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Executive Director RGCC/Biblical Counseling for Women
Julie Ganschow has been involved in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship for more than 20 years. She is passionate about the critical need for heart change in a person who desires change in their life.
She is the founder and Director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center (ACBC, IABC, AABC Certified Training Center) and Biblical Counseling for Women. She has been writing a daily blog on counseling issues women face since 2008.
Her extensive training has led to a B.A. in Biblical Counseling and certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) the American Association of Biblical Counselors (AABC), and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). She also serves on the Counsel Board for the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Julie is a gifted counselor and teacher, has authored numerous books and materials for biblical counseling, and co-authored a biblical counseling training course. She is also a featured contributor in GriefShare and a frequent retreat and conference speaker.
She makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri with her wonderful husband Larry. Together they have raised 3 sons who have married and begun to bless them with grandchildren.
Ellen is the Executive Director of Word of Hope Ministries, Inc., a Biblical Counseling and Training Center on the Central Coast of California. She is an IABC certified Biblical Counselor. She is passionate about intergenerational ministry and focuses much of her ministry towards youth and young adults. Ellen offers counselor training as well as a unique “Biblical Mentor” training course for women. She is also a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Ellen and her husband, Ray, have raised 6 children and enjoy being grandparents.
Biblical Counselor/Online Program Coordinator, RGCC
Suzanne Holland is an IABC/ACBC certified counselor in Kansas City, Missouri. She serves at Reigning Grace Counseling Center as a counselor and also as the Online Training Program Coordinator. She is married to John, who administers the technical side of the Online Program. They have two adult sons and a recently emptied nest.
She developed an early passion for helping those who struggle with emotional problems as she watched a relative suffer through many seasons of depression. Drugs and hospitalizations seemed to offer little help, and Suzanne determined that she would work to change things in this area of health care. She began her studies at UMKC, where she received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies. She had planned to do freelance research and writing in the area of mental health studies, but after meeting Christ, it became very clear to her that psychology and its application could never truly meet the needs of the human heart. Only Christ could do that. She embraced the truth of “Heart Change for Life Change,” completing her IABC/ACBC studies at Reigning Grace Counseling Center.
Suzanne’s blog, Near to the Healer, addresses issues of physical pain and disability, applying Scripture to these particular challenges. A series of events over the last few years has given her personal insight into how God uses pain for our growth and His glory, and she gets great joy from encouraging others on the blog. She is very excited to have the opportunity now to reach even more readers at Biblical Counseling for Women.
Recent Blog Posts
Learn from experienced Biblical Counselors.
Today we interview Paula Higuchi.
Q: Paula, please tell us about yourself.
A: I serve as the director and counselor of the Biblical Counseling Center of Maui. I received my B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University, my M.A. in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and got certified through ACBC in 2015.
I am born and raised in Hawaii, where Maui has been my home for most of my life. I have been a member at Kahului Baptist since I was ten years old. In 2016, our church launched a biblical counseling center where I have been honored to serve as the director and counselor. My hobbies and interests outside of ministry include enjoying the outdoors and different landscapes Maui has
to offer, spending time with my friends, playing tennis, drinking coffee, eating local food, and reading a good book.
Our temptation may be to hide our battle against anxiety from others out of fear of their judgment. But when we share with others what God is doing through it, we can actually bring encouragement to them. And this brings glory to God.
We trust that you will find this series informative and insightful. Many women have asked what opportunities might be open to them upon obtaining either a degree or certification in biblical counseling. As the biblical counseling movement expands, so do the opportunities for women to serve in a variety of ways as biblical counselors. Over the course of this series, you will hear from women who serve vocationally, as volunteers, in their churches, in a parachurch organization, in colleges, and a variety of other areas where they are serving around the globe.
Today we interview Kimberly Cummings, a Pastor’s Wife, and a Certified Biblical Counselor. She is also the co-founder of Women’s Hope Project where she writes and hosts the Women’s Hope Podcast.
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