freedom:
Heart for Truth Council of Reference
We also have a Council of Reference who supports our objectives:
- Rev. Dr. Russ Parker (Acorn Christian Healing Foundation)
- Steve and Zoe Goss (Freedom in Christ Ministries)
- Bishop Stephen Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford)
- Jennifer Rees-Larcombe (Beauty from Ashes)
- Dr. Linda Stalley (Maranatha Community)
- Rev. John Ryeland (Christian Healing Mission)
Our Team of volunteers do invaluable work in a wide range of areas, from administration and teaching to crafts, baking and book selling. Some bring specialised knowledge, in legal or technical matters. Others help us set up Truth Teams, promote events or perhaps provide an occasional listening ear. We are truly thankful for the faithfulness and commitment of our volunteers that enables Heart for Truth to do so much more!
Our work is undergirded by prayer and we have a growing prayer base – an absolute priority for us.
Heart for Truth works outside of denominational boundaries and believes we are all part of one church, the body and bride of Christ.
We are a member of CHUK (Christian Healing UK) and TAG (the Trauma and Abuse Group).