About Us


We are a Christian 501(c)3 non-profit ministry focused on helping people build or rebuild strong relationships with God and each other.

Our Vision is to be active agents of God’s grace in relationships


Our Mission is to equip and empower individuals, couples, and families to have thriving relationships with God and others


Click here to read about "What We Believe…"

Click here to read about "What We Value..."


Our Ministry Team:


John-Terri

Dr. John and Terri VanderKaay, ministry leaders

Dr. John has more than twenty five years experience in ministry; Fifteen years in military chaplaincy, in both Active Duty and Reserves, including combat tour of duty in Iraq; Selected as Senior Protestant Chaplain twice as a Captain; Featured in several newspapers, US Air Force website and Department of Defense’s Real Warriors program for work in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide Intervention.  He holds a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, a Masters of Divinity, specializing in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Counseling.   John & Terri have been married 25+ years and have five children.


A word from Dr. John...

"My ideal client is one that wants to improve their relationship and is willing to take personal responsibility for their part in making it happen, even if they don't know exactly what that looks like. They don't come in looking for me to 'fix' their spouse, but come in seeking help from a wise partner to help improve themselves and their relationship. The ideal client has a moral base through faith in a personal relationship with God to draw on when facing difficult times.


I have served in combat as a military chaplain and understand the cost of war. Although it is usually a misspelling, many couples have come to believe that marital and martial are the same thing. But it's not supposed to be that way. Couples aren't supposed to be enemies in war. I bring my training and experience to bear to help couples win in marriage.

I understand the struggles of relationships, especially marriage. We are supposed to learn how to be married well by watching Dad and Mom demonstrate it to us as we grow up. If they didn't do a good job, where would you learn how to have a great marriage? That's where I come in. I help give tools & hope to help couples build incredible relationships."

Check Dr. John out on Psychology Today...


David, our MFT Intern

David Powell, Marriage & Family Counseling Intern

After retiring from a 40-year career that involved working with families managing their money, I decided to follow a long-term passion. I enrolled in Abilene Christian Universities’ Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy and am now in an internship under Dr. John VanderKaay and the ACU faculty.

Training

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Christian Perspective, Gottman, Solution Focused, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, and Motivational Interviewing.


Areas of Expertise 

Couples/Marriage Counseling, Individual Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Communication, Job/Sports Performance, Sleep, and Pain Management

Memberships

Member – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Member – American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Member – The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Member – Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

Click Here to hear a message from David.



Cocoa, our emotionally intuitive Certified Therapy Dog.  

She's available to help in sessions, by request of clients. 

Therapy dog

Cocoa, resting after a hard session


Our Administrative Support Team

Kelle, Our Office Manager

Danielle, our Development Director


                        







              Kelle Neveu                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Danielle VanderKaay

           Office Manager                                                                                                                                                                                                           Director of Development


Future Plans For The Ministry include a Pastoral & Couple Retreat Center

Want more information?

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Our Hours of Operation

We're here to serve you during these hours.

Primary

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed