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Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Stephanie is the founder and President of Life In Abundance. She is a  Clinical Pastoral Counselor through the NCCA, Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach, Certified Temperament Counselor, Certified Technical Trainer, speaker and co-author. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. Stephanie lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her husband Jeff.

She is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Christian Counseling Association, and the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling. [View Full Bio]

Aimee Culp

Aimee Culp

Licensed Professional Counselor/ Associate

Aimee achieved her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. While in Colorado she worked with a court-mandated counseling center as a graduate-level intern and a Colorado Registered Psychotherapist. She is currently licensed by the state of South Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor/ Associate, and is under the supervision of Cathy Sparks, MA, LPC-S. She is a Level 1 Facilitator certified in a child and adolescent resiliency program called “Why Try”. Aimee is a good-standing member of the American Counselors Association, and she is Certified by the National Board of Clinical Counselors. 

Aimee’s preferred counseling approaches are Strength-Based CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and Existential Therapy. She specializes in assisting those with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, PTSD, identity development, relational conflict, domestic violence, and life transitions. She has led resiliency programs for adolescents facing a variety of emotional and cognitive challenges, as well as led parenting classes that focused on child development and communication. Aimee is educated on spiritual integration in clinical counseling settings.

Aimee believes that each individual has an innate value and a drive to grow. Through patient listening and empowerment, Aimee understands that her role as a counselor is to encourage that growth which allows each individual to move from surviving to thriving. She creates a space for authenticity and self-awareness to empower her clients to look at themselves in their context and hold difficult realities with a sense of freedom and hope.

Bob Gamble

Bob Gamble

Licensed Professional Counselor

Bob is a Pastoral Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of South Carolina. He holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, both from Auburn University. Bob retired in 2016 after serving 30 years in public safety, including 23 years as a police officer in the upstate. He became interested in counseling while serving as a volunteer in peer support and crisis intervention for law enforcement personnel. Bob is a member of two crisis response teams and continues to be active in his church in care ministries and missions.

Bob is a trained EMDR therapist through the EMDR Institute, Inc. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) enables many individuals to heal from traumatic and disturbing life experiences. EMDR also facilitates healing from emotional pain by helping the mind get past “stuck points” associated with emotional trauma that often block normal memory processing. EMDR has been shown to be an effective treatment for not only traumatic events, but also a wide range of mental and emotional distress associated with adverse experiences from childhood. 

Additionally, Bob is a trained facilitator in the Prepare/Enrich marriage counseling program. He offers premarital and marriage counseling using the Prepare/Enrich program. He also offers training for groups and organizations for stress management and crisis intervention. 

At Life In Abundance, Bob works with individuals and couples. He works with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, anger, despair, grief, trauma, life transitions, relationship conflict, and other common struggles. He helps clients develop a vision of hope beyond their current struggles. 

Bob is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation: Certified Instructor for Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention courses.
  • The American Association of Christian Counselors
  • The American Counseling Association
Karen Grotler

Karen Grotler

Pastoral Counselor

Karen holds a BS in Psychology with a specialization in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Additionally, she is a Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA).

Karen has served as a Stephen’s Minister through her church in Holland, Michigan. After moving to South Carolina she and her husband participated in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, where they remained members for 12 years. Karen has served as the leader for several women’s Open Share Groups such as Codependency, Sexual Purity, and Chemical Dependency.

Karen has a passion to come alongside women who are hurting or struggling and to help them experience freedom through understanding their identity in Christ. Using God’s Word, she disciples women by teaching them how to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father and how to practically apply the Word of God to everyday life circumstances.

Karen lives in Taylors, SC and has been married to her husband, Kurt, for 32 years. Together, they have 3 children. They are blessed to have 1 darling granddaughter. Karen and Kurt currently attend Grace Church at the Greer campus.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Certified Temperament Counselor

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Harper received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University. She is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor through the NCCA.

Lizzie is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the NCCA. Fellowship Greenville is her home church, where she enjoys worshiping, serving, and being an active member alongside her husband of 23 years. Blessed with three wonderful children, she delights in time spent with them and counts each one as a gift.

Lizzie is a California girl originally, but has called Greenville her home for nearly thirteen years. Her passion is to continue to seek a walk with Jesus that puts his glory on display and to walk alongside others as they navigate the changes and situational difficulties that life can bring. Her heart’s desire is to know God and make Him known.

