You are welcome to join us at any meeting!

Welcome! This group is intended to provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment for sharing and exploring near-death and similar experiences. We are open to the public.

Service Area

Dallas / Fort Worth Metro


Jan Holden: 972-315-0300
Or, use the contact form at the bottom of this page to contact this IANDS group.

Regular Meeting Times

We meet each month except August on the second Wednesday at 7:00 PM US Central time. Sometimes we meet in person at the church, and other times we meet online via Zoom. To receive the most up-to-date information, please contact us through the form below.

***DECEMBER 14th - (via Zoom) - Louisa Peck: What happens when an avid atheist, who is also an alcoholic, undergoes a vivid near-death experience (NDE) too real to deny? Easy: She denies it anyway!***

But her story doesn’t end there. Even as she continued to drink and chase false idols, spiritual energies began to manifest for her – dark ones at first, because she was trapped in darkness. Then, the angel who, on the other side, had cradled her and bathed her with love somehow broke through her denial to show her the path to a beautiful, meaningful, and joyful life.

Louisa Peck has presented at IANDS national conferences, and she writes the Seattle IANDS bi-monthly newsletter. Now clean and sober for 27 years in Alcoholics Anonymous, she shares her experience as a featured speaker at large events and publishes a blog on addiction recovery in light of NDE spirituality. A former university English and Literature professor, Louisa is a lively speaker who shares easily, descriptively, and with a good dose of humor. On Wednesday, December 14th, at 7:00 pm Central Time, she will join us live via Zoom to share her remarkable and uplifting story.

We look forward to seeing you,

Pete and Jan

***JANUARY 11th - (in person) - Father Nathan Castle: Afterlife, Interrupted: Helping Stuck (And Not So Stuck) Souls Cross Over - A Catholic Priest Explores the Interrupted Death Experience***

Father Nathan Castle, OP, is from Groves, Texas. He received MA and MDiv degrees from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has served in campus ministries at Arizona State University, Stanford, University of California - Riverside, and The University of Arizona in Tucson, where he currently resides. Father Castle believes the Holy Spirit has given him a "night job" of helping souls who died suddenly and violently find afterlife peace, which he has done more than 400 times. He is the author of "And Toto Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure" and "Afterlife, Interrupted (Books 1 and 2): Helping Stuck Souls Cross Over."

Father Nathan's presentation at the 2022 IANDS conference in Salt Lake City was a standing-room-only event, and he brings a truly unique, insightful, and eye-opening story. He will speak to us live and in person at the church on Wednesday, January 11th, at 7:00 pm Central Time. Don't miss it!

Pete and Jan

***FEBRUARY 8th - (via Zoom) - Sandi Taranto: Childhhod NDE is the first of several.***

Growing up as a foster child, Sandi Taranto endured unspeakable abuse involving both neglect and torture. A particular episode when she was 5 or 6 years old, in which she was the victim of life-threatening abusive injury, prompted her first near-death experience (NDE). Throughout her life, she has had additional NDEs. Not only a survivor but also an earnest seeker, Sandi has explored some of the deepest questions of existence, and, drawing largely from information and wisdom she received during her NDEs, she has come to a clear perspective on the workings of the cosmos and the meaning of human existence.

On Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, at 7:00 PM Central time, Sandi will join us from New Hampshire via Zoom to share with us her dramatic journey in this lifetime and the resulting insights to which she has come. We look forward to seeing you!

Pete and Jan

***MARCH 8 - (in person) - Program to be determined.***

***APRIL 12 - (via Zoom) - Elissa Hope: Fourteen-year-old girl dies during a routine procedure and meets God face-to-face.***

In 1981 at age 14, Elissa Hope was in the dentist's chair when she received too much nitrous oxide, died, and had an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE). It included meeting her guardian angels and God, learning that in time an important Earthly purpose would be revealed to her, and choosing to return to Earthly life in order not to abandon her mother. Although prior to her NDE Elissa had been raised without a religious affiliation, she had already been spiritually inclined, but following her NDE this inclination was profoundly magnified, and she manifested several aftereffects that have persisted throughout her life. Among her many subsequent experiences was the Earthly connection with, tragic loss of, and ongoing spiritual connection with her twin flame — ultimate soul connection. Elissa recently completed her first book, "Hope From Heaven," which is scheduled for release in July. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 PM Central Time, to hear Elissa's fascinating story of initial and ongoing connection with a domain beyond Earthly life.

Pete and Jan

***MAY 10 - (in person) - Program to be determined.***

Meeting Location

First United Methodist Church

907 W Main St, Lewisville, TX 75067

(Northwest corner of Main and Summit)
Room: The Parlor -- in the front building
Enter through the double glass doors that face Main Street, turn right, and The Parlor is at the end of the (long) hallway on the right.

Other Information

The DFW Friends of IANDS exists for people who’ve had near-death and/or related experiences or who have personal or professional interest in such experiences. The purpose of the group is to provide these people with a forum in which to discuss such experiences and their meaning and integration into subsequent life. Discussion takes place in an atmosphere of openness and interest/support without judgment, proselytizing, or advice-giving.

Our meeting content varies from month to month. Sometimes we have a structured program, such as a speaker or watching a relevant video followed by discussion. Other times, we “circle up” and discuss our own NDEs and related experiences and their ongoing meaning in our lives. Although we meet in a Methodist church, the group is not affiliated with the Methodist–or any specific–religion. The church is conveniently located, and they gave us permission to use a meeting room without charge. However, those who attend and who can afford to do so are asked to make a $1 contribution to the church for our use of their meeting room.

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