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Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

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 Castillo

Ellen Castillo

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.

Suzanne Holland

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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Do You Know How to Change a Life?

Do You Know How to Change a Life?

I once heard this testimony from a counselee who came to see me because of depression:

“My mother suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for most of my childhood. She would be in bed for months at a time, and then I would come home from school one day and she would be gone, in the hospital. After a few weeks, she would come back home, usually drugged or just flat. She’d be ok for a while, but then the depression would come back, and it would start all over. Finally, when I was in high school, she got the diagnosis: Major Depressive Disorder.[i][ii] She was put on medications, and pretty much stayed stable until the end of her life, when the drugs finally destroyed her kidneys and she passed away. I am terrified that this is my future. My doctor thinks I have it, too.”

Convicting Life, Choose Not to be Angry & Resentful

Convicting Life, Choose Not to be Angry & Resentful

People come to biblical counselors for help for all different sorts of reasons. Some people have been comforted in times of difficulty by a substance to such an extent that they can no longer live without that substance. The relief of emotional pain may have come from food, alcohol, or even isolation from others. Others have been deeply hurt in life and come for help because their hurt has turned to anger and bitterness.

How Can We Consistently Advocate for Life?

How Can We Consistently Advocate for Life?

Recently, we celebrated “Sanctity of Life Sunday” at my church, as did thousands of you around our nation and world. We were reminded of the tragedy of abortion, both the loss of the child, and the impact it will have on the mother for the rest of her life. We talked about how God is the creator and sustainer of life, and that every child, from the moment of conception, is an image bearer of God.

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Amy Redden

Amy Redden is a recent graduate of Emporia State University with a Secondary English Educational Degree, and is now teaching in a small school in rural Kansas. She has a passion for teaching, mentoring, learning, missions, coffee, old books, and The Truth in God’s word. Amy blogs at //onlyafoolinhishands.wordpress.com/.

Anne Dryburgh

Anne Dryburgh was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has been a missionary in Dutch-speaking Belgium since 1991. Her ministry involves evangelism, discipleship, biblical counseling, training and teaching. She has a PhD in biblical counseling (emotional abuse) from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. Anne is currently certified as a biblical counselor with International Association of Biblical Counselors, American Academy of Biblical Counselors, and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Eliza Huie

Eliza is a biblical counselor at Life Counseling Center in Marriottsville, Maryland. Experiencing God’s redeeming grace through the hope of the Gospel is her motivation for counseling. She also teaches workshops on counseling related topics and mercy ministries and writes for various venues related to biblical counseling. She is the author of Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World. Eliza and her husband, Ken, have three children in their late teens and early twenties and enjoy exploring the outdoors as a family. Areas of special interest in the counseling realm are relational difficulties, marriage and family, depression, sexual brokenness, and suffering.

Elizabeth Bowman

Elizabeth Cameron Bowman, BCBC, ARS Hometown: Elizabeth was born on Valentine’s Day in Charlotte, NC, where she was raised by her parents along with her sister and three brothers. Family: Elizabeth married Dr. Chris Bowman, an established and trusted Charlotte dentist, in September 2002. Together they have three amazing children: Reid (14), Kenan (12 1/2), and Olivia (11); as well as Cooper, their English yellow lab. Future personal goal: To hike the legendary “Camino de Santiago”, also known as “The Way” Hobbies: Distance running with her friends; hiking; traveling; watching Reid and Kenan play baseball and football; watching Olivia ride horses; sharing early morning coffee and having dates with Chris. Education and Experience: Elizabeth attended Arizona State University for two years, then transferred and completed her degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She began her professional career as a leading pharmaceutical representative for Forest Labs, where she aided in the national launch of the antidepressant Lexapro in 2002. Elizabeth left her position at Forest shortly before giving birth to Reid in October 2003. After 10 years as a dedicated, stay-at-home mom, Elizabeth began her journey to acquire board certification as a Biblical Counselor, with a specialization in addiction and recovery. Elizabeth’s board certification in Christian Counseling was earned in December 2014 through Light University and the American Association of Christian Counselors. In January 2016 she completed the Internal Family Systems Level 1 curriculum, giving her a unique perspective on therapeutic healing and emotional wellness. Elizabeth completed her specialized training in addiction and recovery in January, 2017. Currently, Elizabeth is working on another certification in Biblical Counseling through the ACBC. Elizabeth has had the privilege to mentor, counsel and walk alongside many women from a wide range of backgrounds, including those who have suffered through abortion, substance abuse, and various other forms of physical and emotional trauma. “My passion is to aid in unlocking women’s hearts, so they can begin to receive true and lasting restoration and healing. I aspire to lead brokenhearted women to a full understanding of LOVE, VALUE, ACCEPTANCE, and SECURITY. My personal experiences have given me a soft heart and empathetic dialogue that help me connect deeply with women in need of healing. The greatest professional rewards for me are the privilege of participating in real transformations, and the experience of witnessing women shine as they realize the true value of their identity in Christ Jesus. Follow Elizabeth's blog here: unlockinghearts.com

