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Deb Sewell is a musician and speaker who believes music and worship open the door to God’s unchanging love and compassion.
Deb first became involved in grief support following the AIDS-related deaths of both her brothers. She facilitated the first AIDS support group in the South Texas Coastal Bend Area in 1987. She then became an STD/HIV educator for the Nueces County Health Department and the Texas Interfaith Council on AIDS. Additionally, she was a grief and bereavement group facilitator for Christus Spohn Hospice. Deb served on the founding board of Passage Hospice and the board of The Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation. She also helped establish the South Texas Commission on AIDS.
Deb completed her undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi graduating with top honors in Counseling Psychology and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She began her postgraduate work in the clinical pastoral care program with Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital Chaplaincy training program.
While working with critically ill cancer and AIDS patients, Deb began incorporating music into the hospital ministry. Soon after, The Spirit Whispering was launched as a result of these experiences. This music ministry combines Deb’s heart for grief support and patient care with her gift of music. Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, as well as many churches, hospice organizations, and hospitals throughout Texas have endorsed her work.
Deb relocated to North Texas in 2005. Since then, she has facilitated grief groups at The Warm Place in Fort Worth (bereavement care for children) and has produced Picture of Hope, an award-winning DVD on grief. She also created the event “Oasis of Hope for the Holidays: An evening of healing for those grieving during the holidays.”
Deb has led worship for many retreats and conferences, including The Day Apart with Paula D’Arcy, The Listening Heart, and Richard Foster’s Renovare’. She has also been instrumental in leading worship for the Annual Conference for the Southwest Conference and North Texas Conference of Methodist Churches.
Deb and her husband Andy make their home in Fort Worth and are members of Arborlawn United Methodist Church. When she is not speaking or leading worship, she enjoys traveling and all things related to her grandchildren.
Deb believes that
through the door of music and worship,
we are invited to experience renewal
and healing as we begin to see our losses
and disappointments through the light
of God's unchanging love and compassion.
Weaving scripture and worship through
music has become her passion and ministry.
To God Be the Glory!