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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.
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They’re tearing up the woods behind my house. My family moved into this house over 20 years ago, partly because of the thick, 50-acre woods behind it. It was a beautiful, lush patch of forest in the middle of the city, and we absolutely loved it. Now, they’re building a park there. Actually, there was already a park there, behind our stretch of woods, but it was quite neglected and had become a hangout for drug dealers and other “ne’er do wells”, as my grandmother would have called them. At first, when I heard they were going to expand the park, I was happy to hear that the neglected area would be revitalized, and a new park for families would take its place. At the inception of the project, the city assured the neighbors that there would be a generous stretch of the woods left so that our houses would still back up to the woods, and we would continue to enjoy the privacy to which we’d become accustomed.
Have you considered becoming an ACBC Certified Biblical Counselor? If so, what has held you back from getting started, or what is slowing you down in your process? Today, BC4Women guest blogger Lara d’Entremont, who is nearly to the finish line in her certification process, shares some tips to motivate and encourage you.
You wanted your child to have this amazing life. You planned and dreamed, scrimped and saved, and made sacrifices daily to give it to him. As he grew, you exhorted, rebuked, and instructed him in righteousness the best you knew how; never perfectly, but always with a heart that wanted him to love the Lord, love others, and walk in obedience.
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