Garrick Conner is uniquely qualified to address spiritual and emotional issues due to his varied education and training as well as his personal character. I have known him as a capable, empathetic and insightful person since his early college years as a journalism student and editor of the college paper. His subsequent education in counseling and theology combine with his ability to write clearly and with purpose to make him a significant voice in his field.
Dr. Conner is a pastor to me, but most importantly he is a friend. He has encouraged my growth and development spiritually and professionally. He is one of the few pastors in the central Arkansas region who has continually promoted mental health awareness, ministry, and education for churches. He has dared to forge new ways of awareness and ministry towards reducing old taboos about Christians and depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Dr. Conner is an example of following the number one and number two commandments: He loves God with all he has, and he loves others sacrificially. In an age and culture of cynicism, dissension, and hostility, his love through humility, vision and action is most needed.