BOARD MEMBERS

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DARBY STRICKLAND

Darby is a counselor and faculty member for the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation. She is the author of Is it Abuse? A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims. She is also a contributor to the free web-based training curriculum Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused. Darby has a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary where she currently teaches a course on counseling people in abusive marriages. She and her husband, John, have taken great delight in homeschooling their three children. 

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LISA MENCHINGER

Lisa, a New Jersey native, resides with her husband Fritz in Charlotte, North Carolina. They attend Christ Covenant Church where Fritz serves as an elder. They have three adult children, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Lisa previously served as a Children’s Ministry Director and in Women’s Ministry at her home church in New Jersey, currently serves on the Women's Leadership Team at Christ Covenant and as a trainer for the Shepherdess Ministry, mentors younger women, and writes bible studies for Sophron Studies. She has been studying and teaching for 30+ years and has been an advocate for women in the word. In her spare time, Lisa loves walking, decorating, and cooking Italian food for family and friends.

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NATE BROOKS (PHD)

Nate serves as the Assistant Professor of Christian Counseling at the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the founder of Courage Christian Counseling, where he counsels both in-person and remotely across North America. He coauthored Help! Our Sex Life is Trouble by Past Abuse (with Anna Mondal). Nate, his wife Kate, and their children live on their mini-farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina and are members of Lake Wylie Baptist Church.

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ANN MAREE GOUDZWAARD

Ann Maree Goudzwaard is the founder and Executive Director of Help[H]er. She advocates for women in crisis, trains in church advocacy, and produces materials for the HelpHer ministry. In addition, she has taught counseling at RTS in Charlotte, Eternity Bible College, and PeaceWorks University and blogs regularly for enCourage and the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Ann Maree is a counselor with an MDiv and a DMin candidate. She is married to Bob, she is the mother of three, and grandmother to thirteen.

 

ADVISORS

Kïrsten is a biblical counselor who counsels through her practice, Side-by-Side Biblical Counseling. It is her joy to help people draw near to God in the midst of growth, suffering, and the challenges of daily life. A co-founder of her church’s domestic abuse ministry, she now coordinates crisis and counseling care on two campuses. In addition, she consults with churches across the US on abuse and other challenging care situations. Kïrsten lives in Minnesota with her husband and son.

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