Our Story & Inspiration
According to recent Gallup studies, over 70% of Christian men and 30% of Christian women view porn regularly. We can no longer turn our heads and close our eyes to the pandemic and reality of people living in shame, loneliness and suffering.
Our Story of Mercy and Redemption
For many years David and Elizabeth grappled and agonized over questions such as: Is there hope for a marriage when a spouse is addicted to pornography? Where can the spouse go for support? Can they risk being honest within the church? How do they step out of secrecy and isolation to find help?
As a pastor, husband, and father, David lived in secrecy. Ten years of childhood abuse precipitated a battle with pornography that he concealed for 29 years. Out of God's mercy, his secret was exposed, leading him to a place of total surrender. David was asked to resign from his pastoral position, yet he and Elizabeth were encouraged to stay at the church to receive support as they pursued recovery.
Through the love and support of the church, David and Elizabeth began their journey toward recovery and healing. David found freedom as he was completely vulnerable with the scariest secrets of his life, that were deeply rooted in post-traumatic stress from years of abuse. Elizabeth experienced personal healing as well and grew through revelations about her own childhood. Through these personal discoveries and counseling they were able to restore trust in their marriage.
God’s heart penned in Scripture says He walks with us through our struggles rather than transporting us out of them. David discovered his addiction was as much about self-medication as it was a way of re-enacting the trauma of sexual abuse. Likewise, Elizabeth experienced healing and broke out of the unhealthy ecosystem of codependence. Both found strength in their weaknesses as God willingly entered their pain and healed them day-by-day.
Three and a half years later, David and Elizabeth’s story of hope continued when David rejoined the pastoral staff of their church. Today, they are known for their journey of mercy and redemption in the face of relational pain and betrayal. Because of their experience, they have a passion for providing a safe place for all to be honest and real. Their life chapter in the Bible is Isaiah 61, which is the blueprint for all that Truenorth 406 ministries offers. Their desire is to create a safe place for church leaders and members struggling with addiction. The truth is our brokenness does not separate us from the love of God but connects us to His love. Freedom, healing, and transformation come when we have a safe place to share our stories and suffering. David and Elizabeth have experienced this firsthand and want to empower others to do the same.
Elizabeth is co-founder and Executive Director for TrueNorth 406 Ministries, where she leads the development of this new ministry. Isaiah 61 is Elizabeth's life chapter and inform's the commitment she has to support the local Church to be the safe place for transformational healing and wholeness. Her calling to engage the brokenhearted is birthed from her personal story of healing and redemption. In addition, she is known for her testimony of profound marital healing through God's kindness and mercy and their church family's support.
David Halliburton is Senior Associate Pastor at Hope Church in Kalispell, Montana. Here he facilitates outreach to our community, trains leaders, builds teams, and facilitates ministries related to personal healing, growth, and transformation. As co-founder and President of the Board of Directors for TrueNorth 406 Ministries, David works to support the need the Church and her members' have for personal healing, freedom, and transformation. Additionally, David serves as a member of the National Council for Desert Stream Ministries, where the Living Waters program originates. In this role, he participates in equipping church leaders and pastors to train and facilitate Living Waters in their churches.
To read more about David's story, check out his piece in the Living Waters 2018 annual newsletter.