Today Matters Mental Health Ministries

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Core Values:

  • Community
  • Love
  • Support
  • Kindness
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Briyin Butgereit
Founder, Today Matters
(863) 244-6289

Mission Statement:

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.


In case no one told you today:
You’re beautiful.
You’re loved.
You’re needed.
You’re here for a reason.
You’re stronger than you think.
You’re going to get through this.
We’re glad you’re alive!

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!

Upcoming Speakers

May 18, 2024
Lee Ann Mancini
Learn more about Lee Ann HERE

Future Speakers

We truly appreciate the support from the many individuals and organizations within and outside of our community. When it comes to speakers and guests wishing to book a future date for an event with Today Matters Mental Health Ministries. Guests are booked several months in advance.  Guests are also scheduled based on topics relevant to our mission statement and public interest.
Please submit a request via email detailing subject, guest name, a jpg picture, contact information, and small paragraph on specific topic covering for the event.  Please allow two weeks for a response.


Past Today Matters Guests:

Diana Ward

April 20, 2024

John Galanti

March 16, 2024

Florida Highway Patrol

Lt. Greg Bueno

February 17, 2024

HorsePower for Healing

Carla Benefield and Sampson

September 16, 2023

Holley Harris

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

Dr. Miriam Zyberglait

“Be the writer of your book, be the editor of your story, and be the principal actor of your life…” Miriam Zylberglait, MD (Dr.Z)

March 18, 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

June 2022 Today Matters: Heather Palacios

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

June 2022 Today Matters: Heather Palacios

Heather Palacios

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

Laurie Sudbrink

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

Chad Miller

Learn more from Promise to Property HERE

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, no video was recorded.
View promotional material HERE.

April 16, 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

Rosie Young

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

Andrea Wilson Woods

Learn more about Andrea HERE

Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company.

January 15, 2022

Tina Levene

Tina Levene is a speaker, radio and TV host, and author. Her personal story is nothing short of miraculous healing from abuse and addictions. She brings humor, energy, and laughter with relevant content that can be used to transform lives.
Tina’s Best Selling books include: Let Your Lessons Become Blessings, Let Your Forgiveness Become Freedom, Little Book, Big Truths!, Preventing Burn-Out, and Heartbeat of a Leader.

August 21, 2021

Rebekah Gregory

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

Randy Grimes

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

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