Founder, Today Matters
To be the voice for the silent, connecting the mind, body and soul embraced through faith, respect, empathy and dignity by removing the stigma about mental health.
Please join us the 3rd Saturday of every month in the Life Center. Event time starts at 4:00 p.m.
To receive emails about upcoming speakers, please look in the Church app under Groups, then Worship Services, to Today Matters. If you don’t have the app, START HERE
Everyone is welcome!
No speaker in October. Please join us at the Senior Expo, October 14!
November 18, 2023
Dan O’Shea, 18th Counterterrorism Seal Commander
January 20, 2024
Randy & Lydia Grimes
February 17, 2024
Lt. Greg Beuno Florida Highway Patrol – Information Affairs
March 16, 2024
John Galanti, “He’s Got Your 6”
Past Today Matters Guests:
Military Intelligence Officer
August 19, 2023
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren is a county court judge in the Criminal Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida. She is an adjunct professor, Nova Southeastern University, Criminal Justice Institute, Doctoral. Author of A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court.
June 17, 2023
9/11 Tribute, Veterans and First Responders
A Tribute to 9/11 with Today Matters special guest speaker Chaplain Carlo Gargiulo from the Punta Gorda Fire Department; honoring all Veterans and First Responders.
September 17, 2022
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office / Punta Gorda Police Department
Our local law enforcement offices came together for a Town Hall style discussion about the safety and preparedness of our growing community. We discussed how we in Charlotte County can be better prepared, stay vigilant and become better aware of today’s society. We learned from the experts about the various shootings and the role mental health plays in these situations.
August 20, 2022
Learn more about Heather HERE
Heather is a multiple suicide-attempt survivor who believes “if you wake up breathing, that’s your proof to keep going.” She is the founder of WONDHERFUL, INC a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of those who are struggling thru mental crisis. She speaks at high schools, colleges, churches, businesses throughout the US to reach the nearly 1.8 million people who attempt suicide each year.
June 18, 2022
Learn more about Laurie HERE
Losing 2 brothers to suicide has inspired Laurie to spread the importance of deep listening, fearless transparency and non-judgmental acceptance.
May 21, 2022
General Gregg F Martin
Learn more about General Martin HERE
Gregg is a mental health advocate, author, speaker, strategist and mental wellness warrior. His mission is “sharing my bipolar story to help stop the stigma and save lives.”
March 19, 2022
Our very own Rosie Young gives her testimony, “Life isn’t always Rosie,” sharing the trials that she has gone through and how God has been there for her always.
February 19, 2022
August 21, 2021
2013 Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
Author of “Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing” available HERE on Amazon.
June 19, 2021
Learn more about Randy HERE
A former NFL center, Randy Grimes lived as everyone’s all-American—with a successful 10-year career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a beautiful and devoted college-sweetheart-turned-wife, and two healthy children. But pain took over, and the prescription pills used to treat chronic injuries eventually led to playing in blackouts. When Randy’s career ended, the pills continued—feeding an opioid addiction that would last 20+ years and erode his identity, health, and family. When addiction claimed the life of a close friend, Randy finally found the courage to raise his hand and ask for help. This single decision reclaimed Randy’s life.
May 15, 2021