Director of Clergy Wellbeing
Rev. Lindsay Geist, MDiv, MSW, LCSW is the Director of Clergy Wellbeing, providing mental health resource support for North Georgia Conference clergy. She is a part of the Center for Clergy Excellence.
Lindsay is a Deacon in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She completed her undergraduate work at Southern Methodist University and graduate degrees at Duke Divinity School and UNC-Chapel Hill (yes, you can go to two rival schools at the same time ... as long as you don’t mention it during basketball season!).
Lindsay has always been drawn to the intersection of mental health and faith, exploring this through various roles over the years. She began her career assessing individuals in crisis and leading spirituality and forgiveness groups at an inpatient mental health and substance abuse detoxification center in North Carolina. Lindsay returned to North Georgia in 2012 as the Campus Pastor at The United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur (now known as Wellroot). Lindsay later served at Atlanta Mission as a crisis intervention social worker helping women get connected with mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence emergency resources. While at Atlanta Mission, Lindsay helped create new metrics to track client success and redesign the women’s day shelter program to best meet women’s needs and assess crises.
Lindsay opened her own private practice, Seeds of Hope Counseling, in 2016, which continues to serve individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and faith concerns. In addition to her counseling work, Lindsay has served as a consultant, partnering with churches and non-profit organizations to lead trainings on mental health, navigating church crises, addressing anxiety, and soul care. She has facilitated church staff and women’s retreats, led continuing education training for clergy, served as a guest speaker for church youth parents on multi-week mental health series, and guest preached at various churches around the topic of mental health and faith. Lindsay currently co-hosts a podcast, “Not Alone: Conversations on Faith and Mental Health” with two ministry colleagues.