Christ’s Church Counseling
Dedicated to Biblically based, professional, and affordable counseling from a Christian perspective.
Jesus Christ – and His revelation in the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as the inspired Word of God – is the preeminent model for the Counseling Center’s practice, ethics, caregiving activities and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks. Christ’s Church counseling offers help with a wide variety of personal and family issues such as substance abuse, marital conflicts, divorce/blended family issues, grief, loss and separation issues, behavioral problems, addictive behavior, childhood abuse, family conflicts, depression, and issues of spirituality or identity.
In addition to individual counseling, during the school year we offer classes, support groups and Bible studies at various times in order to give opportunities for learning and for applying the truths of the Bible. These classes cover a range of topics including grief, pre-marital classes, healing from divorce, recovery from addictions, parenting, marriage and family classes. Whether a Bible study, a class about spiritual disciplines, or a support group for finding freedom from pain and suffering, there is always a chance for connection and growth.
We welcome the opportunity to partner with you in marriage preparation. Pre-marriage counseling is available for couples who wish to marry at Christ’s Church or use one of our ministers. Our desire is to help you develop tools that will increase your ability to serve and love each other for a lifetime. For further information regarding Premarital counseling, contact Cindy below or call 417-673-0090.
Stephen Ministers are compassionate members of our church family who undergo specialized training to provide intentional, one-on-one, Christ- centered care for individuals experiencing hardship.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
When you receive a cancer diagnosis your world is never the same. We are a group of fighters, survivors, and caregivers meeting up once a month to encourage, support, and offer comfort during your journey. No two stories are exactly the same, but who better understands than one who has experienced a similar situation?
This group is for cancer patients currently in treatment, those in remission, and their caregivers.
- Led by Liz Banwart, Lori Brock & Vicki Earhart
- Meets the 1st Sunday of every month at 10:45am and the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:45pm. You can choose which time works best for you.
Divorce Care provides a safe community to share your story while healing from the pain of divorce. You will meet others who understand what you are feeling and who can offer encouragement and accountability. You may join this group at any time.
- Led by Randy Cornell & Gina Funderburgh
- Sunday Morning at 9:15am, begins September 10
- Class Length: 13 weeks
- Book Cost: None
Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences and it is not something you should have to go through alone. Grief Share provides a safe community where group members can share their experiences while you go through the grieving and recovery process. Each week you will watch a video featuring leading experts on grief recovery topics, have time for small group discussions and you will receive a workbook for journaling and personal study exercises. You may join at any time. Contact Cindy at 417-673-0090 for more information.
- Led by Cindy Cutler & Dan Toney
- Wednesday Night at 6:30pm, begins September 6
- Class Length: 13 weeks
- Book Cost: $20
SPECIAL NEEDS PARENT SUPPORT CLASS
This class is designed as a place for parents to talk about the highs and lows of parenting a child with special needs, while building community with other parents who understand.
- Sunday Morning at 10:45am, begins September 10
- Class Length: Ongoing
- Book Cost: None
WHILE WE'RE WAITING
When a parent loses a child, you are faced with the reality of many years ahead of you before you are reunited with that child in Heaven. As you face those seemingly interminable years, we have some choices to make… Are you going to abandon or apply your faith? Are you going to allow grief to make you bitter, or allow God to use grief to make you better?
These, and many more questions, are discussed at the While We’re Waiting support groups. Here you’ll find other parents who have gone through the same life-altering moment of losing a child. Here you’ll find others who have found hope on the other side.
- Led by Ward and Tanya Thomas
- The first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, year round
REDEMPTION RECOVERY GROUP
This is open to those dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, anger management, food addictions, sexual addictions, and relationship addictions. Friends and family of the recovery person are welcome to attend. The Recovery Program is built on the Bible and the 12 Steps of AA. They meet on Tuesday evenings, year round, at 6:30pm. For more information contact Cindy at the Counseling Center 417-673-0090.
- Led by Dennis Hounshell and Lay Leaders
- Tuesday at 6:30pm, year round
- Student Ministry Center East
- Book Cost: None
Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule appointments by phone (417-673-0090) or filling out the form below.
Monday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Meet Our Counselors
Dennis Hounshell • Director / Counselor
Dennis Hounshell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Director of the Christ’s Church Counseling Center. Dennis received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Dennis is an ordained minister who focuses on family ministry and he brings a unique, multi-faceted perspective to counseling. Dennis teaches marriage and pre-marital classes and also leads and facilitates the Redemption Recovery program.
Naomi Hunter • Counselor
Naomi Hunter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Pittsburg State University. Naomi brings thirty years of counseling experience working in mental health agencies and private practice; the past ten years served in faith-based Counseling. Naomi is Court Certified in Mediation and holds EMDR Trauma Certification. Naomi professes that “God’s Authority in scripture is the foundation from which all therapies are considered.”
Kim Goldin • Counselor
Kim Goldin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from John Brown University. Kim brings 23 years of ministry experience into her counseling profession. She approaches counseling with the perspective that we live in a broken, fallen world with broken, fallen people, meaning we often need to talk with someone to bring clarity to our thoughts and deal with the hard things that life can bring. Kim & her husband, Jim, along with their 2 adult daughters, have been part of Christ’s Church family since 1993.
Kathi Smith • Counselor
Kathi Smith is one of our Biblical Counselors, as well as a Discipleship Minister. With a focus to walk with women through the challenges of life, Kathi helps others access the reality of Christ’s presence in the midst of trials. Kathi is part of the One Another leadership team, teaching and equipping God’s people to come alongside others. Kathi and her husband Mike have called Christ’s Church ‘home’ since 2008. They celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2020 and are the proud parents of 3 adult children; Tori, Madison, and Noah. Kathi holds a “Certificate of Biblical Counseling” through Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation.