Discipleship Counselor – Conference Speaker
I have been counseling for more than 22 years. I received my initial training in the First Baptist Church of Atlanta Lay Counseling Program. I decided to get the training because I was constantly being asked for advice on life issues. I figured if I was to help others, I needed to be equipped. When I went through the initial training, little did I know how much I needed help. I thought that since I was saved, that settled everything. However, I had many fears and worries. I had also experienced a painful trauma earlier in life. Since I was saved, I told myself that it was all under the blood and that I didn’t need to address it. Nevertheless, I began to see, while in the training, that I coped by having to be in control. You see, what I feared, I attempted to control. Through the training and personal counseling, I was introduced to Christ as my life. As I began to understand what that meant and embraced it, I was set free from control and the fruit of it (fear and worry); in essence my “self-life.” The Lord took me through a period of brokenness. This led me to total surrender in exchange for Christ as my life.
Some years later, while serving as a lay counselor at First Baptist Church, ,I sensed the Lord calling me to full time counseling as a ministry. At that time, I went back to school, received a B.A. degree in Psychology and a M.A. in Christian Counseling. After receiving a M.A. in Christian Counseling, I was hired as a Staff Counselor at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. During my tenure as a staff counselor, I counseled individuals and marital couples. I also coordinated the Intensive and Lay Counseling Training Programs. Late 2011, I sensed the Lord leading me away from the counseling ministry at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. He had plans for me to counsel others at different ministry sites. GMI is one of the places that He has called me to minister at this time.
Through my own healing experience, I’ve never been the same. It’s been a wonderful journey of continuously experiencing Him as my life; my great reward.
I am committed to facilitating help and healing to hurting individuals and couples who are open to God’s solutions.
I am married to Floyd, have two adult daughters and six grandchildren. I enjoy traveling with my family and reading.
I am a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the Georgia Board of Christian Counselors and Therapists which is not affiliated with the Georgia State Licensing Board. My professional memberships include the Association of Exchanged life Ministries (AELM), and the Georgia Christian Counseling Association (GCCA).
Before discovering God’s grace, I lived mostly out of my head, trying to do the right thing, trying to be acceptable, trying to put on the right behavior. But it never answered the questions of my heart about why I felt so miserable about myself and so distant from God. When I began to discover His grace and acceptance, it was life-changing. It empowered me to allow Him into some of the places in my heart that had been locked away from everyone, including myself. I tried to find identity through what I did. As a result, I returned from South America a hurting, burned-out missionary, wondering who I would be apart from ministry. That led me on a journey of discovering my identity in Christ and finding that His acceptance of me is not based on what I do or how well I perform but on what He has done for me and who He now is in me. Now I continue to discover that what I do does not make me someone. What I do is an expression of who He is, how He has made me, and of His life in me. And that’s a lot more fun than the other way around!