Ellen Castillo

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.

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow has been involved in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship for more than 20 years. She is passionate about heart change for life change. 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 a featured contributor in GriefShare and a frequent retreat and conference speaker. She is the founder and Director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center and Biblical Counseling for Women. She has been writing a daily blog on women’s counseling issues since 2008. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling, in addition to certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). She also serves on the Counsel Board for the Biblical Counseling Coalition She makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri with her wonderful husband Larry. You can find her blog at bc4women.org and information about her ministries at rgcconline.org, and biblicacounselingforwomen.org

Karen Gaul

I have been married to Jamie since 1983, he is my fan, my friend and my love. We enjoy spending time together no matter what that is, especially golfing in the summer months. As well I enjoy reading and studying which often becomes a blog which I also do weekly (www.gracebiblicalcounselling.net ). I have been counselling biblically since 1994 and have been certified with ACBC since 1995. I have been most blessed to be part of such a solid organization that pushes for excellence in sharing biblical truth. This training has also given me the opportunity to teach as well as speak at ladies retreats and church groups on either specific issues or an over all understanding of the heart before God. I have had the privilege of now being a national speaker in Canada. I am also continuing my education with Trinity Theological Seminary and college in Indiana via correspondence, and hoping to one day finish DV. We live in southern Ontario and are blessed to be in a great community of family and friends. I am excited to be a part of the BC4women blog and pray you are blessed by all that you find here.

Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering is a Biblical Counselor who specializes in discipleship. She is currently homeschooling one of her grandchildren and teaching an elementary music class. Karen has written a book called “Learning to Seek God’s Presence”. It is a ten-week study guide written for people who are broken by circumstances. Her blog can be found here. //windowsofhisgrace.com/ Karen grew up in North Dakota and currently lives with her husband and granddaughter in Wisconsin.

Lesley Eischen

Lesley Eischen is a Christ following Midwesterner who enjoys learning as much as teaching. With a penchant for narrow paths and strong coffee, she is a bit of a Bibliophile who is often found with her nose pressed between the pages of a book. Having recently wrapped up the homeschooling years, Lesley and her beloved husband are enjoying the jaunt of seeing their treasured sons transition into young adults. When Lesley is not working part time for a nonprofit that strives to provide for orphans, widows and the vulnerable both locally and abroad, she is studying towards her Biblical Counseling certification through INS (Institute of Nouthetic Studies). She is also a book reviewer for Cross Focused Reviews. Lesley can be found at her blog, The Hallowed Path: //thehallowedpath.wordpress.com/

Linda Rice

Linda Rice and her husband have three grown children, one biological and two adopted. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, and is certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Linda has been counseling at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center since 2007 and has taught as an adjunct professor at Calvary Bible College. She participates in a weekly Bible study and music for her church and a community chorale. Author of Parenting the Difficult Child: A Biblical Perspective on Reactive Attachment Disorder, she maintains a blog at seedsownpress.wordpress.com .

Stacie Gibson

Stacie Gibson is a wife and mom of four from Western New York. She is a certified biblical counselor with the ACBC and IABC and is involved in her church counseling ministry along side her husband, Matt. Stacie's heart is to give women hope through the Word of God.

Suzanne Holland

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.

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