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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, 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. Commissioned as a Commissioned Minister of Counseling by Connection Fellowship Church.  [View Full Bio]

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 Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Temperament Counselor through the National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA). Commissioned as a Commissioned Stephen’s Minister by Central Wesleyan Church. 

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

Karen served as a Stephens Minister (Lay Counselor) through her previous church in Holland, Michigan for 3 years. After moving to South Carolina in 2004, she and her husband participated in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors for 9 years. Karen served as the leader for several women’s Open Share Groups in Celebrate Recover such as: Codependency, Sexual Purity, and Chemical Dependency. She currently is Co-leading a Grief Share group and has worked through the ReGeneration program at her current church, Grace Church in Greer.

Karen has been a Pastoral Counselor with Life In Abundance since 2015 and she has a heart for women struggling with spiritual confusion, anxiety, depression, grief, post-partum depression, parenting challenges, relationship/family issues, life transitions, health issues and other common struggles.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Clinical Pastoral 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 Temperament Counselor through the NCCA. Commissioned as a Commissioned Minister of Counseling by Fellowship Greenville.

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. Ordained as a Pastor by Bridgeway Church.

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. He has a passion to lead groups that help people find freedom in community.

One of Jonathan’s biggest passions and joys is working with pastors, ministers and other Christian ministry workers.  Over the years God has used Jonathan to help these find a safe place to process and discuss the weight and traps of serving in a ministry capacity.  He has served in a ministry environment (churches, addiction and recovery, rescue shelters and parachurch outreaches) for over 25 years.  Helping leaders lead is one of the primary calls on his life.

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 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. She received Advanced Discipleship counseling training from Grace Ministries International, Atlanta.

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.

Rhonda Loftis

Rhonda Loftis

Licensed Professional Counselor

Rhonda Loftis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina. She holds a Masters of Education degree, with an emphasis in Community Agency Counseling, from Clemson University. Rhonda has over 20 years’ experience working with women, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of community agency settings. For the past 15 years she has been serving clients through her own ministry based private practice and partnering with other agencies as an independent contractor to provided professional counseling with an integration of Christian faith-based principles.

Rhonda’s experience includes individual, couples, family counseling, facilitating therapeutic groups, and equine assisted therapy. She also provides coaching to women/couples who are looking for support during seasons of life transition and/or in achieving overall life wellness goals and is a Certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment Facilitator.

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It is her desire to help clients positively respond to difficulties that arise from relational brokenness, loss and grief, and other life changes that may cause personal and relational distress. She is passionate about serving women and couples from a faith-based approach, graciously meeting clients where they are, to help them move forward toward healing and overall wellness with renewed strength, purpose and hope anchored in the steadfast love and truth of Christ. She enjoys working with clients toward whole person wellness needs of body, mind and soul so they can be equipped to fulfill their unique God designed purpose. Rhonda incorporates sound counseling and coaching methods with Biblical principles to help those she works with have opportunity for personal growth, develop a healthy identity and cultivate healthy relationship connections.

Rhonda is an original proud Texan at heart, but loves the mountains and all things outdoors. She has lived in the foothills of SC for several years and has been married to her best friend Michael for 23 years. She is mom of 4 children ranging in ages 29 to 14 and a grandma of three. Her three teenagers are home schooled. She is an active member at her church where she enjoys worshipping, discipling and serving with the body of Christ. Her hobby actually is exercise! She is a Certified Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructor and in her spare times leads faith-based group fitness classes. Her ideal day is starts with coffee and her Bible, catching a sunrise and ends with hanging out with her family, reading a good book and catching a sunset.

 

Meredith Yoder

Meredith Yoder

Temperament Counselor

Meredith received her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Temperament Counselor through NCCA. She also serves on staff at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church where she is commissioned as a Biblical Counselor and serves as the Preschool Director. Commissioned as a Commissioned Minister of Counseling by Boiling Springs First Baptist Church

Meredith and her husband, “Buddy” have been married for 20 years and together have three children. Originally from Florida, she has resided in South Carolina since 2014. She feels blessed to call South Carolina home and loves filling her days with ministry; serving both the church and her home.

Meredith is passionate about women and discipleship. She believes that spiritually and emotionally healthy women have the ability to have an eternal impact not only on their families but their community as well. She is excited to walk alongside women as they strive to live their lives for their good and God’s glory.

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Cindy is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor and 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 is commissioned by GracePoint Church.

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 Workshop, Support Group, 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.

Danielle Harmon

Danielle Harmon

CFP®

Danielle Harmon, CFP® is passionate about making professional financial advice more accessible to middle income families. That is why she founded Boundless Financial Services, LLC, a firm that provides financial coaching to women entrepreneurs and financial planning services to those in or near retirement. Danielle is a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional with a BS in Finance, and has worked in the financial services industry since 2006. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and XY Planning Network.  Her time away from the office is spent with her husband, Joel, and their three sons.

Marva Jeter

Marva Jeter

Community Workshop Organizer

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.

Stephanie Laserna

Stephanie Laserna

Support Group Facilitator

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with a major in Finance, from UNC Charlotte and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Christian Counseling.  She is an active member of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling (SACC) and serves as the Administrator for LIA School of Counseling, a Certified Academic Institution of the NCCA.  Additionally, she is a Temperament Counselor through the NCCA, has been a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Coach since 2007, and is commissioned as a Minister of Counseling by Grace Christian Church in Greenville.

In over 15 years as a Financial Coach, Stephanie has come to realize that money problems are typically a symptom of wrong mindsets and behaviors that must be addressed before someone can successfully follow a sound financial plan and enjoy true financial freedom.  After being introduced to the Director of Life in Abundance as a counseling resource for her financial coaching clients, she began to sense a calling to go beyond financial coaching and pursue her education as a Pastoral Counselor, in order to help people work through these root issues.  Her prayer is that this will not only lead to financial freedom in her clients’ lives but will ultimately lead to true freedom in the depths of their souls, because if the Son sets them free, they will be free indeed!  (John 8:36)

Stephanie grew up in the NC mountains but her husband’s civil engineering job brought them to the Upstate of SC in 1995.  They have attended Grace Christian Church in Greenville since moving to the area and now have two grown children.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors, in-depth Bible studies, reading, biking, playing games with her family, watching a good courtroom drama, organizing, boating, water sports, and visiting lighthouses, beaches, lakes, & waterfalls.

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.

Bethany Nemeth

Bethany Nemeth

Support Group Facilitator

Bethany obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Limestone University. During her time at Limestone, she served as a student editor of a career counseling textbook that was published in 2021.

Bethany is passionate about helping others realize and walk in their identity in Christ. She believes this realization is crucial during the formative years, and has thus spent many years serving young people from middle school to college age through several organizations and programs. This work has included mentorships, support groups, addiction prevention and recovery services, student counseling services, and the development of a student internship program, and a student health and wellness program.

Bethany is the Western Unit Representative for the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and is a member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling.

Bethany is a worship leader and resides in Simpsonville, SC.

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.