Jonathan Helms

Jonathan Helms

Board Certified Pastoral Counselor

Jonathan is a BCPPC credentialed Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and has served as a counselor in church settings and in homeless and recovery settings. Jonathan spent the last 3+ years as the Soul Care pastor at Bridgeway Church where he spent a majority of his time counseling and leading groups to help people find spiritual freedom. Before that, he was at Miracle Hill Ministries Greenville Rescue Mission. There he counseled the homeless and addicted toward a life of freedom and health.

Jonathan’s passion is to help people find themselves free from being stuck in repetitive patterns and thinking. He loves the journey of unpacking and discovering truth that brings life. He loves to utilize spiritual rhythms and patterns that break us away from the distractions of society to discover our intimate connection and friendship with our Heavenly Father. This can happen with individuals and well as couples looking for spiritual breakthrough as a family. He also loves helping people in addiction. Lastly, he has a passion to lead groups that help people find freedom in community.

Jonathan is married to Leslie and they have 2 children. In his off time, he loves playing with his children, fishing and cooking. 

Angel Henning

Angel Henning

Licensed Professional Counselor

Angel Henning is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina. She holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® practitioner (https://child.tcu.edu/about-us/tbri/#sthash.qkSc0enh.dpbs) through the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, a division of Texas Christian University. She is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York (https://www.integrativenutrition.com/health-coaching). She received Advanced Discipleship counseling training from Grace Ministries International, Atlanta (https://www.gmint.org/).

Angel’s experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling, development and leadership in sexual abuse recovery groups, social and emotional skills groups for troubled kids in school, faith-based drug and alcohol residential counseling, and specialized work with adoptive/foster families that nurture children from hard places. She has facilitated parenting groups and has worked with school aged children through adolescents. Angel is passionate about nurturing families and individuals as they grow through the grace of God to live abundantly in their God given callings.

Angel enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling. She moved to Greer from League City, Texas. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Cindy is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor through the NCCA. She is also a Certified Life Coach.  Cindy is certified in the Prepare/Enrich premarital assessment coaching program as well as the SYMBIS premarital assessment coaching program. Cindy holds a PhD in Clinical Counseling from Cornerstone University and is a former RN and nurse educator.

She is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Christian Counseling Association, the International Christian Coaching Association, and the Association of Biblical Counselors.

Cindy has been married to Nick for over 40 years. They now live in Greenville SC. They are blessed to have a son and daughter in law who live and serve on the mission field in France, and 4 lovely grandchildren. Cindy and her husband Nick attend Grace church.

Meet Our Support and Study Group Facilitators

Mandy Bentley

Mandy Bentley

Support Group Facilitator

Mandy has a BA in History from College of Charleston, and a MAT in Secondary Social Studies from Charleston Southern University. She has been teaching Social Studies for the past 12 years, working primarily with at-risk students. She has always been able to relate well to students who suffer from conflict in their home environments.

Mandy has had personal experience with the heartbreak of infidelity and dishonesty in marriage. She feels a calling to share her story in both individual and small group settings. Her hope is to provide encouragement to women who find themselves walking a similar path.

Mandy is a single mom to a 12-year-old and they are both very active in their church. She is an avid reader and loves to be anywhere salty. She and her son enjoy music, especially live Christian concerts.

Luanne Botta

Luanne Botta

Support Group Facilitator

Luanne Botta is an author, Bible teacher and speaker who brings the gospel to life through the Word and personal testimony.  Her high energy and joyful spirit of encouragement bring an authentic transparency, making her an endearing and powerful speaker.

As a high school teacher at a private Christian academy for almost 20 years, well-liked by her students, Luanne found herself in a unique role, guiding hundreds of young people through God’s Word with her uncompromising, take-no-prisoners way of speaking the truth while still showing them unconditional love. Her passion was igniting them to live their lives with a higher standard than the culture around them.

From these years of ministry and the heartache experienced by her students in their teen years, Luanne authored two books to equip young people with the truth, Young Hearts. Pure Lives (for girls), and The Warrior Within (for guys). Each book is available to be read individually or to be used as a bible study in a group setting.

Luanne has had the wonderful experience of serving on the mission field to Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, New York City, Latvia, and Mexico fulfilling the call to “go into all the earth” and preach the gospel. 

Jacki Howerin

Jacki Howerin

Group Study Facilitator

Through 19 years of Leadership with women in Bible Studies, Lay Counseling, Mentoring, Speaking, Writing and Prayer, Jacki has encouraged and equipped women to let Jesus become “The Standard” and “The Source” of their lives. Jacki has written the Bible Study, ‘Prepare Your Hearts for the Holidays.’ She is currently writing a book on prayer titled, ‘Warrior Daughter: You Are Called to Pray Without Ceasing, Know You God, Know Your Enemy.’ Married for 35 years to her high school sweetheart, Keith; they have a son who graduated from Clemson University. Jacki obtained her BA in English from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her ministry is God’s Woman, God’s Way.  
Marva Jeter

Marva Jeter

Group Study Facilitator

Marva Jeter is a Social Service Director and Discharge Planner for Geriatrics and Healthcare. She has 30 years of experience in healthcare including nursing assistant, social services, marketing  and discharge planning. She is active in the community helping seniors with placements to Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Boarding Home. She helps seniors with ordering durable medical equipment, Meals on Wheels, Medicaid applications, community long term referrals, and many other needs for seniors in the community.

She is a native of Asheville, NC. She has resided in Greenville, SC for the last 8 years. She is a proud mom and enjoys spending time with her children and family.

Marva holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is also a Notary Public for SC. She volunteers with various community needs thru other community agencies and ministries within the area.

Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch

Support Group Facilitator

Jennifer has a BA in Graphic Design. She has been working in the marketing industry for 15 years with corporate and small businesses across the Upstate.

Jennifer loves working in the non-profit sector including social media and co-facilitating various support groups at Life In Abundance. She hopes to encourage other women with her testimony and give hope to what God has planned for their path.

She and her family enjoy the outdoors including camping with their two furbabies.

Meg Quinn

Meg Quinn

Support Group Facilitator

Meg has a BS degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Lees McRae College located in Banner Elk, NC. She worked for one year as the Director of New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Bluefield College, in Bluefield, VA. NOSW is a nonprofit for middle-aged Appalachia women who are trying to improve their life circumstances. For six years, Meg served as a Stephen Minister and youth director at Greenville ARP Church and four years as a Bible study group facilitator at Brookwood Community Church. Meg has also volunteered on other community boards. She currently volunteers at Piedmont Women’s Center as a Client Advocate. She is an active member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church. Meg has a passion to aid women with past and current traumatic circumstances, helping them work through the crisis and understand the grace and love God has for everyone.

Angie Stowe

Angie Stowe

Support Group Facilitator

Angie is a high school nurse and is witness to many broken lives at young ages.  She has a heart for those who need healing and believes there is always hope. She serves as a resource and liaison for those with mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in the school setting.  

Angie received her BSN in nursing and has worked as a nurse in various hospital and outpatient settings for 31 years.  She has held several management positions in nursing as well as a nurse educator. She is a member of Mosaic Church in Easley and has served as a worship leader, small group leader, prayer team leader, and in children’s ministry. She is married to her sweetheart, David, and they love spending time together enjoying many adventures of the outdoors. 

Angie knows the suffering of loss first hand and the goodness and mercy of our loving God. She has had the opportunity to share her experiences in group settings as well as in many churches as a guest speaker.  She has done infomercial radio spots and has appeared on WGGS 16 Niteline as a guest speaker during Sanctity of Life month. One of her greatest passions is to see girls/women receive healing from the devastating effects of abortion and find renewed life through God’s redeeming love. She has volunteered at Foothills Care Center and Piedmont Women’s Center as a facilitator of Forgiven and Set Free Bible study since 2003.

Angie also has a passion for the lost and disenfranchised and volunteers weekly at a local food pantry. When not spending time outdoors, she enjoys making homemade pasta and sauces for family and friends as first generation of Italian descent.

Sara Theisen

Sara Theisen

Support Group Facilitator

Sara has a BA in Studio Art (Graphic Design) from Michigan State University and loves all things creative. After moving to South Carolina with her husband in 2007, she started her own graphic design company where she enjoys helping businesses with their creative and marketing needs. She has 3 children – 10, 8 and 4 and is always striving to find ways to keep her ‘mompreneur’ life (somewhat) sane while also staying focused on her strong faith. She enjoys reading, cooking, repurposing furniture and spending time with her family (favorites include Friday night pizza/movie nights and riding bikes along the Swamp Rabbit Trail). Sara has a passion for sharing her motherhood journey with fellow moms and for encouraging women who find themselves struggling in their role as a parent. She continues to look for new ways to better herself as a mom, wife, friend and daughter while also offering herself A LOT of grace along the way.