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
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Our Ministry Offices in Conroe:
Our Ministry Team:
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...
Melissa Coy, Pre-Licensed
Marriage & Family Counselor
I have one year of experience with individual and group counseling through practicum and internship. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Regent University and graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and has been the Women’s Ministry Director at Crossroads Church for the last five years. I view counseling as a ministry, and privilege to be invited into someone else's life for a season. I believe in a collaborative approach to help each client develop their own individual counseling goals and plan to reach those goals. I follow a faith-based wellness model for mental health. I will adjust counseling techniques to meet the unique needs of each client. I align myself with an Eclectic Model, MCBT, Hope-Focused Couples Approach, as well as Prepare/Enrich .
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.
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
Student 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
Cocoa, our emotionally intuitive Certified Therapy Dog.
(She's available to help in sessions, at request of clients.)
Our Administrative Support Team:
Kelle Neveu Terri VanderKaay Timothy VanderKaay
Office Manager Accounting Social Media Coordinator